Imagine it’s 1894, and you are nearing the end of a long days journey on the road to Leech Town to check your gold claim. As you round the bend, dusk is settling in. Tired and dusty, your horse the same, the lanterns of the 17 Mile House welcomes you.
Fast forward over 100 years
and a traveller on the same road, now Sooke Road, can also look forward to the hospitality around the bend. Changes have been made, but The 17 Mile House, seventeen miles from Victoria City Hall, has retained its yesteryear charm. There is even a hitching post a visitor arriving by horseback.
Creative Westcoast fare, local seafood and our weekly fresh sheet specials are served for lunch and dinner, and can be enjoyed in the bay window overlooking the pub garden, or in front of a crackling fire. Our soups and famous seafood chowder, are made daily and all entrees are made to order.
Guests can enjoy a game of chess, crib or darts !
Even if the road to Sooke no longer leads to a wealth of gold, it still takes you to the 17 Mile House a cozy, olde English pub,where old friends have gathered and new friends have met for over 100 years.
Built by Edward Cutler in 1894, this hotel was also called the British Ensign or Royal Ensign. It was an important stage stop and inn for travellers. Popular with sportsmen, it was often filled to capacity during hunting season. School classes and religious services were held for a brief period. In recent years it has operated as a Pub. – Sooke Regional Historical Society
RUSTIC CHARM ABOUNDS AT THE 17 MILE PUB IN SOOKE
January 3, 2008 | Pam Grant – Times Colonist
Rustic charm abounds at this landmark on Sooke Road, which has served as an inn, a school and a venue for religious services before its present incarnation as a pub and restaurant.
A distinctive tiled floor in the front half of the building leads to the various rooms on the main floor. Whether you crave an evening with friends in the games room, a seat by the fire or a quieter spot overlooking the garden, this is a good place to stop for generous portions of pub grub.
An icy beer on the patio offers a pleasant diversion from the nearby Galloping Goose Trail in the summer.