Mount Matheson Park

 

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Mount Matheson Park is in the seaside community of East Sooke. East Sooke is in the Juan de Fuca Electoral District and is bordered by Sooke and Metchosin both of which are one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This property is about sixteen hectares. It has mature Douglas fir trees and a water reservoir protected by a covenant formed in two thousand and two between The Land Conservancy, Habitat Acquisition Trust and the Wilderness Mountain Water Corporation. The Wilfred reservoir was from two dams. The Wilderness Mountain community water tower and water shed are not accessible as part of this green space. Ascent up the steep rough footpath to the summit of craggy Mount Matheson. The slope has mosses, lichens and a few succulents. The bedrock composed of metamorphosed Eocene basalt with green schist facies. Eyelet rebars are reminders of a fire lookout tower from the early nineteen hundreds which were located on most of the high peaks in the area.  The wetland plants and animals can be found in the area. Doerr Creek drains down from the area along Mount Matheson Road. Cains Trail to Matheson Lake Regional Park, Roche Cove Regional Park and East Sooke Regional Park are nearby.

 

Geographical location N48º 21’ 33”  W123º 36’ 35”

 

Mount Matheson Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Langford Parkway exit and follow along to reach Sooke Road (Hwy 14). Turn right to follow highway 14 westward to Gillespie Road. Turn left onto Gillespie Road to turn left onto Mount Matheson Road. Then turn left onto Cains Way and left onto Ambience Place. There is parking in the turnabout of the street. Allow about half an hour of driving time to reach the parking lot. City buses travel along the Gillespie Road during weekdays.

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