The pleasant harbourside village of Sooke on southern Vancouver Island provides a tranquil refuge from the bustle of city life. Sooke enjoys a relaxed, casual lifestyle in a rural setting that also affords many of the amenities of city life.
Sooke enjoys some of the mildest climates in western Canada, with warm and dry summer months, and wet and mild winter months. Sooke’s unspoiled beaches, meandering rainforest trails and breathtaking vistas of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains attracts visitors from around the world, eager to catch a glimpse of Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast.
What to Love
- Scenic coastline
- Casual lifestyle
- Outdoor activities
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
As Sooke has grown, so has the local business community. You can find a variety of shopping options in Sooke, from useful everyday items to unique gifts.
Visit farm-to-table restaurants such as West Coast Grill for outstanding local cuisine or bring your own catch to be cooked how you like it at Bridgeman’s West Coast Eatery in Port Renfrew.
With a variety of exceptional eco tours, a great selection of parks and trails, world-famous fishing, outstanding spas, and adrenaline rush inducing zipline course, Sooke has all the activities and attractions you could ask for!
Truly a year-round destination, people come from around the world to East Sooke to explore its exposed areas for storm watching. A 10-minute walk through the rainforest on a well-marked trail will get you to Botany Bay where you will be sure to see massive waves and heavy seas. Large pieces of driftwood are tossed around like toothpicks.
Things to Do
Be sure to stop at East Sooke Regional Park, where hiking trails range from casual walks to full-day missions. Birdwatchers will enjoy Whiffin Spit, a natural breakwater between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Sooke Harbour. Inland, the crystal-clear waters of Sooke Potholes Regional Park are perfect for swimming on a hot summer day.
The vibrant arts community of Sooke enjoys the annual Sooke Fine Arts Festival, which brings hundreds of tourists to Sooke each summer by featuring the adjudicated art of local and regional artists. The Sooke Harbour House art gallery is a main display opportunity for many local artisans.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience true serenity on the calm waters and scenic shoreline of the Sooke Basin. Kayaking is one of the best ways to see marine life, eagles, and other various wildlife. With tours and rentals based right out of Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina, there is no reason not to embark on a truly natural experience while spending time in the community.