This neighbour to Roche Cove Regional Park and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail offers nature appreciation, hiking, swimming and fishing.
- Picturesque lake and beach set behind forested hills
- Lake is stocked with catchable Rainbow Trout
- Several kilometres of trails, including the Galloping Goose Regional Trail
Trail Rating: Moderate
Size: 156.97 hectares
Location: Matheson Lake Park Road in Metchosin
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Things to Do
On a hot summer day, Matheson Lake is a perfect place to enjoy a refreshing dip and a picnic at the sandy beach area.
In any season, hikers can enjoy the loop trail around the lake, or explore the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which leads to adjacent Roche Cove Regional Park and points further afield.
Matheson Lake is an excellent starting point for a cycle day trip on the Galloping Goose Trail.
Ample parking at the entrance with room for full-size buses. There is an information kiosk in the parking lot. Bikes are not allowed in the park but there is a bike rack for those accessing the park from the Galloping Goose.
There is a toilet at the main beach.
How to Get There
Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Colwood exit. Follow the Old Island Highway, which turns into Sooke Road. From Sooke Road, turn left on Happy Valley Road, then right on Rocky Point Road, and right again on Matheson Lake Park Road, which leads to the park entrance. Allow approximately 35 minutes driving time from Victoria.
©Image courtesy of Rosemary Neering