Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society JdF Trails

Sooke Urban Trails

The Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society has been working with the District of Sooke to develop and sign an Urban Trail System. These trails make use of existing Sooke parks, trails and sidewalks as much as possible. The main elements consisting of way finding posts, map tables and a central Kiosk are designed by Terry Cristall. Murray Tomkins has provided his expertise and equipment in the construction of these. Gus Vanarendonk has been his able assistant with Terry and Sid helping. There are three trails proposed as follows:
  • The Stickle Back Trail
    The Stickle Back Trail connects the Galloping Goose trail at Kirby Rd, winds through the Sooke core along the park system and ends at Clarkson Park where it connects with other trails on Broom Hill. The marking of this trail is nearing completion. To-date despite maneuvering around Christmas, bad weather and now COVID-19, the way finding posts and map tables have been installed. The main kiosk has been built and is waiting installation. The minor way finding elements such as painted road symbols, colour coded tapes and arrows are prepared and awaiting an appropriate time and weather for installation.
The route finding team Sid Jorna, Terry Cristall and Jim Bouthlier working with Jess Boquist, lead hand for Sooke Parks, have identified 2 other trails, yet to be posted:
  • The Sun Run Trail
    The Sun Run Trail will connect central Sooke at John Phillips Park to Poirier School. It will connect to Sun River when the walking bridge over the DeMamiel Creek is completed by the District of Sooke.

  • The Sea Walk Trail
    The Sea Walk Trail will connect central Sooke at John Phillips Park with the harbour front at the Rotary Pier.
Here is a map of the proposed trails:

The District of Sooke has funded the materials for The Stickle Back Trail and provided the iconography, map graphics and materials. The distinctive icons for each of the trails were determined by competition among Sooke area artists. Noella Ledrew won this completion and provided the icon design for the trails. Sandra Morlacci of Migration Design provided the map graphic design as well as providing the JdF Community Trails Society with a new LOGO which will appear on each of the trail elements along with the District of Sooke LOGO.

Manufacturing of the elements and installation has progressed. There is a large shout-out to Murray Tomkins for his workshop and expertise also for Jessica Boquist of Sooke Parks for excellent support.

Here are some photos of the trail work in progress:

Checking out the Stickleback trail route (March 2019)

Sid, Jessica & Murray accepting the way posts for the Stickleback trail (June 2019)

Murray setting the base for the map tables (Feb 2020)

Installing a map table (Feb 2020)

The Information Kiosk for Sooke's Urban Trail System ready for delivery and assembly. Inclement weather and COVID-19 have delayed the on site assembly of the kiosk and the placement of the final markings for the Stickleback Trail (March 2020)