From our balcony we could see a very narrow strip of peninsula and people walking on it so we set for an evening walk in the direction.
This 1km strip of peninsula divides the Sooke Harbour and the Juan de Fuca Strait, the mirror-like peaceful bay and the rough Pacific Ocean, and protecting the bay from strong waves. The peninsula is so long that it almost touches the other coast. Boats were passing by through the narrow channel and coming back to the harbour, while locals were enjoying leisurely stroll with their friends or dogs. The sky was getting darker and the long evening was about to end.
Whiffen Spit Walk
Deer on the way
Mist coming over
A coast trail in the East Sooke Regional Park. This trail is surprisingly not well-known under the shadow of the famous West Coast Trail, but the rugged trail is beautiful wilderness. Stunning coastal views with Olympic Mountains (USA) on the horizon. Jumping fish and fishermen on boats. On the way back, the dense rainforest with gigantic trees.
Finished with nice lunch at the Becher Bay Marina where hobby fishermen were bringing their catch home with pride.
An afternoon 3 hour hike, starting from Aylard Farm Entrance to Beechey Head (a great viewpoint). Back to Aylard through the forest. The entire Coast Trail is a 10km rough, uneven and winding trail (6-8h).
Sun, sea, boats, what else?
happy at sea
Yasuko with a view
Giant winding branch
Moss on the rock
heading back in forest
Coast Trail trailhead
Late lunch at Smoking Tuna
a great view point, Beechey Head
Philippe enjoying sweeping view
Arbutus, red bark tree
View from Coast Trail