William Simmons Memorial Community Park is in the seaside community of Sooke, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia and is part of the Juan De Fuca Electoral District Parkland. William Simmons was a local area resident and long-time friend of Erik Sellars St. Clare whom donated about half the land for the park. The property was known as La Beaumelle since nineteen forty eight. This is a diverse nature park with a small lake, Poirier Lake, and many hiking, walking and equestrian trails. This six and half hectare park has a wide selections of trails and pathways for every visitor. There is a wonderful picnic area with a shelter and picnic area that is manicured. The garden area contains thirty three fruit trees and many exotic plant species from the original homestead. There are nearly five hundred meters of hiking trails with in the parkland that extend into the Crown lands forming the area of Broom Hill Park. Small beach lies on the shore of Poirier Lake which is good for seasonal swimming. The equestrian area has a picnic site with hitching post and manure bin. This is a good place to walk in your back yard.
Geographical location N48º 23’ 43” W123º 45’ 58”
William Simmons 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 Otter Point Road. Turn right onto Otter Point Road and continue along the roadway to reach the park. Look for the park on the right near the signs for the park. There is parking in this area. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Otter Point Road.