The largest park reserve in the region, the Sooke Hills provides a buffer to Greater Victoria Water Supply Catchment and includes Mount Braden which at (471m) is the highest peak in the CRD Regional Parks system.
The Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Reserve is not open to public access at this time. Access is restricted to protect CRD’s water supply and for safety due to lack of public facilities and services.
Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail
CRD Regional Parks priority in this park reserve is to complete a new regional park trail – Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail. The CRD is developing this new trail to fill part of the gap in The Great Trail (TGT) route within the region. The 13km Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail will be developed between the Humpback Reservoir and the Capital Regional District-Cowichan Valley Regional District boundary. The CRD gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance provided by the Trans Canada Trail organization, through three grants totaling over $700,000, for trail planning requirements and upcoming construction.
Construction is underway. As an active construction site, it is imperative that no access occurs along the proposed route. Our aim is to open the trail in July 2017 as part of the TGT’s 25th anniversary celebration and Canada’s 150th!
Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail will provide part of both The Great Trail and the Vancouver Island Spine Trail routes. It will connect with the Cowichan Valley Trail, which is being extended to join the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail. It will connect to City of Langford trails and streets, and link with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which also are part of The Great Trail route.
Once completed, the unpaved wilderness trail will be challenging with steep grades. It will be suitable for mountain biking and hiking. It will offer a unique wilderness experience as it travels through remote areas and wildlife habitat.
Watch this site for updates on construction and the opening of this new trail!
Size: 4090.17 hectares
© Image courtesy of Rick Eppler