About Us

Imagine finding more of what you are looking for in a vacation here in Sooke -- the "e" is silent, Sooke rhymes with "spook" -- on the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island in Super Natural British Columbia, the most western province of majestic Canada. Come enjoy an authentic West Coast Canadian experience in this special place, where the dramatic elements of nature ebb and flow to the sound of the sea. Thousands of travellers have spoken: B.C.'s cities, tourist attractions and accommodations are among the very best in the world. And our own Vancouver Island is also renowned for its relaxed and welcoming hospitality, beautiful scenery, excellent cuisine, and exceptional outdoor adventure activities. Acclaimed by the readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Vancouver Island has been named Top North American Island Vacation Spot many years in a row by its Annual Readers' Choice Award. And "ta da .. drum roll please" ... the best of what we have to be proud of here in Sooke is FREE!
The Very Best Things in Life are Still Free in Sooke!
The great outdoors, the freshest sea air, the starriest night sky, and the tallest trees in the world ... Imagine emerald green rainforest trails for hiking, seeing deer and bears browsing, the Pacific Ocean's pounding waves, beaches and tidal pools teeming with sealife, Orca whales spyhopping in the strait, eagles soaring, herons hunting or sealions hauling out on a rocky shore, whiskered, wide-eyed seals surfacing in Sooke Harbour, salmon spawning in Sooke's streams and rivers ... all of this and more is here to be seen and experienced without spending a single cent. Sooke's outdoor adventure possibilities are so many, that you are more likely to run out of time than run out of things to do. Feel free to bring your own bike and ride the Goose, or launch your boat into Sooke Harbour and sail away. Or simply grab a sandwich in town and stroll to a sunlit beach to enjoy a lunchtime reverie. Unwind, enjoy some unstructured family time, and show the kids how to skip a stone over the waves. If your ideal holiday calls for doing a lot in a short time, however, it makes good sense to take a guided tour. There's many hiking, cycling and marine tours geared to provide good experiences without breaking the family bank. Sooke Coastal Explorations, Whale Watching and Marine Adventures takes to the water twice a day in the summer season, departing from the dock at Mariner's Village, across from Sooke Elementary School. Priceless is the thrill of seeing a pod of whales suddenly surface and leap and dance not far from your open zodiac. Three pods of resident killer whales -- Orcas -- swim in the waters around Sooke from May until October and ocassionally there's a surprise visit from other whale species. Gray whales have been spotted right in Sooke Harbour in late September -- exciting news as they disappeared from our waters 30 years ago. Huge Humpback whales are often seen near Race Rocks, as they migrate north along the coast of Vancouver Island. California and Stellar sealions arrive in the fall, to spice up the mix, chasing the salmon runs. Sailing or motoring through the offshore waters is great family fun ... Rent a boat at Lucky Rentals on West Coast Road, or launch your craft from the shore at Jock's Dock. Hobie kayaks offer an eco-aware experience on the water, and along with bikes, are for rent at West Coast Outdoor Adventure Rentals at Sooke Harbour Resort and Marina. At Rush Adventures you'll be out on the water in a matter of minutes, right from their dock, with knowledgeable kayak guides who will ensure you have a memorable time exploring the Sooke Basin. Imagine standing beside trees as tall as a skyscraper and as wide as a livingroom ... Rainforest Guided Hiking Tours will take you to see the spectacular beauty of Vancouver Island's temperate rainforests. From lush treetop canopies and hidden waterfalls, to rich tidal pools teeming with diverse sea life, the parks they explore will take your breath away. Don't forget to bring your camera! Experience the rainforest from the treetops on Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours' guided zipline tour. Its fun, educational and 100% exhilarating! Adrena Line is sprawled across 100 lush acres of ecologically-diverse coastal forest in the Sooke Hills. Here, you'll find a 10-minute ATV ride, and two suspension bridges leading to eight zipline cables, up to 150 feet off the ground and 150 to 1,000 feet in length ... in a word, wow! Try something new ... a scuba diving tour will reveal a rich and colourful underwater world like you've never seen anywhere else. There's many other well-priced eco-tourism experiences and tours in and around Sooke which will allow you to get out and enjoy our outdoor adventure wonderland, and even tours for seaweed collecting and mead-making. So go ahead and spend the perfect vacation here in the "Top North American Island Vacation Spot" ... for a short time or a lengthy stay ... where you'll not only have a great time but also get good value for your holiday dollar!
Go Play Outside in Canada’s Mildest Climate
Rising above the sheltered waters of Vancouver Island's most southern harbour, Sooke (population 12,000) showcases the spirit and energy of its people. Look around ... At any given moment Sooke is swarming with people out and about being active. We have the most individual, artistic, talented, full-of-life people. Whatever it is, perhaps the fresh air and clean water, we love it here! With the mildest climate in Canada, and surrounded by such awesome scenery -- primal rainforests, rugged beaches and majestic mountains -- we enjoy year-round activities like walking, wildlife viewing and bird watching, and our region has some of the best hiking and biking trails anywhere! More information coming soon!
History
The Sooke region takes its name from the T'sou-ke (the "e" is silent) native people, the first inhabitants of the area. T'sou-ke was the name given to a species of stickleback fish that was once quite numerous in the Sooke Basin. In 1790, with the arrival of Spanish explorer Manuel Quimper, the area was "discovered." The forest and the ocean provided the resources for the region's development. Events such as the arrival of the first European settler, Walter Colquhoun Grant, in 1849 and the Leechtown gold rush in 1864 provided the colourful milestones in this peaceful progress. The Sooke Region Museum (open year round) houses much of this history (and more) on its two hectare site.