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Sooke Whale Watching

Located in the southern part of Vancouver Island, Sooke is an ideal place for whale watching from May through October. There are few experiences as thrilling as viewing some of the largest Mammals in the world. Sooke whale watching opportunities vary season by season. However, the chance increases during specific months based on the type of whales. For instance, Southern Resident Orcas are much more observable from April through November. Gray Whales are observable only occasionally. The weather condition in Sooke change during different seasons. From November to March, rainy weather is more prevalent. Other months may be milder, with crispy sunny days.
Most Sooke trips are around 3 hours based on weather conditions. Staying in Sooke, which is northwest of Victoria, brings the chance to experience a whale-watching trip to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


Types of Whales in Sooke

Orcas and Humpbacks:
Killer Whales (Orcas) and Humpbacks diving around Sooke give visitors ample opportunity to encounter these marvellous marine animals. Orcas are social animals that travel in groups known as pods. The pods usually are led by females with social hierarchies.

Other types of whales and mammals:
Gray, Fin and Minke Whales may also be visible during excursions. Other creatures include Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals, Dall's Porpoise, Harbour Porpoise, California Sea Lions, and bald eagles. 


Sooke Whale Watching Location

Sooke is located on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island along the scenic West Coast Highway 14. This place is south of Lake Cowichan and in the vicinity of Port Renfrew and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
There are several hot spots you can find around the Sooke area for whale watching. Among them are Creyke Point, Spirit Bay Visitor Centre, Beechey Head, Cabin Point, West Coast Outdoor Adventure, and Otter Point ParkAdventure by HIP is known as one of the Sooke area's whale watching tours and agencies.


How to Get to Sooke by Car

From Nanaimo:
Distance from Nanaimo: 119 km (74 miles) / Takes about an hour and a half.
Getting to Sooke from Nanaimo is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S. Take Wallace St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S for 550 m (1804.4). Turn right onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S and drive 94.1 km (58.4 miles). Follow Westshore Pkwy and Juan De Fuca Hwy/Sooke Rd/BC-14 W to Guardian Rd in Sooke. After 24 km (15 miles), you will reach Sooke.

From Victoria:
Distance from Victoria: 40.1 km (25 miles) / Takes about 40 minutes.
Getting to Sooke from Victoria is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N and Juan De Fuca Hwy/Sooke Rd/BC-14 W. Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N to Westshore Pkwy in Langford for 16.1 km (10 miles). Follow Westshore Pkwy to Juan De Fuca Hwy/Sooke Rd/BC-14 W for 4.2 km (2.6 miles). Follow Juan De Fuca Hwy/Sooke Rd/BC-14 W to Guardian Rd in Sooke and drive 19.5 km (12.1 miles). Turn left onto Guardian Rd and go on 300 m (1082.7 ft) more to reach Sooke.

Whale-Watching Destinations Near Sooke

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

Sooke Whale Watching

Sooke Whale Watching

Victoria Whale Watching

Victoria Whale Watching

Sooke Whale Watching Features

Whale Watching Package Details

What you Can Expect to See Near Sooke

Spiral Beach

Spiral Beach

McNeil Bay

McNeil Bay

Port Renfrew

Port Renfrew

Langford

Langford

Gonzales Bay

Gonzales Bay

Jordan River (Settlement)

Jordan River (Settlement)

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Sooke

Sooke

Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum

Miniature World

Miniature World

Willows Beach

Willows Beach

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Mystic Beach

Mystic Beach

What you Can Expect to Do Near Sooke

Hiking on the Grass Lake Trail

Hiking on the Grass Lake Trail

Hiking on Mount Manuel Quimper

Hiking on Mount Manuel Quimper

Hiking on Mount Empress from Sooke Potholes via Mary Vine and Todd Creek Trails

Hiking on Mount Empress from Sooke Potholes via Mary Vine and Todd Creek Trails

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast Trail

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast Trail

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast and Interior Trail Loop

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast and Interior Trail Loop

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

Cattle Point Storm Watching

Cattle Point Storm Watching

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