||Parks & Trails; Recreation
||Juan de Fuca; Langford
|Estimated Start Date
|Estimated End Date
|Contracted To / Performed By
||Multiple contractors and CRD
The CRD is developing a new regional park trail, Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail, as part of the The Great Trail (formerly known as The Trans Canada Trail) route. The goal is to complete the trail by July 2017, the 25th anniversary of the Trail and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
The hiking and biking trail will be developed between the Humpback Reservoir in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Reserve and the CRD - Cowichan Valley Regional District boundary.
The trail is in the Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Reserve. The Reserve and Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail are not open to the public at this time. Construction is underway and as an active construction site, it is imperative that no access occurs along the proposed route. Our aim is to have the trail open for use in July 2017.
About the Trail
The entire trail will be approximately 13 kilometres when completed. The unpaved wilderness trail will range between 2-3m wide and have minimal facilities with some steep hills. It will be suitable for biking and hiking and offer a wilderness experience as it travels through forested and remote areas.
Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail will provide part of the route for The Great Trail and the Vancouver Island Spine Trail. It the north end it will connect with the Cowichan Valley Trail, which is being extended south of Shawnigan Lake. At the south end, it will connect to City of Langford trails and streets and link with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, all of which are part of The Great Trail route.
Three sections of the trail, including a suspension bridge, are being developed by contract through a tender process. One contract will cover construction of trail through three forest areas. The second contract is for the Goldstream River crossing (trail approaches and suspension bridge). The bridge will be 41 metres in length.
© Image courtesy of Phil Petersen