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Location DB > Canada > British Columbia > Sooke > Deer Trails
Deer Trails
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created by lopix on 8/6/2005 11:26 PM
last modified by -Rio- on 4/29/2015 8:38 AM
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Large unfinished resort perched high on a cliff overlooking a small river. Contained with the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. Massive timber framing and stonework are all that ever got finished. Basement was full of little rooms, almost like a stable, but seemed very creepy. Lots of stone paths and stairs to take you down to the river and to a small waterfall.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished (idiots!)
Accessibility: Easy - but only the foundations and some stone walls remains
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Sooke river road
Sooke, British Columbia
Owner: The Land Conservancy and Capital Regional District Parks
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • squatters, creepy hippies, cougars/bears
  •  Interesting Features
    massive timbers
    enormous fireplace
    creepy-ass basement catacombs
    nifty stone stairs and paths
    nice river and waterfall
    amazing view

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1985
    Closed: 2005
     Required Equipment
  • water
  •  Recommended Equipment
    When Albert Yuen acquired the property he saw the potential of the spectacular outcropping as the site for a world class resort and conference centre.  It was touted as a $50 million development that would provide employment for 150.

    As time went on and the initial funding assistance from a government program was completed, the resort construction of stone and old growth timber was stalled.  While his plans for the dramatic location drew the interest of architects and investors from around the world, it appeared that a meeting of the minds between Yuen and potential investors did not occur.

    Many visitors were drawn to the DEER TRAIL site to witness the partially-built enterprise which included a stone cavern barbecue large enough to roast an ox.  But in time, deterioration of materials unprotected from the weather led to concerns for safety.

    In 2004, after a series of changes in plans and zoning, and financing issues, the property was acquired by The Land Conservancy and the Capital Regional District as parkland, and the Yuen dream came crashing to an end.  Partial dismantling of the lodge structure followed and today little remains but stonework.

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     Future Plans
    Diddly, bastards already tore it down

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     Photo Galleries
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    Feb 1994 Trip
    Tue, Feb 15th, 1994
    posted by lopix
    13 pictures
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    February 2015
    Wed, Apr 29th, 2015
    posted by -Rio-
    17 pictures
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    August 26th, 2017 - Walkthrough
    Sat, Aug 26th, 2017
    posted by EPOCH6
    20 pictures

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    There is a picture of the developer Albert Yuen in this pdf:


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    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 8/29/2017 9:28 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 29 17 at 21:28, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Aug 29 17 at 19:51, EPOCH6 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Aug 29 17 at 19:50, EPOCH6 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Aug 29 17 at 19:48, EPOCH6 updated gallery August 26th, 2017 - Walkthrough
  • on Aug 29 17 at 19:48, EPOCH6 created a new gallery
  • on May 11 15 at 15:32, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Apr 29 15 at 8:38, -Rio- changed the following: Street Address, Year Closed, Accessibility
  • on Apr 29 15 at 8:29, -Rio- changed the following: Required Equipment, Media Coverage
  • on Apr 29 15 at 8:27, -Rio- changed the following: Owner, History, Year Closed, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Media Coverage
  • on Apr 29 15 at 1:12, -Rio- updated gallery picture
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