||Parks & Trails; Recreation
||Juan de Fuca; Langford
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|Contracted To / Performed By
||Multiple contractors and CRD
The CRD has opened a new regional park trail, Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail! It provides part of the route of both The Great Trail (formerly known as The Trans Canada Trail) and the Vancouver Island Spine Trail. The hiking and biking trail lies in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park.
About the Trail
The new 13km Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail lies between the Humpback Road in the City of Langford and the Capital Regional District-Cowichan Valley Regional District boundary. This trail is the first visitor opportunity created within the Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park—a 4,090-hectare wilderness area. It offers hiking and cycling, and in the northern section, horseback riding. A key feature is a 41-metre suspension bridge across the Goldstream River at the south end. At the north section are excellent hilltop vistas of the surrounding mountains, Finlayson Arm, and Greater Victoria.
Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail provides part of the route for The Great Trail network and the Vancouver Island Spine Trail. The Great Trail is one of the world's longest networks of multi-use recreational trails. To the north, at the boundary of the Capital Regional District and the Cowichan Valley Regional District, The Great Trail route continues along the Cowichan Valley Trail. To the south, it winds through Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park, then on street and trails in the City of Langford and connects to the CRD’s Galloping Goose Regional Trail. It runs along the waterfront in the City of Victoria and ends at Clover Point.
The CRD gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance provided by the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) Foundation, through grants totaling over $700,000. Of particular note is a contribution from TimberWest to the TCT of $100,000 made specifically for the development of this trail. The CRD also acknowledges the $500,000 contribution of the Province of BC. The support of these funders has allowed the CRD to reach a goal that was first envisioned in the late 1990s.
© Image courtesy of Phil Petersen