Share:

Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head

East Sooke Regional Park

Victoria + Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Start Exploring
Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head

Share:

Advertisement
  • Leaving the parking lot.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • A small beach area along the way.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Looking south from Belchar Bay.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • View from the Coast Trail, East Sooke Park.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Watch for sea life camoflouged among the floating kelp.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Underwater kelp forest.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • A sign on the trail will direct hikers down to the rocks where there are ancient petroglyphs.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Petroglyph from the Coast Salish First Nation.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • A large fishing boat in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Rocky coastline of East Sooke Park.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Hikers enjoying the view.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • A seagull takes a rest.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Hikers on the Coast Trail, East Sooke Park.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Beechey Head marker stone.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Fishing boats west of Beechey Head.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Beechey Head.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Looking northwest from Beechey Head.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • Beechey Head.- Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
  • The forested trail connecting Beechey Head to the Aylard Farm Trailhead. - Coast Trail: Aylard Farm to Beechey Head
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great ocean views. Lots of sea life. Dog friendly.
Cons: 
Dogs not allowed on the beaches.
Advertisement
Region:
Victoria + Gulf Islands, BC
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
91.00 m (298.56 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.00 km (3.73 mi)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
24.00 m (78.74 ft)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Contributor

For anyone interested in undertaking either the infamous West Coast Trail or it’s lesser known sibling, the Juan de Fuca Trail, the Coast Trail in East Sooke Park is a great training ground that provides a taste of what the lengthier trails just up the coast are like. The Coast Trail is considered one of Canada’s best day hikes, and it spans the entire length of the park’s shoreline, a 10-kilometer stretch of beautiful rainforest and rugged rocky coast that generally takes around six hours to complete. There are various exit points leading back inland along the way, however, so many visitors choose to hike shorter sections. One of the most appealing shorter options is to set off from Aylard Farm in the northeast corner of the park and follow the coastline south to the point at Beechey Head, which offers a great 270-degree view of the strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State across the other side. Along the way the trail passes by several beautiful beaches, long stretches of rocky shoreline with plentiful tide pools teeming with life, and even some ancient petroglyphs carved into the rock by First Nations people many years ago.

From Beechey Head it’s possible to continue northwest along the Coast Trail or head back to Aylard farm either via the same route or one of several forested inland trails. As with any of the trails on this part of the island, it’s wise to keep a close eye on the water where it’s possible to spot sea lions, seals, river and sea otters, and perhaps even some migrating humpbacks or gray whales or a pod of orcas. For the birders, September and October are the best months to visit, as turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcon, osprey, and bald eagles along with many other species all converge on East Sooke Park, many of which need to rest and recover before crossing the 29-kilometer strait on their annual southern migration.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(18 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(57 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
8 Members
Who's Done It
3 Members
Submission by
Contributor
83 Adventures Explored
83 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info