April 18, 2018 info@discoversooke.com The small seaside town on the southwest shores of Vancouver Island

Sooke Mountain Provincial Park

Located in the Sooke Mountains, Sooke Mountain Provincial Park is a rugged, undeveloped natural area with no facilities or maintained trails. For the experienced mountain biker and backwoods hiker, this park is an unspoiled wilderness playground.

A short 8 kilometer drive northeast of Sooke, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, the access point to the park is found at the top of Harbourview Road, off Sooke Road (Highway 14). There is a new, large parking lot with plenty of space to leave your vehicle while you are shredding the trails on your mountain bike.

Several remote freshwater lakes, connected by a network of old skid trails, are accessible through Sooke Mountain Park and are popular, but lesser-know fly-fishing spots:
Shelids Lake

  • The largest of the Sooke Mountain Provincial Park lakes
  • Hike-in access only from the Harbourview Road gate

Crabapple Lake

  • Crabapple Lake is difficult to find, so good directions and/or an accurate map are essential
  • This small, shallow lake boasts excellent fly-fishing for both rainbow and cutthroat trout
  • Hike-in access only from the Harbourview Road gate
  • Features rustic campsites

Grassie Lake (or Grassy Lake)

  • Official park name is Grass Lake
  • Hike-in access only from the Harbourview Road gate
  • The lake is located 2 km past Crabapple Lake
  • Features rustic campsites

Peden Lake

  • Named for Victorian Olympian Torchy Peden
  • Occasionally considered a part of Sooke Mountain Park because there is no vehicle access from Sooke Potholes Regional Park, though the lake is much closer to the potholes

At various times, several of the lakes have been stocked and yield excellent rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. A fishing license is required to fish at these lakes.

Photo by: Jason van der Valk
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