Tucked between Metchosin farmlands, this small nature sanctuary offers a quiet refuge. This 16-hectare conservation area preserves many diverse habitats. By following the main Beach Trail, you will wind through woodlands and past Sherwood Creek, until you emerge at the open coast.


  • Gentle walking trail through mixed woodland and along a winding creek
  • Cobble beach for picnicking and exploration
  • Bird watching at Sherwood Pond
  • Spectacular views of Juan de Fuca Strait, Race Rocks and the Olympic Mountains

Trail Rating: Easy to Moderate
Size: 15.80 hectares
Location: William Head Road in Metchosin
Established: 1980
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Things to Do

Follow the trails and Sherwood Creek through Douglas-fir and broadleaf maple forests to Sherwood Pond. This is a good bird watching spot, particularly for migrating waterfowl.

Picnic at the cobble beach — you might see river otters, harbour seals or even a pod of orcas. On a clear day you can see Victoria, with Mount Baker rising in the background.

If you're on horseback, enjoy the equestrian trail with its view over neighbouring meadows.


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How to Get There

Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Colwood exit. Follow the Old Island Highway, which turns into Sooke Road. From Sooke Road, turn left on Metchosin Road, which turns into William Head Road at the Happy Valley Road junction. Follow William Head Road to the park entrance on the left. Allow approximately 40 minutes driving time from Victoria.

Public Transportation

Take BC Transit bus #50 from Victoria to the Langford Exchange. Transfer to #54 or #55 to William Head Road at Lombard Drive. The bus stop is at the park entrance. Contact BC Transit for schedule information.

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Park Videos

Learn more about birds on these short Shaw TV videos featuring CRD naturalists.

Please conserve our Parks

Please follow these rules to keep the park natural and enjoyable for everyone.

  • Stay on designated trails
  • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers
  • Dogs must be on leash or under control to avoid injuring or disturbing people, pets or wildlife
  • Pick up dog droppings and take them to the trash
  • Leave no trace and carry out litter
  • Motorized vehicles, camping, open fires, smoking, and alcohol are prohibited

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