Walks in Your Backyard

A pocket guide to

Sooke Parks, Playgrounds and Green Spaces


The harbourside District of Sooke provides a tranquil refuge on southern Vancouver Island. As one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia, Sooke provides a relaxed, casual lifestyle in a rural setting with waterfront walks, meandering rainforest trails and breathtaking vistas of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Care and respect must be taken when strolling in Sooke as the area also has a lot of open private lands and it is difficult to tell the difference between those and parkland.  The Galloping Goose Trail lies on the eastern edge of the village of Sooke. The Trail can be combined with more hikes to explore further into the hills and mountains to the north, toward Shawnigan Lake.

The walks described in this blog vary in distance. There are few that are several meters and thus a few moments of your day. Others can extend to several kilometers. Enjoy these walks in your back yard.

As all else, trails are altered and the conditions of the parks and green spaces that I describe in this blog change.  I ask that you help to keep this book current and useful. For the enjoyment of all parks, playgrounds, and green spaces, please carry out any litter, respect adjacent property, pickup after your dog and keep dogs on a leash, and do not pick the wildflowers, mushrooms or other vegetation.

Exploration is footsteps away in your backyard.

Galloping Goose Trail – Sooke

Roche Cove Regional Park

Matheson Lake Regional Park

Kellett Point Green Space

Anderson Cove Park

Mount Matheson Park

Cains Trail – Matheson Lake Park

Park Heights Park

Parks Heights Trail – East Sooke Park

Copper Mine Park

Copper Mine Trail – East Sooke Park

Seagrit Park

Pike Trail – East Sooke Park

Endurance Ridge Trail – East Sooke Park

Packford Green Space

Glinz Lake Camp Thunderbird

Cooper Cove Park

Ayum Creek Park

Ludlow Park

Allman Park

Humpback Sooke Flowline Green Space

Sea to Sea Regional Park

Sooke Mountain Provincial Park

Mowich Drive Park

Blythwood Park

Goodridge Green Space

Sooke Harbour Cemetery Green Space

Seabroom Park

Kaltasin Park

 Billings Spit Green Space

Saseenos Elementary School Green Space

Edward Milne Community Green Space

Fred Milne Sports Park

Sooke River Park

Sooke River Road Park

 Kirby Park

Sooke River Regional Park Reserve

Charters River – Sea to Sea Park

Sooke Potholes Parks

Kapoor Regional Park

Sooke Regional Museum Green Space

SEAPARC Green Space

Sooke Campground Flats Green Space

DeMamiel Creek Park

Rivers Edge Green Space

Painter Pond Park

Sunriver Stormwater Pond and Trail Park

Sunriver Green Space

Sunriver Park

Sunriver Community Garden Green Space

Shambrook Green Space

Poplar Green Space

Driftwood Ponds Park

Driftwood Green Space

Cedarview Park

Riverstone Drive Park

Phillips Road Trial

Sooke Skate Board Park

DeMamiel Creek Golf Course Green Space

Throup Road Park

Art Morris Park

Journey Middle School Green Space

Steeple Chase Green Space

Ecole Poirer Elementary School Green Space

Helgesen Park

Felderhof Park

Arranwood Drive Park

Arranwood Drive Green Space

Woodland Creek Park

Caffery Place Green Space

Ponds Park Corridor

Church Hill Meadows Park

 Kingdom Hall Green Space

St Rose of Lima Catholic Church Green Space

Bamford Place Park

Grant Solent Green Space

Colledge Road Green Space

Sooke Elementary School Green Space

Country Road Green Space

Knox Presbyterian Church Green Space

Belvista Green Space

Terrott Park

Cains Family Park

 Sooke Lions Park

Holy Trinity Anglican Church Green Space

Murray Road Park

Ed Macgregor Park






Additional Reading

Art of Sooke Harbour House

Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island

John Muir: West Coast Pioneer

T’souke (Sooke)