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Matheson Lake

Island in Matheson Lake in Metchosin near Sooke BC.

Swimmers on a hot summer day at Matheson Lake in Metchosin near Sooke BC.

Matheson Lake is a wonderful place with a sand beach, surrounding mid-growth forest, and plenty of trails to explore nearby. It will take several visits to truly know the nature of this magical place.

On the trail at Matheson Lake in Metchosin near Sooke, BC

On the trail at Matheson Lake.

If you prefer being in the water rather than on the trails, swim from the main beach out to Ian Gillespie Island. This small island offers plenty of space to lie down and soak up the sun after a good swim.

Leading through Douglas fir, arbutus, and western red cedar woods, the full lakeside trail takes about 2-3 hours to complete. It connects with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and crosses Wildwood Creek before taking an incline up Mount Matheson on the south side.


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Watch the forest glide by as you swim through clean, warm waters on a hot summer’s day. Admire the wildflowers as you hike to a secluded lake, or spend a sunny afternoon with the whole family on the beach.

From fishing for trout with eagles overhead to enjoying a peaceful morning at the lake shore, the lakes of southern Vancouver Island are a fantastic way to get outside.

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