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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Sooke

Sooke
Sooke is located 39 km (24 miles) north of Victoria on Sooke Road and 71 km (44 miles) south of Port Renfrew by the West Coast Highway-Hwy 14.

Logging and Fishing
Sooke is a small community that historically relied on forestry and fishing for their economic livelihood. Driving through the town of Sooke Road there is a large woodcarving of a woodsman that celebrates this past.

Sooke Region Museum
The Sooke Region Museum highlights this history and is situated on the west side of the Sooke River Bridge on Sooke Road at Phillips Roads. You won't miss it; just look for the reconstructed lighthouse at the Phillips Road-Sooke Road intersection and traffic light. The Sooke Region Museum is situated right next door on Phillips Road.

New Subdivisions
Sooke today has a lot of young families moving in with new subdivisions and housing projects being built throughout. The town is young and is reflected with newer schools, larger grocery stores, and more conveniences with a fairly new recreation centre that features a 25-metre pool called the SEAPARC Leisure Complex.

Sooke Basin
Sooke is situated on a slight hill next to a large sheltered harbour called the Sooke Basin. The Sooke view is towards an area called East Sooke - a large mass that wraps around the Sooke Basin. To enter Sooke Basin by water, you'll have to pass through a narrow passage called Sooke Inlet.

Whiffin Spit Beach
To really understand how narrow Sooke Inlet is and the closeness Sooke is to East Sooke, try and make a trip to Whiffin Spit. Here you can find a thin sand isthmus that stretches out, narrowing the entrance to Sooke Basin. There is a real nice flat walking trail that goes along the side of the beach out to the end of Whiffin Spit.

Sooke Harbour House
You can find Whiffin Spit Road on the west side of Sooke off West Coast Road. When you arrive at Whiffin Spit you'll see the world-class restaurant called the Sooke Harbour House. Always a crowd favourite for the fine food and wines served, the Sooke Harbour House is sure to please.

Ed Macgregor Park
The Ed Macgregor Park is another good area to visit that can offer you panoramic views of the ocean waterfront inside the Sooke Harbour. The large parking lot is located on the west side of Sooke just past Otter Point Road on West Coast Road before Whiffin Spit Road. Ed Macgregor Park also features a beautiful surrounding garden, flower arrangements and a number of beautifully crafted stone benches.

Excellent Ocean Fishing
Sooke is home to some excellent ocean fishing especially for salmon during most of the year. You can find a number of marinas located along the waterfront with fishing guides readily available, if required. If you have your own boat and RV, Sunny Shores Resort & Marina have available sites.

Sooke Potholes Regional Park
One other park that is a must to see if you happen to visit Sooke is the Sooke Potholes Regional Park. Operated by the TLC (The Land Conservatory) Sooke Potholes Regional Park is located at the end of Sooke River Road and features a campground, access to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and the Sooke Potholes swimming holes.

T'Sou'ke First Nation
This part of the Sooke River is considered very sacred by the T'Sou'ke First Nation - the area's native community.

Galloping Goose Regional Trail
Access to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail can also be found just east of Sooke at Cooper's Cove where you can find a small parking lot. From here you can either cycle or walk along the Sooke Basin to Roche Cove and Matheson Lake Regional Park to the south-east or to the Sooke Potholes and farther west to Leechtown.

Rush Adventures
Also situated at Cooper's Cove is an area to find some great kayaking into the Sooke Basin where you can gain easy access into Anderson Cove. There is a business available at Cooper's Cove that has guiding services and lessons available plus rentals called Rush Adventures. The Fuse Waterfront Grill is located next door if you're hungry.

Sooke River Bluegrass Festival
A good time for you to visit Sooke is in mid-June not only for the fishing but also for the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival as well. Situated right next to the Sooke River the festival features excellent local bluegrass performers from Sooke and other parts of British Columbia.

Restaurants and Cafés
There are also a large number of eating and places to find refreshments in Sooke. In town, near the corner of Otter Point and Sooke Road, you can discover a Sooke icon - Mom's Café, a Serious Coffee, A&W Hamburgers, Stone Pipe Grill and a McDonalds.

Beverages
Then, for beverages, there are Buffy's Pub at 6858 West Coast Road and the Sooke River Hotel featuring the Castle Pub and Chinese Food situated back at the Sooke River Bridge and a favourite coffee shop called The Stick in the Mud Coffee House.

East Sooke Regional Park
There are some interesting and beautiful places nearby to Sooke including East Sooke. To get here you have to travel south-east past Cooper's Cove towards Metchosin to Gillespie Road. Take Gillespie Road to East Sooke Road and a little farther away at the west end of East Sooke, you can find East Sooke Regional Park. Along the way you'll pass Roche Cove Regional Park with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail access.

Jordan River and Port Renfrew
If you have the time, take the trip from Sooke to Port Renfrew along the West Coast Highway-Hwy 14. The ocean scenery is beautiful and, located near the halfway point, is Jordan River home to some great surfing if you enjoy the sport. French Beach Provincial Park and Point-No-Point-Resort are located along the way.

Information on Sooke

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Map of Sooke, British Columbia
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Sooke River Potholes
Sooke River Potholes

 

Sooke Basin
Sooke Basin

 

Sooke River Potholes
Sooke River Potholes

 

Ed Macgregor Park
Ed Macgregor Park

 

Sunny Shores Resort & Marina
Sunny Shores Resort & Marina

 

Sooke River Potholes
Sooke River Potholes

 

Trestle on Galloping Goose near Sooke River
Trestle on Galloping Goose Trail

 

Restaraunt at Cooper's Cove
Restaraunt at Cooper's Cove

 

Entrance to Roche Cove
Entrance to Roche Cove

 

Mom's Cafe
Mom's Cafe

 

Whiffin Spit
Whiffin Spit

 
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