Sooke

Sooke is the southernmost town on Vancouver Island. Sooke is best done as a day-trip from Victoria but can also be a stopover on the way to Port Renfrew.

Looking South From Whiffen Spit

Get in

It is possible to take a bus to Sooke (Take the #61 bus from downtown Victoria. There are about 20 buses daily. The trip takes roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs $3.00) but you will be restricted to the small residential core of Sooke. It is also possible to bike (or walk!) to Sooke along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which is connected to Victoria and Langford and passes just east of Sooke. The best way to get to Sooke is to drive; take Highway 14 (Sooke Road) SW from Langford.

There is now bus service to East Sooke via both Sooke and the bus stop at the 17 Mile Pub. This allows access by bus to the Anderson Cove entrance to East Sooke Park.

Get around

The best way to explore Sooke is on foot, but once you want to go see some of the sights beyond the four block town centre, you will need a car.

See

The town of Sooke is basically a starting point for trips farther west up the island and is quickly becoming a larger community as the city quickly expands. For things to do in Sooke, visit the Sooke Region Museum , take a trip out Whiffen Spit, especially during a tide shift where you can watch the seals eat salmon and fish as they are washed out of the basin, and hike the trails of East Sooke Park, which is across the Sooke Basin from the town of Sooke.

Do

Lush rainforest in East Sooke Park

Check out a few of the interesting shops in the town's heart. Once you tire of this, jump in your car and head out to see some of the town's more natural sights:

Eat

Sleep

There are numerous B&Bs and campgrounds around Sooke, but here is a selection of some of the pricier and more interesting accomnodations:

Go next

Your only real options are to drive west along Highway 14 to explore the Juan de Fuca beaches and Port Renfrew, or head back to Victoria.

However, the Galloping Goose Trail, a hiking and biking trail between Victoria and Sooke, passes near the town. Two convenient access points are the   Ludlow Rd Parking Lot and the   Sooke River Rd Parking Lot.

If you have a couple of days and want a coastal hike, consider the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail which runs between Port Renfrew and Jordan River. Unlike the longer West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Trail has fewer logistical challenges and has several access trails along the route so it is possible to complete the whole distance or do shorter day trips as time or weather dictates.

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