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Where to next on Vancouver Island: Sooke Boardwalk Loop

•  Easy-Moderate
Time:
30min - 1hr
Length:
1.75km (1.1mi)

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Sooke Boardwalk Loop - Breathtaking Walk You Shouldn't Miss

Explore Sooke with our favourite short hike along the Sooke Boardwalk, which only takes 1.75 km to complete but gives you the authentic feel of this area! You can find public parking on Highway 14 and start your journey by following the sidewalk toward Ed Macgregor Park.

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Ed Macgregor Park Sooke Boardwalk loopNamed after the first Mayor this park this small park packs a punch. You will find a lovely garden to stroll through, a small amphitheatre and stone pillars, relocated from the fiery ruins of the historic Belvedere Hotel.

Walkway through the forest. At the end of the park, you can move down the wheelchair-accessible wooden switchback walkway through a peaceful bit of forest featuring large spruce and alder trees opening up to the beautiful Sooke Harbour.

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Note:

  1. The wooden switchback walkway is wheelchair accessible, but it’s still fairly steep and would be a challenging climb back up. The wood can be slippery in winter due to the rain and lack of sun to dry out the boards.

Tips and Suggestions

The Artisans Garden Along Murry Road is a must-stop to enjoy a coffee and a little shopping.

Parking: Choose from one of two small parking lots. The first is on Sooke Road, located just before Ed Macgregor Park the second is located at the end of Murray Road.

Bus: There is a bus stop along Sooke Road for bus numbers 61, 64 and 65. Visit BC Transit for more info.

Amenities: There are washrooms at Ed Macgregor Park but are often closed due to vandalism.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Marine Boardwalk?
The boardwalk is about 400meters. The full hike is about 1.5 km

Where can I catch crabs in Sooke?
The Sooke Boardwalk and Rotary Pier are the most common places to Crab in Sooke without a boat

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Sooke Boardwalk

walking down through the trees on the wheel chair accessible boardwalk from Ed Macgregor Park As you hike down the trail opens up to a 180-degree view of the harbour, the sea life comes alive. Bald eagles, herons, seals and crabs are all commonly seen during the stroll as the boardwalk connects to the Rotary Pier.

You’ll be sure to run into someone crabbing off the pier as it’s a popular place for locals. There are benches to enjoy the fresh sea air and the incredible views.

Take one of the two sets of aluminum stairs down to floating docks on each side of the pier. The platforms lower and rise with the tide. On hot days you might see children jumping in to cool off. Stay out long enough; you will see local seals, eagles and other wildlife.

Looking to get off the beaten path? Along the shore is a short trail that connects the entrance points of Sooke Boardwalk and Rotary Pier. This trail is narrow and rooted but gives you access to the small pebble beaches.

Sooke boardwalk stairsAs you head to the base of the pier, turn to the right to go up the stairs. Take your time as it’s pretty steep and the hill that follows can be challenging for some. Once at the top of the hill, there is a second parking lot with a sailor statue and informative historical plaques. Continue up a block and on your right is Artisan’s Garden, hidden in the large hedges it’s a great place to stop for a coffee, look at flowers or find a local Artisan keepsake.

Continue another block and you have made it to up Sooke (as the locals call it) where you’ll find shops and restaurant options!

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"Great little gem in Sooke. Starts off as pretty regular park, but it leads to a beautiful boardwalk all the way down to the ocean. Was a great little suprise! I recommend going down to the boardwalk and checking it out. There were a bunch of people crabbing off the dock too!"

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This Sooke Boardwalk Loop offers ocean views, small-town charm, and beautiful scenery and is just 45 minutes from Victoria. All great reasons thousands of people visit every year.

There’s more to the tiny seaside town than many might think. The magic lies in its natural beauty – stunning water views along with plenty of outdoor activities for both visitors and locals alike, including hiking trails through surrounding forests or kayaking on protected waters near shoreline beaches.

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For those cool winter escapades, your go-to should include quality rain gear, topped off with a cozy beanie or toque, and a pair of light gloves to keep the chill at bay.

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FAQ:

How long is Marine Boardwalk?
The boardwalk is about 400meters. The full hike is about 1.5 km

Where can I catch crabs in Sooke?
The Sooke Boardwalk and Rotary Pier are the most common places to Crab in Sooke without a boat

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