Sooke - Oceanside Lifestyle
Sooke embodies the quintessential West Coast spirit and lifestyle – one of freedom, a certain wildness, and a celebration of nature’s bounty. The oceanside paradise has all the elements of good living: the enjoyment of sunsets, rocky shores, and beautiful homes; wonderful activities for all ages; tantalizing food; and the pursuit of art, knowledge and wonder.
This west island community has everything to thrill the outdoor enthusiast. Fans of walking, skateboarding, horseback riding, and cycling have their own special corridor - the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. This walkway winds through the countryside for 55 kilometres. A cool swim on a hot afternoon does not get any better than a plunge into Sooke River at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. East Sooke Park provides walking trails along the rugged rocky edges of a turbulent ocean. Enjoy a gentle stroll along Whiffen Spit, a sandy appendage into the aqua blue.
For an art and culture infusion, the Marshall-Inman Gallery showcases stunning ceramic and wooden marvels. Master Carver Brett Borrie creates magic in precious metals at B & K Jewelry and Gifts. The South Shore Gallery is a venue for local artisans to display their talents in paintings, prints, ceramics, and glass.
Trip Advisor awarded The Sooke Region Museum with a 'Certificate of Excellence' due to rave reviews from customers around the globe. At Saltwest Naturals, you can watch how they distill salt from the ocean and sample their delicious products. The first 'meadery' in Western Canada, Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery staff wave a wand over their freshly made honey and turn it into ambrosial mead wine.
The humble little town on the island's edge has internationally celebrated restaurants such as
Sooke Harbour House, 'Diner's Choice Award' winner in 2018. On a smaller scale, Mom's Cafe is a popular local favourite. SEAPARC Recreation Centre in Sooke has programs in arts, recreation, sports, fitness and health. The many exceptional schools include John Muir Elementary School, Poirier Elementary School, Saseenos Elementary School, and Sooke Elementary School.
Once you get a taste of the Sooke lifestyle, resistance is futile!