Sandcut Beach – Jordan River Regional Park

Jordan River Regional Park is east 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. This park is the west coast highway just past point-no-point café and motel. The park lines both sides of the highway with four small creeks flowing through it. It covered one hundred and eighty seven hectares of steep slopes of the Southern Vancouver Island. This parkland hosts Sandcut Beach Trail and Jordan River Camp Ground. The forests are coastal hemlock, fir and red cedar.  This is a second growth forest with selective logging the trees in the early nineteen hundreds. The forest floor has salal, ocean spray and snow berry bushes filling the understory where light penetrates through the canopy.  The trail to Sandcut Beach has several stair steps made of wood and dirt connected by boardwalks with high rails. It is a steep yet short distance to the sand and cobble beach. Sandcut Creek has a lovely cascade waterfall, found to the east of the beach access, when water conditions are high enough. The creek flows over a sandstone cliff and is a good place to take in the view of the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. McManns Creek flows through the park near the trail. A three kilometer stroll along the beach to the west will take you to Jordan River Campground. Jordan River lies immediately west of the campground. This is best access during calm wind conditions and lower tide cycles. This is great place to walk in your back yard.

Geographical location N48º 25’ 02”  W124º 01’ 05”

Jordan River Regional Park can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. It lies about an hour and a half from Victoria.  Take the Langford Parkway exit and follow along to reach Sooke Road (Hwy 14). Follow highway 14 as it becomes the West Coast Road. Continue along to reach Sand Cut Beach with parking immediately off the roadway.  There is limited parking in this area. The campground is further along the road.

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