Goodridge Green Space

 

Goodridge Green Space is in the seaside community of Sooke, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This green space is near the Goodridge Peninsula in Sooke Basin which connects with the harbor, Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. This peninsula forms the southern side of Cooper Cove where Ayum Creek flows into the basin. The old water tower is a remnant of the forty years that the land was used as a log mill and storage site. Prior to that the peninsula was slated as parkland by the Franco Canadian Company when the subdivision of Saseenos was designed. And as early as two thousand and eight hundred years ago Goodridge Peninsula was a seasonal refuge for the local residents by described by the Royal British Columbia Museum. The green space is near the large parking area at the gated end of Goodridge Road. Small shrubs and a Douglas fir tree are found near here. It is a good place to stroll along the rock and sand shoreline. The area is a good site for observing local and migratory birds including eagles, hawks, vultures, mergansers, bufflehead, grebe, oyster catches and gulls. The shore line is a possible place to set off in personal water craft. Ayum Creek Park is nearby as is Cooper Cove Green Space.

Geographical location N48º 23’ 20”  W123º 39’ 45”

Goodridge Green Space can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Take the Langford Parkway exit and follow along to reach Sooke Road (Hwy 14). Follow Sooke Road and turn left onto Goodridge Road. Follow the road to the gate and look for parking on the gravel area to the right. This is about a forty minute drive from Victoria. There is a city bus stop along Sooke Road near Goodridge Road.

Further information about this green space and peninsula:

https://vancouverislandbigtrees.blogspot.com/2012/07/log-booms-past-and-present.html

Picnic on Goodridge Peninsula

Sooke’s sawmill was one of the most efficient in Canada

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