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Sooke
Travel Guide

Sooke showing a pebble beach and a sunset

Nestled amid pristine beaches and lush forests, this little town has a lot to offer thrill-seekers. Hike, surf and kayak your way around this wildlife hot spot.

Sooke’s greatest charms are all natural. The local network of hiking trails draws outdoor enthusiasts from all over, and the diverse land and water habitats surrounding the town are havens for wildlife. Explore rugged hillsides, rich rainforests and wonderfully peaceful beaches. Come in any season to sample a wide selection of adventure sports in this idyllic setting.

The town’s name comes from the T’Sou-ke First Nation, the indigenous people who were the area’s sole inhabitants before the Spanish arrived in 1790. Learn about Sooke’s past in the fascinating Sooke Region Museum, which showcases the culture and history of both the T’Sou-ke First Nation and the Spanish settlers.

Stay in one of the pretty cottages that give Sooke its character. Rise early and venture out onto a hilltop hiking trail to enjoy a spectacular sunrise. Hikers of all fitness abilities will find a trail to suit them in East Sooke Regional Park. Follow winding oceanfront paths with breathtaking views, then take a break to enjoy a packed lunch in tranquility.

Another place to get away from it all is Sandcut Beach. Come here to marvel at the beauty of the waterfall and the sandstone rock formations. Let the waves lap at your feet as you stroll along this unspoiled stretch of sand.

To get more adventurous, try a dive trip. Sites filled with sea life include the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and the Barnard Castle shipwreck. Or, if you’d rather be on top of the waves, join a whale-watching tour. Look for orcas, humpback whales, gray whales and even elephant seals.

Other ways to make the most of the ocean include windsurfing or a sea kayaking trip. On dry land, try zip lining.

The easiest way to get to Sooke is to first fly into Victoria International Airport. From there, drive to Sooke in about an hour or take a bus. Fitter travelers may even want to cycle; the outstanding scenery along the way will make the extra effort worthwhile.

Prestige Oceanfront Resort, BW Premier Collection
Prestige Oceanfront Resort, BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
6929 West Coast Rd, Sooke, BC
The price is CA $150 per night from May 15 to May 15
Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sooke Harbour, District of Sooke Municipal Hall, and Sooke Region Museum. Saltwest Naturals ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"Love the look and design."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Prestige Oceanfront Resort, BW Premier Collection
Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
3.5 out of 5
6971 West Coast Road, Sooke, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $169 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated on the waterfront, this condo resort is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Sooke Harbour and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Sooke Region Museum. Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (149 reviews)
"The view and close to town"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
4 out of 5
1000 Sooke Point Place, Sooke, BC
The price is CA $329 per night from May 24 to May 24
Situated on the waterfront, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from East Sooke Park.
4.6/5Wonderful! (61 reviews)
"We had a terrible parking spot for a truck. 9A, the car beside us was not properly in his spot and we had to a fence beside us. It was not level either. Also, we were in the only building on the sunset side that does not see the sunset. If there were other available units, I would have much rather ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 29, 2021

SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
True West Coast Experience Custom log Home With Sauna & Outside Cedar Soaker tub
True West Coast Experience Custom log Home With Sauna & Outside Cedar Soaker tub
Sooke, BC
The price is CA $225 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Sooke, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of District of Sooke Municipal Hall and Sooke Harbour. Sooke Region Museum is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.
4.9/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Lovely time at this Sooke Retreat
"We spend three nights at this cabin retreat. It was a great combination of luxury and rustic charm. The bed and house was super comfortable. We enjoyed using the wood hot tub, which fills with fresh water, like a bath. Most important, our dog loved the fenced yard. The property's backyard has a beautiful ..."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

True West Coast Experience Custom log Home With Sauna & Outside Cedar Soaker tub
Dancing Bees Cottage - A "rustic-chic" Lodge Near the Secluded Ella Beach
Dancing Bees Cottage - A "rustic-chic" Lodge Near the Secluded Ella Beach
Sooke, BC
Located in the heart of Sooke, this romantic cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sooke Harbour, District of Sooke Municipal Hall, and Sooke Region Museum. Saltwest ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Welcoming owners
"Welcoming owners. Close to beach. Comfy place. Will definitely go there again."

Reviewed on Apr. 17, 2021

Dancing Bees Cottage - A "rustic-chic" Lodge Near the Secluded Ella Beach
#115 Sooke 1 Bedroom - Brand new House & Suite
#115 Sooke 1 Bedroom - Brand new House & Suite
Sooke, BC
Situated in Sooke, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sooke Harbour, District of Sooke Municipal Hall, and Sooke Region Museum. Saltwest Naturals and ...
#115 Sooke 1 Bedroom - Brand new House & Suite
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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