DeMamiel Creek Park

 

DeMamiel Creek Park is in the seaside community of Sooke, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. Stretched over two kilometers along the creek sides the DeMamiel Creek, this park hosts a series of pleasant urban trails in the Sunriver neighborhood. DeMamiel Creek is named after an adventurous governess of the Muir family named Sophia Jane. She lived briefly in Sooke in the eighteen sixties and had joined the family exploring the Sooke River area. Prior names for the creek include Little Creek, and Council Rock Creek.  DeMamiel Creek Park has several wetland areas with some unique plants and animals. The creek is part of the Sooke River watershed and has cedar, fir and hemlock trees with salmon berry bushes, sword and maidenhair ferns, mint ocean spray and salal in a few areas. This forest parkland parallels the creek bed where several salmon species spawn and other small aquatic organisms, like caddis fly and stone fly larvae live. Where the parkland was developed trees like cottonwood and alder trees grow. The footpaths in the park are mostly gravel and dirt. The park connects with smaller nature trails in the area as well as to the parks and schools on the southern side of the creek. The DeMamiel Creek Conservancy area is located off of Otter Point Road.

Geographic location N48º 23’ 38”  W123º 42’ 52”

DeMamiel Creek Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Langford Parkway exit and follow along to reach Sooke Road (Hwy 14). Follow Highway 14 to Phillips Road. Turn right onto Phillips Road and look for the trail access between homes 2302 and 2298. There is limited parking along Phillips Road. Additional trails into the parkland are from Sunriver Way between homes 2386 and 2388 and homes 2402 and 2404 as well as between homes 2408 and 2412. From Stonewood Drive there is a footpath found between homes 6505 and 6503. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Phillips Road into the Sunriver neighborhood.

Further online information in the Sooke News Mirror

https://www.sookenewsmirror.com/news/the-naming-of-demamiel-stream/

 

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