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Sooke

Sooke is the gateway to the scenic West Coast Road, which winds 70 km (44 mi) along the coast to Port Renfrew. Situated on the south-western coast of Vancouver Island, a short drive from Victoria, it is a picturesque community with an abundance of charm and lots of things to do. Beachcombing on the sandy beach, whale watching, fishing and kayaking are just some of the activities you can do on the water. Go zip lining or diving. Sip a glass of wine at the Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery or a craft beer at the Sooke Brewing Company. Enjoy the creativity of the many artists through galleries, arts & craft studios and more. Visit Sooke Potholes Regional Park, located on the spectacular Sooke River. You can swim in the “potholes” – unique geological formations creating deep pools in the river rock – explore the short forest trails and enjoy the stunning vistas. West Coast wilderness awaits you at East Sooke Regional Park. Experience it as you hike along the windswept rocky coast, over dry hilltops, through dark rainforest to sheltered coves and marvel at the spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains.

 

Location

Located 38 km (24 mi) west of Victoria, a 40-minute drive along Highway 14 on Southern Vancouver Island.

A Step Back in Time

Sooke is a village named after the T’Sou-ke Nation, a Coast Salish band that lived off the land and bountiful sea produce of the area. The name T’sou-ke is said to be that of a stickleback fish found at the mouth of the Sooke River.

In the early 1860s, gold-rush fever hit the area when a few precious nuggets were found inland at the confluence of the Sooke, Leech and Wolf rivers. A town of 3,000 sprang up but quickly waned as the gold finds were sparse.

In June 1990, the region celebrated the bi-centennial of the first European contact in these waters made by the Spaniards in 1790. A statue of Spanish commander Manuel Quimper was unveiled on a grassy point at the start of the Whiffin Spit breakwater and is a favorite spot for photographers.

Contact Information

Sooke to Port Renfrew Tourism

Sooke & Nearby Accommodations

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Sunny Shores Resort & Marina

Sunny Shores Resort & Marina

Sooke

Join us at Sunny Shores Resort & Marina, where the climate is ideal, the forests are lush and the ocean is your playground! We offer modern housekeeping units with colour cable TV, tent and trailer sites, suitable for everyone’s needs. We guarantee your family will have a memorable experience and ... More Details
Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

Victoria

A West Coast Wilderness Playground - For those who like to cruise the ocean and the open road. Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, surrounded by forest and ocean. Offering the best of both worlds, the resort is in a beautiful wilderness area and yet i ... More Details
Galaxy RV (Victoria)

Galaxy RV (Victoria)

Victoria

GalaxyRV sells and services new and used RVs. Located on Vancouver Island with three locations in Duncan, Langford and Parksville. GalaxyRV carries brands like Dutchmen, Forest River, Shasta and more! Visit any of our island locations for great deals on new or used RVs and for parts and service acce ... More Details
Fort Victoria RV Park

Fort Victoria RV Park

Victoria

6km (4mi) W. Of city centre, full hookups, cable TV, laundry, sani-station, free hot showers, washrooms, playground, wireless internet, near city bus and stores, maximum of two pets on leash, CP 4 days. ... More Details
Salish Seaside RV Haven

Salish Seaside RV Haven

Victoria

Salish Seaside RV Haven is Western Canada's premier RV park, located on a private peninsula right in the heart of Victoria's waterfront harbour. Proudly owned and operated by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. The Haven is a total redesign and brand new rebuild of the former WestBay Village RV Park ... More Details
Oceanside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Oceanside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Saanichton

Award-winning resort on the ocean, over 69 sites available. Close to Victoria, Sidney, ferries, whale watching, Butchart Gardens and city bus. WiFi, 30/50 amp, laundromat, playground. East off Hwy 17 onto Mt Newton X-road. Follow signs to end of Stautw Road. ... More Details
SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Sidney

SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) Campground is an excellent base of operations for exploring the Gulf Islands and the Greater Victoria area for campers, RVers and cyclists offering both shaded and sunny sites. Reservations are recommended. https://www.reservation.pc.gc.ca. ... More Details
Sidney Spit Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Sidney Spit Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Sidney

This popular family-friendly destination is accessible by boat or kayak. Take the seasonal walk-on ferry to discover beautiful white sand beaches and forested walking trails. Reservations are recommended. https://www.reservation.pc.gc.ca. Visit https://www.sidneyspitferry.com for walk-on ferry servi ... More Details
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