REGION History

As one of the oldest settlements on Vancouver Island’s West Coast, Sooke appears to have been specifically located with recreational fishing in mind. Thirty-five kilometres to the west of Victoria this quiet, uncrowded community includes Sooke and East Sooke. This area borders Sooke Basin and Sooke Harbour. Both the harbour and basin are well protected from offshore winds providing excellent kayaking opportunities, sheltered boat launch ramps, moorage, whale watching tours and charter fishing guides.

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Places to Stay

We offer a varity of accommodations from bed and breakfasts to an exclusive hotel. Both the harbour and basin are well protected from offshore winds providing excellent kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding opportunities, sheltered boat launch ramps, moorage and charter fishing guides. Turn your day trip into a weekend getaway!

Sooke Potholes


Sooke Potholes Provincial Park provides access to the series of deep, polished rock pools and potholes carved naturally into the bedrock of the Sooke River. This area is a favourite day-use destination for many local and regional residents.

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Potholes were formed


Breath taking panoramic ocean and mountain views with fishing, surfing, kayaking, hiking, biking, whale watching and more. The Sooke – Port Renfrew region, on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island BC, has it all. Dozens of adventure operators and outfitters offer activities that can be affordably packaged with accommodation that offers the vacationing visitor options for every taste and budget.

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17 Mile Pub


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 Region Historical Society


places to eat

We are pleased to offer a taste for every palette and budget. Enjoy some local pub fare at the charming 17 Mile Pub, and liquor shoppe. Eat some authentic Mexican food in the heart of Sooke, at the Lazy Gecko. Indulge in local flavours at the Sooke Harbour House, a truly Canadian experience. For the best cup of coffee, roasted and brewed – visit the Stick in the Mud!

17 Mile House Pub
17 Mile House Pub
Sooke Harbour House
Sooke Harbour House
Stick in the Mud
The Stick in the Mud

Sooke Harbour House


One of Canada’s leading resorts, our charming oasis offers twenty-eight guest rooms, each individually decorated with the finest amenities. Original artwork, local antiques, and handcrafted furniture are just a few of the things that create such an inviting atmosphere, but it may just be the wood-burning fireplace, jetted tub, and amazing views that truly makes your space a sanctuary. Take a Closer Look ›


adrenaline ziplines


Have you ever wanted to fly or overcome your fear of heights while soaring over a majestic West coast forest? At Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours, experience an exhilarating ride up to sixty kilometres an hour as you soar on eight scenic zipline courses ranging from one hundred and fifty feet to an unforgettable one thousand feet.Take a Closer Look ›



With charter priorities of Safety, Comfort and Fun, you can effortlessly indulge in the unsurpassed beauty of Vancouver Island’s coastline and the shores of Sooke. Watch whales, porpoises, sea lions, otters, seals, eagles and more.

Feel the power and thrill of hooking a Chinook! Test your skills handling Cohos and Sockeyes. Reel in Pinks until your arms are tired! Take a Closer Look ›

Sidetrack Charters

Whale Watching



There are few sights more thrilling than whales in their natural environment, and the waters off the coast of British Columbia are rich with marine life. British Columbia’s whale-watching vessels take people onto the ocean to spot orcas, humpback whales, grey whales, and minkes, and along the way often come across seals, sea lions, porpoises, and bald eagles.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.