This neighbour to Roche Cove Regional Park and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail offers nature appreciation, hiking, swimming and fishing.

Features

  • Picturesque lake and beach set behind forested hills
  • Lake is stocked with catchable Rainbow Trout
  • Several kilometres of trails, including the Galloping Goose Regional Trail

Trail Rating: Moderate
Size: 156.97 hectares
Location: Matheson Lake Park Road in Metchosin
Established: 1994
Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Things to Do

On a hot summer day, Matheson Lake is a perfect place to enjoy a refreshing dip and a picnic at the sandy beach area.

In any season, hikers can enjoy the loop trail around the lake, or explore the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which leads to adjacent Roche Cove Regional Park and points further afield.

Matheson Lake is an excellent starting point for a cycle day trip on the Galloping Goose Trail.

Amenities

Information Kiosk Parking Lot Picnic Area Public Transit Toilet

Ample parking at the entrance with room for full-size buses. There is an information kiosk in the parking lot. Bikes are not allowed in the park but there is a bike rack for those accessing the park from the Galloping Goose.

There is a toilet at the main beach.

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 Happy Valley Road, then right on Rocky Point Road, and right again on Matheson Lake Park Road, which leads to the park entrance. Allow approximately 35 minutes driving time from Victoria.

Photo Credit

©Image courtesy of Rosemary Neering


Matheson Lake Regional Park
Metchosin
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Alerts & Notices

  • Fire danger rating is Extreme, campground fire ban in effect

    Fires and smoking prohibited at all CRD parks & trails, including campgrounds. Please take extreme care in natural areas #CRDParks #BCwildfire. Read more >>

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Beach Advisories

Island Health takes water samples at popular beach areas each summer. Beach advisories are posted on their website and at the beach where monitoring has shown the water may be unsafe for swimming due to elevated bacteria levels.

Boating Regulations

The only motorized boats permitted on Matheson Lake are those with electric motors.

Please conserve our Parks

  • Stay on designated trails 
  • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers
  • Keep your dog under control
  • Pick up your dog's droppings
  • Leave no trace and carry out litter
  • Smoking is prohibited
  • Bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited
  • Camping, open fires and alcohol are prohibited

Dog Restrictions

From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay.

Please be aware that some regional parks have specific regulations regarding dogs. Read more >>

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