Explore the most popular walking trails near Capital with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

15 days ago

Read the reviews! I did this hike back in 2016 with my husband and my brother. It is one of the best day hikes I’ve done in Canada but it wasn’t easy as many of these reviews have also stated. I’d say moderate to difficult. It is also a 10 hike along the coast. We had a gorgeous spring day for this and I have terrific memories of blue skies, sea life and the sound of crashing waves. A very memorable hike! Shout out to the blog ‘HikeBikeTravel’ for this most excellent suggestion.

easy, pretty, nice little informational placards, nice beaches. good for families with small kids

1 month ago

nice walk, but what's with the barbed wire along the trail?

1 month ago

amazing day hike. I like to do side trips up to the old iron mines. lots of sea life to sea and historical petroglyphs. a must do

I really enjoyed the loop around Matheson Lake and the walk along Matheson Creek to the lake, however Roche Cove itself was nice but not amazing.

4 months ago

Short hike but gains elevation quickly. Great views at the top on a sunny day.

5 months ago

Very beautiful and moderate trail!

10 months ago

Easy 13km, one way from becher bay to iron mine bay. 6 hours including about 1 hour worth of stops. Beautiful with the fog rolling in and out.

11 months ago

11 months ago

We took beechy head trail and then connected back via this trail. It was awesome but not easy. Kids 10 and 4 loved it because of all the rocks to climb and the variety of view and trees and beaches, and it was a bit dangerous in spots:)

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Went up for landscape photography and was not disappointed by the views. The hike was steep in a few areas. It was probably easier because I stopped to set up my gear at every viewpoint I could find. I continued past the trail to reach the peak. The trail I took was clearly labelled, warning that it was not maintained, and to proceed with caution. It was no worse off than the rest of the trail when I went, so that is a bonus. Will definitely be going back.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nice views at the top. Elevation is quick but not too tough. Once you get up and down the Lower Trail loop is a nice cool down before heading back to the parking lot.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Great hike. Good with kids. A few steep sections where you need to watch your step. Natural trail with roots and sections of loose gravel. Lowland start of hike has a boardwalk over the muddy areas. Beautiful views from the top of the ridge of other islands and ocean to he south of the island.

Monday, July 24, 2017

One of my favourite trails

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great trail, lots of great lookouts and beaches.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trail is amazing and beautiful but definetly should not be rated as easy . The reviews we read led us to believe this was an easy hike along the coast when in fact it is very difficult . Narrow ledges at times with a great distance to fall , and a lot of ups and downs over difficult terrain . The trail took us 7.5 hours to complete and we hike all the time . I was concerned at comments stating this trail would be safe for young children and as a mother I greatly disagree with this . A loss of footing in many places could cause severe injury . The hike was one of the most beautiful I have ever done but the rating definetly should be changed from easy to at least moderate if not difficult . I don't know if you rated the trail based on the inner trails through the forest but we took the actual Coast Trail along the rock bluffs and it is not easy

Some challenging spots on the coast trail

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Awesome! Although I'd rate it medium for the loop around Matheson Lake, lots of rocky terrain with tree roots.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Fantastic hike! Coastal and forest!

Beautiful views, wear good boots, there are some muddy sections.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great hike, beautiful ocean, lots of cormorants fishing. A few hills to go up so be ready to work your legs!

Monday, January 30, 2017

The best trail for day hikes. It's fairly easy to Beechers point and then you start hiking up and down the headlands. Absolutely not easy. Can be quite the climb. We have done the entire coastal hike in 4.5 hours at a hard pace. Absolutely love this hike .

Friday, December 23, 2016

This is one of my favourite trails and has been called one of Canada's best day hikes. I have never seen the Coast Trail called a loop nor has it ever been called easy for all skill levels. As an experienced hiker, I don't think that this description is accurate and quite frankly, dangerous.
The Coast trail is actually a 10k day hike. Most people choose to leave a car at one of the trail heads (Aylard Farm or Pike Road) and then use a second car to drive to the second trailhead for departure.
It is normally called a challenging or difficult hike; lots of ups and downs, some scrambling, trail is not always clearly marked, roots/rocks and steep sections.
Allow anywhere between 5-8 hours to complete. The Iron Mine Bay side is considered more challenging and less used. Aylard Park area is well used.
Even though the Coast Trail itself is not a loop, in East Sooke Park there are numerous transverse trails as well two longitudinal trails; the Coast and Interior Trail. Combining portions of these trails makes it easy to create some really great loops.
The trail is beautiful, gorgeous scenery and highly recommend

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It was a great day
Just me and my daughter

rock climbing
Sunday, October 09, 2016


Sunday, October 09, 2016

Definitely my favorite for views & a workout.

Great hike that goes down to the ocean and tidal pools when the tide is low. Interesting tree formations.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The trailhead was impossible to find. It appears all access has been sold for private property? We would have loved to explore the trail, but couldn't find any access :( we gave up.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Good anytime of year.

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