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Port Renfrew & all points in between along
the south west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Other
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Sooke, BC was a thriving
settlement of the Coast Salish Indians for hundreds of years, who were dependent on plentiful
supplies of berries, birds, clams and fish. In 1849, European settlers
arrived and in 1864 the Leech River gold rush caused a population boom
in Sooke. Today it's a pleasant community with a resident population
of 11,600 which swells by the thousands in the summer months as
vacationers enjoy the cottage-like outdoors focused setting.
Accommodations range from bed and breakfasts of every style, to
campgrounds and RV parks to cottages and vacation rentals to luxury
hotel inns. The local museum depicts pioneer lifestyles of the 19th
century, and some of the best year-round salmon fishing on Vancouver
Island can be found here as well as fishing in the fresh water lakes.
Where the rainforest meets the sea
By Linda Prochilo
On the wind-swept and secluded west coast of Vancouver Island lies
one of the Pacific Northwest's best kept secrets: Sooke, British
Perhaps on first glance it seems like a place one could easily
ignore. But take time for that all-important second look and you
will be struck by the many great opportunities for rest and
recreation, its beauty and vitality ,and the friendly, genuine
people who live here. And you will wonder how you overlooked it
The warm, welcoming community of 11,000 people is situated between a
wild, towering rainforest and the dramatic Pacific Ocean. It's only
a 40-minute drive from downtown Victoria, but Sooke offers visitors
the untamed but comfortable experience that Vancouver Island's far
west coast is famous for - and, thankfully, you can skip the five
hour drive to Tofino.
Here too, the Pacific Ocean swells crash against sandy beaches and
storm-blasted caves, offering up a wealth of marine treasures for
the roving beachcomber. Clean, cold rivers lined with century-old
fir trees run with wild salmon and steelhead. This is beautiful B.C.
in top form.
But a word of warning: coming for a visit can lead to serious life
changes. Many of Sooke's residents came for just a visit, and
couldn't bring themselves to leave.
Mother Nature's Playground
Sooke's coastal surroundings give those with moxie and energy a
challenging backdrop for outdoor activities. For some, hiking is
Sooke's greatest attraction. East Sooke Regional Park is considered
one of the premier day use parks in Canada. Encompassing 1,422
hectares (3,512 acres) of ancient coastal rainforest, the wilderness
reserve offers marine trails suitable for young families and expert
With the Galloping Goose Regional Trail cycling from Victoria is a
reality. The Sooke portion of the 100-kilometre former railway line
features views of Juan de Fuca Straight and the 12,000-foot high
Olympic Mountains. On the "Goose" you can cycle, walk, in-line
skate, wheelchair, push a stroller or ride a horse.
Sooke Harbour contains a wealth of coves and bays that happily lend
themselves to exploration by kayak or sail. But make your way into
open waters, and you can see why for some fishing is a highlight of
any visit here. To date, the largest salmon caught was 67 pounds;
the largest halibut, 206 pounds. And there is far more to experience
than fishing in these waters. A new highlight is Race Rocks, a
recently created ecological reserve, where visitors can climb into
zodiacs for a marine wildlife adventure to view a major population
of killer whales (Orcas), stellar and California sea lions, seals
Heading west toward Port Renfrew, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
skirts the highway and offers 47 kilometres of rainforest coastline
blessed with tide pools, sandstone caves and soft sandy beaches. The
visitor can stop at the many scenic viewpoints and beach access
The quaint town of Port Renfrew itself, noted for its vast sandy
beach, wilderness and proximity to the West Coast Trail, makes for
an interesting overnight destination. The nearby San Juan River,
cutting through some of Canada's most primordial of coastal
temperate rainforests, is well known among the initiated for its
exceptional canoeing and fishing.
The natural surroundings of the Sooke Region provide inspiration to
many artists in the area. The arts are important in this region.
Sooke has a performing arts group, orchestra, many talented
musicians, art galleries and artisan studios. One can take
self-guided tours of unique studios that feature everything from
funky pottery and glasswork to First Nations art and exotic
Calling it a day
Sooke is considered by many the
breakfast capital of British Columbia, with approximately 70 such
establishments in the region. Each B&B is as individual as its
owners, ranging in décor and atmosphere from a simple native feel to
the happy fussiness of a venerable English garden home. Each is
different, but they all reflect the more laid-back west coast
lifestyle. And whether one stays in an elegant country inn or a
romantic waterfront chalet, the gracious hospitality of the people
is apparent the moment one arrives.
It is said that great things come in small packages. That is
especially true of Sooke, an unassuming community with a big heart
and a lot to offer each visitor. Free from the bustle of city life,
one can still find solitude here - yet all the amenities of the big
city are just 40 minutes away.
It has made more than one holiday seeker ask themselves a simple
question: Why go anywhere else?
Coastal Revelations Vancouver Island BC Eco Tours You get customized nature hiking and walking ecotours in the Qualicum Beach area. Discover the story behind the ancient rainforests, mountain meadows, marine life, wildlife and bird watching areas with a biologist trained by Interpretation Canada.
Sooke in the News
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Parks, Trails &
Endless miles of unspoiled beaches and parks.
Sooke is renowned for it's hospitality - B&B style!
Cottages & Cabins
Nestled on beaches or in the Sooke Hills. Privacy and nature.
Larger groups? Staying a little longer? Enjoy all the
conveniences of home.
Hotels, Motels & Resorts
From pampered luxury to affordable accommodations.
Affordable accommodations & plenty of outdoor fun.
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