Matheson Lake Regional Park

Matheson Lake Regional Park is partly within the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia.  Matheson Lake Regional Park is 1620 square km area that became a Capital Regional District park in 1993 when it was acquired from the province of British Columbia.  The lake is surrounded by trails with some excellent views over the lake and surrounding areas.  The Galloping Goose Trail –Metchosin passes by the lake shore on its north side; there is access to the parking lot and toilet facilities near the eastern end of the lake.

Matheson Lake Park is bordered by Roche Cove Regional Park on the west border and there is a pathway that follows the course of Wildwood Creek to the ocean. Wildwood Creek forms in the wetlands of the surrounding hills and enters Matheson Lake on its eastern end. Wildwood watershed covers about seven hundred and sixty nine hectares. with about three percent of the watershed covered by impervious surfaces.

The parkland is composed of young trees as most harvestable trees were removed in the early nineteen hundreds. That said, there are several large old trees to admire for their tenacity and resilience. Hemlock, cedar, Douglas fir compose more of the main slopes of the lake shore while big leaf maples and cottonwood fill in the new growth. The lake is a pleasant paddling destination for those seeking a serene, cloistered environment. There is a small island in the land to circumnavigate. It’s a short walk from the parking area to the beach, where hand-carried boats may be launched. Launch your canoe, kayak or paddle board to explore the small indentations and island that characterize the lake. The park has wonderful excellent swimming areas and hiking trails.

A trail from the park leads rough southward up to Caines Way. This is a very steep slope route that ascends about one hundred meters along its three kilometer course. This route connects through Roche Cove Regional Park and eventually leads to Mount Matheson. With an elevation of 267 meters, Mount Matheson is located outside the perimeter of Metchosin in the community of East Sooke.

Trails along the north side of the park connect with the Galloping Goose Trail from Metchosin and include La Bonne Trail, La Bonne-Matheson Lake Trail, Wayne’s Rock Trail, Wildwood Creek Trail, Bob Mountain Park.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 37” W123º 35’ 40”

Matheson Lake Regional Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road then right onto Rocky Point Road. Matheson Lake Road will be on the right just past the sign that indicate a parking area for the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin.

Gemini Park

Gemini Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small park provides a connector trail to the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin from the constellation neighborhood streets in Metchosin. The trail follows along a ridge in a dense cedar forest. It descends thought the cedar and Douglas fir forest to connect with the trail from Libra Park. The park is surrounded by homes and owners who value their privacy. Matheson Lake Regional Park, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin, East Sooke Regional Park, Le Bonne Matheson Park and the Liberty-LeBonne trail are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 26” W123º 33’ 36”

Gemini Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue along Rocky Point Road to reach Taurus Drive. Stay left to turn onto Aquarius Road and follow along to Gemini Road. There is a small trail marker between homes 574 and 594.  There is limited parking along the roadside.

Libra Park

Libra Park is in the District of Metchosin, a coastal community in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This small park provides a connector trail to the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin from the constellation neighborhood streets in Metchosin. The trail starts from the end of Libra Place and descends thought the dense cedar and Douglas fir forest. A small stream, ephemeral, flows along a section of the trail. The park is surrounded by homes and owners who value their privacy. Matheson Lake Regional Park, the Galloping Goose Trail – Metchosin, East Sooke Regional Park, Le Bonne Matheson Park and the Liberty-LeBonne trail are nearby.

Geographical location N48º 21’ 34” W123º 33’ 50”

Libra Park can be reached from Highway 1 when you exit at the Millstream /Veteran Memorial Parkway exit. Head south along the Veteran Memorial Parkway to reach Latoria Road. Turn right onto Latoria Road and continue along to reach Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and then right onto Rocky Point Road. Continue along Rocky Point Road to reach Taurus Drive. Stay left to turn onto Aquarius Road and take the next right onto Libra Place. Continue to the end of the road. There is a small trail marker.  There is limited parking along the roadside.