Nature walks along the coast are always a brilliant idea. Particularly when you are on Vancouver Island; an area roughly the size of the state of Hawaii, that is barely populated at all. Which means… soo much land to explore! And much like a young Gerald Durrell*, who delighted in exploring Corfu and learning about new animals…. I really enjoyed a recent day trip to East Sooke Park; where I discovered a beautiful species of succulent, the Broadleaf Stonecrop!
The Location – East Sooke Park:
This regional park is located past Metchosin, towards the SW of Victoria, B.C. and is roughly a 45 mins drive from the city.
The Coast Trail hugs the rugged cliffs, and offers beautiful views of the Straight of Juan de Fuca, and the majestic Olympic Peninsula (USA) across the straight. Quite spectacular!
What captivated me most however was this super cute succulent I kept seeing along the way. It was everywhere. Clinging to the coastal rocks and abundant in various cracks and crevices. So I took a sample and carefully gave it a new home in my SW facing, super-sunny corner of my living room.
The succulent is native to western North America (from BC to California) and I am besotted with it!
Honestly – this is probably the first time I have ever really seen and appreciated succulents that are native to British Columbia. I just don’t associate British Columbia with succulents, but rather with huge Douglas Fir, Sitka and Red Cedar trees.
(*) One of my favourite books from High School was ‘My Family & Other Animals’ by Gerald Durrell.