Situated in East Sooke Regional Park is a system of trails that offer spectacular wild west coast vistas as well as deep forest trails that will make you feel like you're far away from civilization. There are old logging and mining roads that are part of the trail system as well. The Coppermine trail is the first of two hikes that we do the most. I'll post and write about the coast trails very soon. Coppermine trail leads you along an abandoned mining road, past two old mine shafts and then down to the coast of the Juan de Fuca Strait. Allow an hour and a half each way so that you can explore the old copper mine and then make your way down to the coast for a snack or lunch on a beautiful point that's meant for just that. This is a long, but easy hike. A great day out for the kids. The last half of the trail is gentle downhill until you reach the ocean so remember, it's a gentle 'uphill' on the way back.

To get to East Sooke Regional Park take Hwy 14, Sooke Rd, west. Turn left onto Gillespie Rd and continue until you get to East Sooke Rd. Turn right onto East Sooke Rd and follow it for another five minutes or so. Turn left onto Coppermine Rd. Continue driving up Coppermine Road, along the bumpy dirt road and park at the top of the hill. The trail head starts on the right-hand side – not the left-hand side on Gordon Road.