Sooke River Park

Sooke River Park is in the seaside community of Sooke, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The park hosts the Sooke Horseshoe Pitch with its fenced and secured pitches and grounds. The Sooke River Park includes a limited access area of the Sooke River tidal area. This estuary or tidal area is referred to as the Sooke Estuary. This community owned nature park is adjacent to the Sooke River near the bridge of Sooke Road (Hwy 14). The parkland protects the estuary of the Sooke River. These include the mudflats that are exposed during low tides and is a spawning area for salmon, eulachon and stickleback fish. The estuary attracts many mammals and birds. Seals, sea lions, raccoons, mink, river otters, bears and cougars can been seen in this estuary. Many birds such as ducks, owls, nighthawk, swifts, hummingbirds, woodpeckers and geese, migratory birds like swans, sandpipers, and gulls are more often seen.  Crustaceans, shellfish, worms, and aquatic, semi aquatic and terrestrial plants are seen here. The riparian area along the shores of the Sooke River has a few old tall trees such as big leaf maple, cedar, hemlock and Douglas fir. The view point of the park is near the highway bridge.

The park is best accessed from the river and the Sooke Basin using shallow draft boats, kayaks and paddle boards. It is a unique area on the coast of southern Vancouver Island. The Sooke River watershed drains from thirty-four thousand hectare area. There is a spawning channel for salmon near Charters River, one of the tributaries of Sooke River. The SEAPARC Arena and Swimming Pool, the Sooke Region Museum and historical area. Personal watercraft can be launched from Billings Spit Green Space, Kaltisin Park and, with permission, from Sooke Campground.

 

Geographical location N48º 23’ 19”  W123º 42’ 5” at horseshoe pitch

 

Sooke River Park 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 to the Sooke River Road. Turn right onto Sooke River Road and look for the park on the left beside the horseshoe pitch. Fred Milne sport fields are on the right. There is parking beside the pitch. This is about a forty minute drive from Victoria. There is a city bus stop along Sooke Road near the Sooke River Road.

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