Tugwell Creek Green Space 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. Tugwell Creek watershed is about twenty one hectares and flows from the San Juan Ridge to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The creek mouth and small estuary provides terrific views of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State and the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The creek supports coho, chum salmon populations. Spawning in the creeks occurs later summer into the winter months. The watershed has been logged over past one hundred years so the forest is in various stages of regrowth. The creek was named after Thomas Tugwell, an entrepreneur settler whom arrived in Victoria in the eighteen fifties. His Sea View Farm was a seed homestead in the area referred to presently as Gordon’s Beach. Mr. Tugwell harvested fir and spruce cones for the markets overseas. This green space is near the bridge that crosses over the creek for the West Coast Road. This is a pleasant place to walk in your back yard.
Geographical location N48º 22’ 32” W123º 51’ 4”
Tugwell Creek 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 highway 14 also know as the West Coast Road past Gordon’s Beach. Look for the Tugwell Creek Bridge and turn off on the west side into a small pull out. The trail to the waterfront is on the other side of the road. There is limited parking in this area. City buses travel along Sooke Road.