Sooke, the Tall Tree Capital of Canada

Sooke is a scenic, well-known district municipality and tourist destination on Vancouver Island. It has popular spots that attract both locals and visitors worldwide. Some of the best of them include Whiffin Spit, Sooke Potholes Regional Park, and adjacent Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre is where you can get more information about this region, its attractions, and also the history of Sooke.
The area's popularity is mainly based on tourists visiting the wilderness parks, hiking the West Coast Trail and the extremely popular Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Sooke is also famous for its beaches, including Sandcut Beach, French Beach, Fishboat Bay, China Beach, Mystic Beach and more.
Sooke is establishing itself as a renowned destination for cycling and mountain biking. The Galloping Goose Regional Trail, part of the Trans-Canada Trail, goes through Sooke, a cyclers' favourite.
The arts community of Sooke is vibrant and hosts the annual Sooke Fine Arts Festival. Hundreds of tourists attend this festival each summer. The town features the adjudicated art of local and regional artists.

Average Weather in Sooke

Sooke, with its Mediterranean climate, has warm summers and mild winters. The average min and max temperature of Sooke is 25°C (77°F) to 7°C (44°F).

The Best Time to Visit Sooke

The best time to visit Sooke for warm-weather activities is June to October.

How to Get to Sooke?

Sooke Airport Transfers

Victoria International Airport has a direct flight to Sooke, and Vancouver International Airport also has bus and car rental to Sooke. If you are coming from Vancouver, connect to Vancouver Island via BC Ferries.


Seaplane to Sooke

Harbour Air Seaplanes have flights from Vancouver to Victoria, the closest town to Sooke, and you can take a bus or taxi or drive to Sooke for about 40 minutes.


Ferry to Sooke

You can take a direct ferry from Vancouver to Victoria and from there take a bus or two buses to Sooke.

Top 10 Attractions in Sooke

Visiting Sooke

Discovering Beauty and Entertainment in Sooke

Sooke is also known as the Tall Tree Capital of Canada. It is home to spectacular old-growth forests and untouched nature. The reason that brings people to Sooke is its incredible natural attractions such as waterfalls, hiking trails, and parks like Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. It is an excellent place for swimming, kayaking, and watching whales and other marine creatures.


Gardens, Parks, and Natural Green Attractions in Sooke

  • Pineridge Park
  • John Philips Memorial Park
  • Wadams Way Multi-Use Trail
  • Ella Road Park
  • Winfield Place Park
  • Ed Macgregor Park
  • Sooke Marine Boardwalk
  • Millennium Memorial Park
  • Sooke Bluffs Park
  • Sooke Bike Park
  • The Artisan's Garden Plants, Gift & Treasures
Sooke gardens

Beaches, Lakes, Rivers, and Water-based Activities in Sooke

  • Sooke River
  • Kemp Lake
  • McKenzie Lake
  • Young Lake
  • Poirier Lake.
  • Muir Creek Beach
  • Billings Spit
  • Gordon's Beach
  • Ella Beach
  • Sandcut Beach
  • French Beach
  • Kemp Lake Public Access
  • Fishing
  • Sooke Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Stand-up paddling
  • Sooke Whale Watching
  • Boat tours

Museums and Art Galleries in Sooke

  • HMCS Cowichan
  • Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre
  • GALLERY by Sooke Arts Council
  • Dominguez Art Gallery
  • South Shore Gallery
  • Sooke Fine Arts Society

Entertainment in Sooke

Festivals and Events in Sooke

  • Sooke Fine Arts Show
  • Roses: Varieties, Planting & Care
  • 2021 Chamber Music Workshop
  • Mindfulness in May Youth Art Exhibition
  • Sooke Country Market
  • START Youth Employment Program
  • Community Sailing Days
  • How to Grow Squash & Pumpkins
  • Spring Out Of Hunger Bottle Drive
  • GMOs: Frankenfood or Cornucopia?
  • Rhododendrons

Nightlife and Entertainment in Sooke

  • Sooke Night Market
  • Route 14 Sooke
  • Energetic hangout offering upscale tavern
  • Buffy's Pub

Free Attractions in Sooke

  • Whiffin Spit Park
  • French Beach Provincial Park
  • East Sooke Regional Park
  • Visiting coves
  • Visiting farms
  • Hiking trails
  • Sooke Potholes Provincial Park

Services in Sooke

Public Transportation in Sooke

Public transportation in Sooke includes buses, ferries, and taxis.


Where to Stay in Sooke

Unfortunately, downtown Sooke doesn't give you too many choices regarding accommodation. The lodgings are spread around the district. Here we have a list of hotels and guesthouses near Sooke.

Hotel:
Sooke Harbour House Hotel & Resort
Ty Collwyn Waterfront Retreat
Prestige Oceanfront Resort, BW Premier Collection
Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina - True Key Hotels & Resorts

Guesthouse:
Westcoast Guesthouse
Salty Towers Oceanfront Cottages
Swan Haven
Seascape Island Vacation Homes Ltd


Shopping in Sooke

Great Canadian Dollar Store, SFRS Community Thrift Store, Carolyn's Boutique, B and K Jewelry and Gifts, Evergreen Centre

Food and Beverage Services in Sooke

Restaurant and Café in Sooke

Route 14 Sooke, The Beach Restaurant, Pizzability, Hara Sushi, Restaurants downtown, Maple Ave. Grill, WILD MOUNTAIN Food & Drink

Sooke Restaurants and Cafes

Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Pubs, and Bars in Sooke

Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery is a winery west of the district. Checkerhead Brewing Inc, SOOKE OCEANSIDE BREWERY, Sooke Brewing Company, Bad Dog Brewing Company, and Sheringham Distillery are on the east side of the town. 17 Mile House Pub, Route 14 Sooke, and Vault, Buffy's Pub are pubs in the area.

Health and Wellness in Sooke

Sport and Wellness Centers, Spas, and Recreational Therapy in Sooke

Sooke Turf Field
Sooke Horse Shoe Pitching Club
Sooke Boxing Club
Pure Elements Hair Design & Bodyworks
Le Sooke Spa 
Coastal Roots Health Centre
Diana Buckland Massage Therapy
CloverCare Massage

Sport and Wellness Centers and Spas Sooke

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

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

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