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Roche Cove Park

The primordial temperate rainforest surrounding the unique sheltered cove provides a unique opportunity for solitude and harmony with nature. Hike along a cool creek at midday or paddle still waters in early morning light at this serene West Coast park.

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Contact Information
Address:
Gillespie Road, Sooke, BC, Canada
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Description

History

Roche Cove and Roche Harbour in Sooke Basin are named for Richard Roche, 3rd Lieutenant on HMS Satellite, a British naval vessel stationed in Victoria from 1857-1860. Picnic at the protected cove after an easy walk from the parking area. The sand reveals little-neck clams and barnacles at low tide. At high tide, look for sea stars moving over broken shells in search of food. On the water, you might see migrating ducks, such as red-breasted mergansers, Barrow’s golden-eye or buffleheads.

The primordial temperate rainforest surrounding the unique sheltered cove provides a unique opportunity for solitude and harmony with nature. Hike along a cool creek at midday or paddle still waters in early morning light at this serene West Coast park.

 

Features

Serenity and seclusion on a mossy slope or by a quiet cove

Seven kilometres of trails through cedar forest and along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail

Hilltop views of Roche Cove and the Sooke Basin

Trail Rating: Moderate
Size: 162.59 hectares
Location: Gillespie Road in East Sooke
Established: 1985
Hours: sunrise to sunset

 

Things to Do

Roche Cove
Picnic at the protected cove after an easy walk from the parking area. The sand reveals little-neck clams and barnacles at low tide. At high tide, look for sea stars moving over broken shells in search of food. On the water, you might see migrating ducks, such as red-breasted mergansers, Barrow’s golden-eye or buffleheads.

Matheson Creek Trail
This trail follows the creek through a forest lush with bracken fern and a grove of western red cedars and connects to nearby Matheson Lake Regional Park. (Note: The trail may be impassable in winter.)

Cedar Grove Trail
For a more invigorating hike, try the Cedar Grove Trail.

Galloping Goose User-Friendly Trail
Roche Cove is an excellent starting point for a day outing on the popular Galloping Goose Regional Trail. For a short outing consider traveling from Roche Cove to Rocky Point Road, just under five kilometres one way. The Goose is a multi-use trail with a smooth gravel surface with less than 5% gradual slope. It offers ocean and lake views from various locations.

 

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