Links to Help You Plan Your Sooke Vacation

Restaurants

There are many great restaurants of all types in the Sooke area. Dining choices range from cafes and coffee houses, bakeries, burgers and pizza, sushi and tapas, pubs, family restaurants, steakhouse and lounge bar, to excellent fine dining – or a picnic on a log by the ocean!
Ask your host for recommendations depending on your taste, location choice and pocket book. Here are just a few who are advertising partners in tourism along with the Sooke B&B Association:

 Markus’ Wharfside Restaurant — (www.markuswharfsiderestaurant.com)
Dinner is served in a simple yet elegant and intimate fine dining atmosphere overlooking the Sooke Harbour and Olympic Mountains. Amazing, creative dishes and exceptional service. Reservations recommended. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Call: 250-642-3596.

Mom’s Cafe —
A hearty menu just like Mom used to make! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, catering or take-out. Family friendly historic diner.  Open 7 days. Call 250-642-3314. Google Mom’s Cafe, Sooke, B.C.

Stone Pipe Grill — (www.stonepipegrill.com)
Great food in a warm bistro setting, varied menu including gluten free and daily fresh sheet. Friendly service, families welcome. Open 7 days. Call: 250-642-0566.

Sooke Harbour House — (www.sookeharbourhouse.com)
Amazing ocean and mountain views with award-winning wine cellar, cuisine and service. Open for dinner and Sunday lunch. Indoor/outdoor wedding venue. Reservations recommended. Call: 250-642-3421.

17 Mile House Pub & Liquor Shoppe — (www.17milehouse.com)
Experience rustic charm while enjoying great pub grub at this historic coaching stop and travellers inn (circa.1894) – also reputed to be Sooke’s most haunted location! Meet friends for nightly specials, patio, live music, beach volleyball in the summer! Call: 250-642-5932.

The Stick In The Mud Coffee House — (www.stickinthemud.com)
All coffee roasted on site by resident barrista. A comfortable, cheerful, typically “West Coast” casual spot for coffee lovers! Baked treats, wraps and sandwiches. Open daily.
Call: 250-642-5635.

Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza — (www.andythepizzaman.ca)
Perfect thin crust, deep dish and all types of pizza, ribs, chicken, slouvakis, gourmet pastas etc. Pick-up or Andy the Pizza Man will deliver. Call: 250-642-5451 or 250-642-3312.

The Mix by Ric’s — (www.ricsgrill.com)
Patio overlooking the Sooke Harbour. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner daily and Sunday Brunch. Tapas, great steaks and cocktail/wine bar. Wedding venue. Call: 778-425-2529.

Outdoor Activities

WHALE WATCHING – Sooke Coastal Explorations
Faithfully 3 pods of resident Orcas frequent the local waters around Sooke and Southern Vancouver Island. Between the months of May to October they feed and interact with each other in this fabulous natural ocean playground. You will usually spot other marine mammals year round. Arrange for a thrilling zodiac whale watching, eco-tour or harbour tour with Sooke Coastal Explorations. Call:250-642-2343 — (www.sookewhalewatching.com)

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Rentals
Hobie Kayak Rentals and Sales. Stand-up paddleboards, bike rentals. Family friendly – no experience required. Find us at scenic Sooke Harbour Marina. Call: 250-664-7794 — (www.WestCoastOutdoor.ca)

Rush Kayaking Adventures
Rentals and sales, half day to multi day tours, guided tours, beginners to advanced lessons and home of the Sooke Adventure Tourism School. Located in the Sooke Basin at Cooper’s Cove. On the water in minutes with easy dock access. Explore the coves and beaches rich in marine life in the sheltered Sooke Basin and Harbour. Call: 250-642-2159

ZIP-LINE – Adrenaline Zipline Adventure Tours
Guided zipline tour sprawled over 100 acres of lush rainforest. A safety focused thrill for all the family – special harness equipment for small children. 2 hour tour, ATV ride to start. 8 ziplines from 150ft to 1000ft zips – 2 suspension bridges. Season starts early March and ends with a super-spookey Haunted Zip at Halloween.

Parks, Hiking and Trails

East Sooke Park — (www.crd.bc.ca/parks/eastsooke)
East Sooke’s Coast Trail is considered on of the premier day hikes in Canada, a west coast wilderness experience within easy reach of the Village of Sooke. The ten km trail is rough and winding, challenging even for experienced hikers. One moment you travel across a bluff of windswept pines, the ocean crashing below. Next you enter a dark rainforest at the end of a ravine. Turn a corner, and you’re back in sunlight, at the edge of the sea. The park features spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains, and rich cultural, natural history and geological features.

Ayum Creek Regional Park Reserve — (www.crd.bc.ca/parks/ayumcreek)
A small park reserve in Saseenos protects the stream-fed estuary of Ayum Creek, which empties into the Sooke Basin. It features a salmon spawning stream through forest and sensitive wetlands. Birdwatchers note: this hidden gem is a haven for swans and purple martins.

Galloping Goose Trail — (www.crd.bc.ca/parks/galloping-goose)
The Goose is your trail. You can cycle, walk, run, jog, in-line skate, wheelchair, push a stroller, walk the dog, ride a horse, commute to work, spend a quiet Sunday afternoon, push yourself through the entire trail, or take a 15 minute break on this multi-use, 100 km former railway line, now a regional trail and part of the Trans Canada Trail. Its a 55-km journey from Victoria to the Sooke Potholes. From Sooke, it’s a pleasant bike ride to Roche Cove or Matheson Lake.

Sooke Potholes Regional Park — (www.crd.bc.ca/parks/sookepotholes)
Accessed from the Galloping Goose Trail or Sooke River Road, this popular park is located on the banks of the unspoiled Sooke River and named for the unique smooth rock formations that make enchanting swimming holes, enjoyed by generations of south-Islanders. The park features a trestle, waterfalls, forest trails, wildlife viewing and a fall salmon run.

Whiffin Spit Beach — (www.sooke.ca)
Natural spit with lighthouse protecting Sooke Harbour, separating Sooke Harbour and Sooke Inlet. A crushed stone path runs it entire length. Car parking, bathroom and garbage facilities provided. It’s a leisurely 30 minute walk to the lighthouse, punctuated with well placed wooden benches which allow you to sit back and soak up the spectacular scenery on each side of the spit. A favourite spot for bird watchers, dog walkers, picnickers and wedding photos!

Ed MacGregor Park — Rotary Pier and Marine Boardwalk
In the heart of our town – tucked away on the edge of Sooke Harbour. The park is a great place to have a picnic and enjoy striking views of the harbour and Olympic Mountains. You may be lucky enough to catch a summer festival such as Art in the Park or musical concert performed in the bandshell. The park slopes steeply towards the harbour – but is accessed by a slightly sloping handicapped accessible ramp – probably the biggest ramp you have ever seen! Down at the water’s edge it continues along the 1000 ft long Marine Boardwalk out to the Rotary Pier and crabbing dock.

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail — (www.crd.bc.ca/parks/jdfmarinetrail)
Created in 1994, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is one of the most spectacular oceanfront wilderness hiking opportunities on Vancouver Island. Rivalled only by the West Coast Trail, the Marine Trail stretches from the western entry point of Botanical Beach, just outside of Port Renfrew, to the eastern most entry point of China Beach, 35 km west of Sooke. Two other access points, Parkinson Creek and Sombrio Beach, also provide midpoint entry for day visitors and those who do not wish to hike the entire trail. The Marine Trail winds along the oceanfront for 47 kilometres; hiking the entire trail takes three to five days, depending on speed and skill level. Starting from either end, the most difficult section of the trail is found at the midpoint, between Chin Beach and Bear Beach. Mystic and Sombrio Beaches have long stretches of sandy foreshore, perfect for beach walking and camping. Sombrio presents opportunities to watch surfers, especially during the shoulder season when ocean swells are higher. Glimpses of seals, sea lions and orcas are common along the oceanfront sections of the trail. Botanical Beach is perhaps the most stunning section of the trail. Arriving here at low tide allows for exploration of hundreds of tide pools, thick with marine life, carved by water into wide sandstone ledges safe from the surf. The last few kilometres of the trail can be walked along these ledges, a natural platform between sea and land. Breathtaking!

West Coast Trail — (www.pc.gc.ca)
The West Coast Trail, a challenging 77 km (47 mile) hiking route between Port Renfrew and Bamfield on Vancouver Island, is proving so popular that a reservation system is now in effect! You can call the Super Natural British Columbia travel information line at 1-800-663-6000 and reserve your hike up to 3 months in advance of your adventure. A discover camping number at 1-800-689-9025 also provides reservation services at B.C. parks.

Theatres and Music

Stage West Players(www.sookenet.com/performingarts/stagewest)
Stage West Players provide quality theatre performances for local and visiting audiences, with two annual productions: one in the spring and one in the fall.
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra(www.sookephil.ca)
Sooke’s very own Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Norman Nelson, Conductor. The Mission Statement says it all … “To promote and enhance the appreciation of music and to support and nurture musical talent in the community.” Presenting various concerts throughout the year, The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra is a local treasure not to be missed.

Local Links

SeaParc(www.crd.bc.ca/seaparc)
While visiting Sooke you may wish to visit our wonderful leisure facility with an ice skating arena, and hot tub, sauna and 25 m pool. Families will love the kiddies play pool with swirl pool. Visit SeaParc’s website for details.

Sooke Region Museum and Info Centre(www.sookeregionmuseum.com)
Visit the Sooke Region Museum and Info Centre for all the information you need about local things to see and do. Knowledgeable hosts can tell you about local events and provide detailed maps and brochures showing you all the regional parks, beaches and hiking trails. Visit the gift shop for local books and souvenirs.

The Arts and Cultural Highway(www.artshighway.com)
Find out about The Arts and Culture of Sooke and Vancouver Island. Do not miss our annual Sooke Fine Arts Show in late July/early August. It’s the largest juried art show in B.C. where artisans of many disciplines express their creativity!

The District of Sooke(www.sooke.ca)
This site offers much information about our community … The District of Sooke.

Sooke Harbour Chamber of Commerce — (www.sookeharbourchamber.com)
Once you have visited Sooke you will want to live here year round. Check out the Chamber of Commerce site for information about local businesses and possible business opportunities.

Local Weather and Tides

Weather: Search for location SOOKE, B.C. — (www.theweathernetwork.com)
Check out our Sunny Warm Weather…. May until October.
Tides: Fisheries & Oceans Canada Find under: Nautical Charts & Services – Tides, Currents & Water Levels. Click on site of interest on map or select SOOKE or PORT RENFREW from list. — (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca)

Nearby Attractions

Royal BC Museum — (www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca)
The Royal British Columbia Museum is a place of discovery. Through three unique galleries, the Museum showcases the human and natural history of British Columbia, and features periodic exhibitions of international renown. Highly realistic and inviting displays, such as the Ice Age and Coastal Forest dioramas, provide visitors with a sense of having truly experienced the authentic settings of many exhibits.
Butchart Gardens — (www.butchartgardens.com)
A National Historic Site of Canada. The Butchart Gardens offers 22ha (55 acres) of unparalleled floral beauty. In the summer be thrilled by one of the most extravagant firework displays in North America. Open year round.

Transportation Businesses of Interest

West Coast Trail Express— (www.trailbus.com)
West Coast Trail Express provides shuttle bus service (May 1 to September 30) from Victoria and Sooke to the trail heads and between the trail heads of the West Coast Trail and the Juan de Fuca Trail. They also provide year round charter bus service, as well as hiking gear and equipment sales and rentals available to those with return reservations on the bus.

Sooke Harbour Taxi— (www.sooketaxi.ca)
— 250-642-7900. Six passenger taxi vans, wheelchair accessible. Trailhead pick up and drop off. Service from East Sooke to Port Renfrew.

Westshore Taxi— (www.westshoretaxi.com)
— 250-478-7888. Airport, ferry terminal and bus depot service to Sooke and East Sooke.

Marine Transportation

Vancouver Island is serviced by BC Ferries routes from mainland British Columbia to Victoria and Nanaimo. From Washington State, the Black Ball Ferry Line’s MV Coho sails from Port Angeles and the passenger-only Victoria Clipper from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria. From there, rental cars, buses or bikes are the way to travel to Sooke. Washington State Ferries offers car ferry service between Sidney, B.C. and Anacortes, Washington in the spring, summer and fall.

BC Ferries — (www.bcferries.com)
BC Ferries provides transportation for passengers and vehicles from Vancouver (Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay) to Vancouver Island (via Swartz Bay near Victoria or Duke Point and Departure Bay near Nanaimo). One of the largest ferry operators in the world, there are frequent scheduled sailings and reservations are available. Vessels can accommodate cars, RVs, trucks, buses and bikes. On-board services include cafeterias and buffet dining, business services and gift shops.

Coho Ferry— (www.cohoferry.com)
The MV Coho provides a classic ship experience and links downtown Victoria with downtown Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. This passenger and vehicle ferry provides year round daily service. Plan to make the scenic 90 minute crossing part of your next vacation.

Victoria Clipper — (www.clippervacations.com)
When you travel from Seattle with Clipper, you’ll enjoy a two to three hour cruise through Puget Sound and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca on your way to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Just sit back, relax and get ready for your arrival in downtown Victoria. Short walk to Express 61 bus to Sooke or car rental.

Anacortes, Washington to Sidney, B.C. — (www.wsdot.wa.gov)
Washington State Ferries provide daily passenger and vehicle service from Anacortes to Sidney from early spring to late fall. It’s a charming voyage through Haro Strait and the San Juan Islands, with snow-capped Mt. Baker dominating the panorama.

B.C. Transit — Bus Service to Sooke

Bus 61 Sooke(www.transitbc.com/regions/vic)
Sooke is serviced by one bus route, Bus 61, that runs from Western Exchange in the Westshore communities. Buses regularly run from downtown Victoria and other southern Vancouver Island communities to Western Exchange. From the BC Ferries at Swartz Bay, take Bus 70 to downtown Victoria, then Bus 51 to Western Exchange, then Bus 61 Sooke. There is also an Express 61 Sooke bus departing from downtown Victoria.
Victoria International Airport is served by BC Transit Bus 83 with 20 departures to and from YYJ and the McTavish Transit Exchange with several connections to downtown Victoria. On the 83 bus, bike rack use is limited to daylight hours only. On regular buses, bike rack use is available anytime.
Always ask for a transfer slip. The fare for all of Greater Victoria is $2.50 from Sidney to Sooke.

Note: Timetable information is available by phoning Busline, 250-382-6161, press 0 to speak with an agent or press 61 (for the route number 61 Sooke/Downtown).

Motorcoach to Vancouver Island

Pacific Coach Lines(www.pacificcoach.com)
Highway Motorcoaches carry passengers smoothly and comfortably from downtown Vancouver to Victoria via BC Ferries. Scheduled daily service. Transfer to city bus service to Sooke.

Car Rentals

Victoria International Airport is served by four on-airport rental car companies, which also have outlets downtown.

Budget Car Rental — (www.airportrentalcars.com/Budget)
(www.budgetvictoria.com)

National Car Rental(www.airportrentalcars.com/National)

Avis(www.avis.com)

Hertz(www.hertz.com)

Airlines

Major airlines utilize Victoria International Airport (YYJ). Enjoy the famously scenic meshing of mountains and sea when you arrive on the Island by commercial airliner, or soar low across the sparkling waters of the Salish Sea and Puget Sound aboard a floatplane or a helicopter.

Air Canada(www.aircanada.com)

Alaska/Horizon Air(www.alaskaair.com)

Westjet(www.westjet.com)

Harbour Air(www.harbour-air.com)
The largest all-seaplane airline in the world offering scheduled service flights from Vancouver Harbour and the Lower Mainland to Victoria Harbour, Nanaimo, and the Gulf Islands, as well as scenic tours. Land in stunning Victoria harbour and it’s just a short walk to the Sooke bus or car rental.

Kenmore Air(www.kenmoreair.com)
Harbour to harbour, scheduled and charter seaplane and land plane service to destinations throughout western Washington and southwestern B.C., as well as seaplane “flightseeing” flights around Seattle and southwestern B.C. Taxiing into Victoria’s Inner Harbour, busy with pleasure boats, kayaks, whale watching zodiacs and ferries, is an unforgettable thrill!

Helijet(www.helijet.com)
Daily scheduled flights operate between terminals located at the downtown Vancouver Harbour Heliport, Vancouver International Airport and Victoria Harbour Heliport. Make the puddle jump in memorable style aboard one of Helijet’s comfortable Sikorsky S76 helicopters.



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