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About a 40-minute drive east of Victoria, you’ll come to this rugged wilderness area that at 1,422 hectares (3,512 acres) is the largest in the Capital Regional District. More than 50km (31 miles) of trails let you explore the rocky coastline, windswept hills, sheltered beaches, and dark, silent rainforest. The 10km (6 miles) East Sooke Coast Trail is considered one of the best day-hikes in Canada. Along the way you’ll spot fascinating marine life in the tidal pools as well as a wide range of plants and wildlife. This is also prime bird-watching territory, home to hawks, eagles, cormorants and other feathered friends who pass by on the Pacific Flyway. The park also has picnic areas and a small heritage farm.