Priest Cabin Park is west of the seaside community of Sooke, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia and lies in the Juan de Fuca Electoral District of British Columbia. Priest Cabin Park is a six and half hectare nature park. The park has a second growth forest with many cedar, fir and hemlock trees. The trail is rough and about two hundred and eighty meter long. The parkland has wonderful views of the French Beach area and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Olympic Mountains of Washington State are also pretty spectacular. The cabin was built by a Jesuit Priest, Father Sherburne and donated for parkland to the Capital Regional District in the year two thousand. This park is good place to enjoy bird watching and a more remote nature walk. Swallow Creek flows from the hills beyond the parkland. The trail access to the park is through District Lot 177 and is about a kilometer long. Once your arrive at the park and have more time the trail continues well past this park to the four hundred and eighty meter summit of the Matterhorn; the access was logged again in the mid twenty teens so the access to Matterhorn is through cut blocks and logging roads. It is a good place to explore in your back yard.
Geographical location N48º 23’ 15” W123º 44’ 20”
Priest Cabin 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 past Sooke, past Shirley and past French Beach Provincial Park. Turn right onto Juan de Fuca Road/Cedar Coast Drive and look for the trial access about four hundred meters east of the Drive. The trail is about walk up the gravel roadways (which are old logging roads) and look for the trail access on the right near a copse of trees. There is a yellow barrier gate indicating that this is private property so stay on the roadway to reach the CRD trail sign on the right. There is limited parking in this area. City buses travel along Sooke Road.
Maps and information at the CRD park page:
Further information about Father Sherburne https://jesuitsmidwest.org/memoriam-detail/Fr.-Richard-F.-Sherburne,-SJ and https://issuu.com/naaaxo/docs/rojuly2011issue