Sooke: A Tourist Destination

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The harbour side village of Sooke on southern Vancouver Island gives respite from the busy city life of neighbouring Victoria. Sooke’s casual lifestyle and rural setting affords many of comforts of city life without the traffic. For centuries, this area was a thriving Coast Salish settlement. The T’sou-ke peoples lived alongside a salmon river and within a sheltered harbor, an area where seafood was in abundance along the seashore, and game, roots and berries were harvested in the forests.
Fast Facts
• Population: 10 436
• Location: Sooke is located 45 km (28 miles) west of Victoria on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, a 40-minute drive along the scenic West Coast Highway 14.
• Scenic Coastline: Sooke is the gateway to the scenic West
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Moss Cottage, built in the 1860s, sits alongside the museum building. Take a nostalgic stroll around the grounds and discover Sooke’s logging and fishing history and First Nations culture.

Local Attractions & Tourism
• Sooke's popularity as a scenic tourist destination has existed for generations. Well-known destinations such as Whiffin Spit Park, the Sooke Potholes Regional Park, and adjacent Sooke Potholes Provincial Park attract visitors from around the world. It is also home to the Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre; where visitors and locals are able to get information on regional attractions and history.
• The area's popularity has increased as a base for visiting the wilderness parks of Vancouver Island's southwest coast, the West Coast Trail and the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park , which includes the now highly popular Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.
• Backcountry recreation brings a constant stream of 4X4s, quads, ATVs, dirt bikes, and home built off-highway vehicles as people search out back country
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Access to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is by boat only, with marine eco tours provided out of Sooke and Victoria. Fishing and collecting of all marine life is prohibited within the protected area.

• For those who have only paddled in sheltered passages, sea kayaking along the outside waters of Vancouver Island is another world, one where you go big or you go home. However, if you pick your time carefully, particularly in summer months, you’ll find that the Pacific Ocean can be as well behaved as a sleeping giant. The 60-km ocean route between Sooke and Port Renfrew, with its string of beaches to touch on, can be paddled in a lengthy summer day. Of course, you don’t have to do the entire length of this coast to enjoy a kayak outing.

• A contingent of surf riders congregate at the mouth of the Jordan River that live for the great surfing in winter. Storms originating in the Gulf of Alaska generate most of the tastier surf that lashes BC’s coast from late September through March. Other swells come from Japan and more localized weather systems. This is in marked contrast to the summer, when distant Southern Hemisphere swells have a minimal effect, blocked entirely from the southern most areas of Vancouver Island by Washington’s Olympic

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