West of Victoria, the Island Highway (Hwy #14), the West Coast Road and the Galloping Goose Trail wind through the West Shore Communities to Sooke. Tracing the coastline, the West Coast Road leads to lush rainforests, rocky cliffs, hiking trails and some of the most scenic beaches on Vancouver Island. En route, stop at East Sooke Regional Park, where trails range from casual strolls to full-day treks. Birdwatchers will enjoy Whiffin Spit, a natural breakwater between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Sooke Harbour. Visit the Sooke Region Museum and be sure to see the natural wonder of the Sooke Potholes. West of Sooke, the highway leads to some of the Island’s most beautiful scenery at French Beach, China Beach, Botanical Beach (famous for its tide pools) and the southern terminal of the West Coast Trail.