Metchosin is situated in the Capital Regional District (CRD) 22
km (14 miles) west of downtown Victoria.
Metchosin is situated in the Western Communities or West Shore,
a commercial, business and recreation association that besides Metchosin
includes the Highlands, Langford,
Colwood and View
Royal. These five communities share various services, facilities
and organizations including the RCMP, Chamber of Commerce and the
Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre.
Metchosin is a rural community, still very proud of its agriculture
and farming presence within the CRD. Metchosin is mostly made up
of small hobby farms, some featuring equestrian rings or private
residential houses with large lots or small acreages. There is very
little commercial development in Metchosin except for the main centre
found at the intersection of Happy Valley, William Head and Metchosin
Centre of Metchosin
Here you can find the Metchosin Country Store, Bickerdike Auto Repairs,
Metchosin Community Hall, Metchosin Elementary School, a small strip
mall that contains a great little espresso bar called The Broken
Paddle Coffee House, Candlelight and Wine, a U-brew style wine store
and Pets Plus, a tack and pet store all situated next door to the
The main centre also contains the district office, volunteer fire
department, museum, provincial Stop of Interest sign, Metchosin
Museum, and the nearby cemetery.
There are some beautiful beach areas along the ocean in Metchosin
to visit including three CRD Parks situated at Witty's Lagoon, Devonian
Beach and near Albert Head. Witty's Lagoon is the largest and has
a number of access points and features a number of wildlife viewing
areas, plus a small waterfall and estuary where Bilston Creek empties
into the ocean.
Besides the CRD parks Metchosin has a number of small private beaches
that offer access to long stretches of beautiful scenery along Parry
Bay, such as the one at the end of Taylor Road, Most beaches commonly
consist or either gravel or pebbles but there is some couple of
really nice sandy ones such as the one found off William Head Road
near William Head Penitentiary at the end of Sandgate Road called
Other trails in Metchosin include the Galloping Goose Regional Trail
which takes you either east through Colwood, View Royal through
Saanich to downtown Victoria or west through
Matheson Lake and Roche Cove Regional Parks eventually to the Sooke
Potholes. If you had to choose one section of the Galloping Goose
Regional Trail, the 30-40 km stretch starting near Pedder Bay at
Rocky Point and Matheson Lake Park Roads is probably the most scenic.
Lake Regional Park
Another beautiful place to go walking area and swimming is found
at Matheson Lake Regional Park. Located along the Galloping Goose
Trail corridor at the end of Matheson Lake Park Road, it features
a small kid-friendly beach at one end and a trail that leads you
to small private swimming areas along boulders situated along the
waters' edge. The water is very clean and warms up nicely during
the hot summer months. This is definitely a treat if you're cycling
or walking along the Galloping Goose Trail.
Sooke Regional Park
There are other beach areas and parks nearby to Metchosin including
East Sooke Regional Park just west of Metchosin on East Sooke Road.
East Sooke Regional Park has a number of access points with the
Aylard Farm trailhead at the end of Becher Bay Road being the closest
On the way to East Sooke Regional Park at the end of Rocky Point
Road is where you'll find the Pedder Bay Marina. Here you can find
close access to some excellent fishing holes in the nearby waters.
Pedder Bay Marina offers sheltered moorage, fishing guides, fuel
dock and moorage. Just beyond the turnoff for Pedder Bay Marina
on East Sooke Road is Cheanuh Marina, telephone:250-478-4880.
If you happen to be to be in Metchosin and are hungry, make sure
that you visit the My-Chosen Cafe This family restaurant is very
popular with the locals, serves up large portions, is of excellent
quality and you will be very pleased with the home-style cooking
and the prices for items found on the menu.
For golfers Metchosin has a couple of options for you to play the
sport. One is at the Metchosin Golf Course, a very pretty 9-hole
course located across from Witty's Lagoon Regional Park at Pears
and Metchosin Roads. There is also Green Acres Golf & Driving
Range, another public 9-hole facility on Metchosin Road. If you
are looking for an 18-hole, Metchosin along with Colwood and Langford
share the prestigious Olympic View Golf Course which is found off
Other outdoor recreational activities found in Metchosin include
horseback riding, mountain bike riding and ocean kayaking. Metchosin
is also home to some property owned by one of British Columbia's
oldest motorcycle club the Victoria Motorcycle Club which is found
off Happy Valley Road along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail.
For RV camping in Metchosin there is a small RV Resort found at
Weir's Beach or in nearby East Sooke
at Becher Bay called Becher Bay Marina & Campground which does
feature the Smokin Tuna Café but is only open seasonally.
The only other accommodations are at nearby Bed and Breakfasts found