Shirley’s History

“ In 1937, […] the construction of a hall and lean-to was built on a small parcel of land donated to the Association. Most of the work was done by the volunteers and all the materials were donated. […] Residents from around the area came to the hall for card games, dancing, dinners, crafts and more. Electric power came to Shirley in 1953, telephone services followed soon after. West Coast Road was built. Today, high tech living has become part of our life — TV, cell phone, and Internet. People move to this area from around the globe. Shirley’s landscape has indeed evolved over the years.”

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Places to Stay

Shirley offers the comfort and luxury of our coastal resorts. Or you can camp among the trees and along the ocean with the available camp sites. Either choice provides scenic views of the strait of Juan de Fuca and the old growth forests of Vancouver Island. Enjoy Salmon fishing, scuba diving, surfing, and wildlife viewing.

Sheringham Point


“Standing twenty metres high above the rocky coastline of southwest Vancouver Island, the Sheringham Point Lighthouse has served as a beacon of hope and salvation for more than 100 years. The lighthouse is located near Shirley, in an exposed section of the Juan de Fuca Strait, which is pounded by westerlies in the summer and easterlies in the winter. In June of 2015 the lighthouse was awarded Heritage Designation by the government of Canada, and joins 73 other lighthouses across the country. At this point the lighthouse itself is inaccessible but can be viewed from the outside.”


built in 1912
in 1988
it was automated
by 2015
74 Canadian
Heritage Lighthouses


Most residents in Shirley and Jordan River are either self-employed (in the tourist industry, as artisans or with home based businesses, including contract and consulting work), retired, or commute daily to work in Sooke or Victoria. The largest employers in the community are Western Forest Products and the fifty year old Point-No-Point Resort. There are also four restaurants in the area and several B&B’s.


French Beach


French Beach offers year-round vehicle accessible camping in a beautiful natural setting within minutes walk to the ocean. Facilities include a picnic/day-use area, a sani-station, pit toilets and fresh water. More camping and hiking opportunities are located nearby at Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. Take a Closer Look ›

Ocean Song Cottages


YIn Shirley, BC – just 20km past Sooke – Oceanfront cottage, hot tub, views, fireplace, BBQ, adults only! Slowing down is essential & doing so by the forest & the ocean, creates a space where it is easy to breathe & enjoy the things that make the soul sing. Renovated in the spring of ’22 this cottage has a PNW aesthetic: simple forms, real wood, restrained palette & an open feel. We hope you feel comfortable here, enjoy your time, leave encouraged, rested & rejuvenated. RELAX • RENEW • RESET Take a Closer Look ›

Shirley – Ocean Song Cottages

Shirley – Point No Point Resort

Point No Point Resort

Cozy Cabins

Situated on the rugged southwest coast of Vancouver Island, we look across the Straight of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Hike the trails to several private beaches or cross a log bridge to the rocky point. We also have a private beach house at the eastern most trail where you can tuck in out of the rain and warm yourself next to the fire. There you’ll find lots of classic Adirondack arm chairs just begging for someone to relax with a good book or a pair of binoculars.Take a Closer Look ›


Coastal Experiences

Make sure you experience these wild coast array of things to tempt and taunt the senses.

  1. Distinctively Canadian

    Indulge your senses by viewing the most impressive Canadian Art collections, sampling uniquely local flavours, and experiencing our diverse history.

  2. Stay with us

    Whether you want to stay in a cozy bed & breakfast, cottage or inn, or upgrade to one of the many extraordinary resorts or vacation homes – we have it all. It’s easy to spend a relaxing or invigorating vacation here.

  3. Attend a Festival

    Art, music, and culture. Our region is a hot bed of activity year round. With the Tall Trees Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Sooke Fine Arts Show, our many Art festivals, Canada Day, Festival of trees and the Pacific Rim Whale Festival we celebrate our Island culture and environment.

  1. Hike the WCT

    The West Coast Trail is a world renowned backpacking trail. Open from May 1st until September 30th, this gruelling 75 km (47 mi) trek is well worth the challenge for the breathtaking examples of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

  2. Sea To Sky Hiking

    Discover the raw beauty and uncharted nature of the CRD. From seasoned backpackers to amateur day hikers you can traverse up to the tallest peaks and back down to the rocky shores of the Juan de Fuca by hiking historical trails.

  3. Going Coastal

    Our Coast has long been inspiration to all kinds of musicians, writers and painters. It is not hard to see why – take a walk through ancient forests with gnarled trees and green canopies, explore hidden creeks and spot eagles taking flight or bears ambling through the undergrowth.