Difficulty: Easy, with a few hills.
A bridge crossing the hiking trail in Devonian Regional Park, Metchosin, BC.
The trail quickly disappears into the thick coastal rainforest.
Taylor Beach along the southern shores of Vancouver Island.
Devonian Park is located in the neighbouring rural community of Metchosin, BC on southern Vancouver Island. This small but beautiful park offers a secluded forest walk that leads to a cobble beach. The path follows the Sherwood Creek ravine and is lushly forested in Douglas firs, maples, ferns and mosses. On rainy days the trees act as a natural barrier from the wind and the rain, and the hiking trail seems cozy and private.
The park is only 28 acres wide but visitors can spend hours beachcombing and enjoying the seaside views. Along the shores of the Juan de Fuca Strait you may see river otter, seal and even a local orca pod. On a clear day, you can see the city of Victoria with the Mount Baker volcano rising behind it. To the south is Port Angeles, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula.
The hiking trail starts in an open field that was once a farmer's field, then quickly disappears into the thick forest. The path winds its way through towering trees and crosses the creek near the middle of the park. Near the beach, a barrier spit formed naturally to create Sherwood Pond, an excellent place to birdwatch. A land-locked cutthroat trout species has adapted to this freshwater creek and is one of the rare former, ocean-going fish on Vancouver Island to adapt to fresh water.
From Taylor Beach, a path meanders along the western edge of the park to return to the parking lot. This trail borders a farmer field where you can sometimes see grazing sheep.
The park is about 25 minutes away from Madrona Cottage. Drive along a scenic, winding road with coastal view points that look toward the Olympic Mountains of Washington State and the Juan de Fuca Strait.
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