More About Sooke BC
Sooke BC has more than just incredible angling opportunities! There are endless things to do off the water too. From breathtaking natural beauty to dynamic, vibrant cities Vancouver Island has something for everyone. Where else can you go angling in the morning, wildlife watching in the afternoon, and attend a symphony in the evening - all in one day! Start the day with 2 Reel Fishing Adventures, and then enjoy many exciting experiences, including world-class golf, sea kayaking, mountain biking, museums and galleries, five-star dining, soothing spas and relaxing swimming.
Sooke has so much to add to your vacation. From spectacular beaches and thousands of square kilometers of wilderness to gourmet meals with million dollar views there is something for everyone. Walk the world famous West Coast Trail or visit one of Sooke's art galleries or gift shops. The Sooke Region Museum has plenty of interesting information about Sooke history and it's people. Stay a couple of nights in our Accommmodations and see some of the wonderful things that Sooke has to offer...
2 REEL FISHING ADVENTURES
2 Reel Fishing Adventures guide Ron Neitsch has been guiding Sooke BC fishing charters for over 9 years and is well known in the fishing community. With a reputation for safety and results, Ron is sure to provide you with an unforgettable Sooke salmon fishing experience. For more information check out www.2reel.ca
Eagle-Eye Outfitters offers a large array of goods and services for the outdoors person. Get information on local outdoor activities, update your camping gear or buy some fishing gear and hit the lakes! www.eagle-eye.com/
Explore a series of small islands, coves and beaches rich in marine life, located in the Sooke Basin! Rush Adventures offers kayaking lessons for the beginner or intermediate paddler. Surf courses and rentals available as well. Rush also has one day guided tours or multi-day camp and kayak adventures. With a waterfront shop and easy access dock at Coopers Cove, you will be paddling in just a few minutes after arriving. Courses and programs can be customized to suit your needs and group rates are available. www.rush-adventures.com
Explore the nature of Sooke by bike on Sooke's famous Galloping Goose Trail. www.westwebb.com/sookecycle/
SOOKE COASTAL EXPLORATIONS
Daily scheduled whale watching trips May through October aboard a 12-passenger rigid-hulled zodiac. Reservations required. www.sookewhalewatching.com
EAST SOOKE PARK
Aylard Farm (also known as East Sooke Park) is an adventure in itself. You can spin cast for coho from Beechy Head or poke around in the tidal pools. There is also a fabulous group picnic site with a large open field perfect for flying a kite. If you plan on hiking the entire park you should take enough food and water for at least a full day, layered clothing and don't forget to tell someone about your plans! For more information check out www.eastsookepark.com
FRENCH BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK
This 59 hectare park is situated on the Strait of Juan de Fuca 5 km east of Jordan River. There are plenty of hiking trails that will lead you through second growth forest of Douglas fir, Ditka spruce, western hemlock and western red cedar to the beach. Once on the beach, there are excellent opportunities to observe orca whales as well as seabirds, bald eagles, and ospreys. Otters, seals, and sea lions can also be seen playing offshore. French Beach is located near the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula rain shadow and receives more precipitation than Victoria but much less than areas to the northwest such as Port Renfrew or Bamfield. For more information check out www.frenchbeachpark.com
GALLOPING GOOSE TRAIL
Take a walk or a bike ride on the Galloping Goose, a 60 kilometer long trail that runs from just outside downtown Victoria all the way up to Leechtown, a deserted gold rush town approximately 14 kilometers north of Sooke. Originally, The Goose was a railroad track that carried amibitious gold panners back and forth but in 1996 "The Goose" became part of the national "Rail to Trail" project and was dedicated as part of the Trans-Canada trail. It now sees between 100,000 and 150,000 people walking, biking, rollerblading and horseback riding on it each year! For more information check out www.gallopinggoosetrail.com
SOOKE RIVER POTHOLES
About 2 kilometers from Sooke, the Goose meets and continues to run parallel to the Sooke River until it (the Galloping Goose) ends in Leechtown. Sooke River holds many interesting and exciting spots for young and old alike such as the Pot Holes, small secluded beaches, cliffs for diving and waterfalls that you can swim under. Stay the night at the TLC Campground and spend the day exploring! For more information on camping check out www1.conservancy.bc.ca/potholescamping or go to www.sookepotholes.com for more on the park itself. This site has some great photos!
17 MILE HOUSE AND PUB
Outdoor volleyball court and pool table, chess and checkers, a 150 year old piano waiting to be played, great atmosphere, fascinating history, good food and service...these are just a few things that await you at the 17 Mile pub. A short drive from Sooke is all that separates you from this historic landmark and popular pub. For more info go to www.17milehouse.com
MARKUS' WHARFSIDE RESTAURANT
Experience the simple elegance that Markus’ Wharfside Restaurant has to offer. Serving dinner in an intimate, fine dining atmosphere, the staff at Markus' pride themselves in providing amazing food and exceptional service. The restaurant’s cuisine is European with west coast influences and includes seafood dishes and desserts. Reservations recommended. www.markuswharfsiderestaurant.com
MULLIGAN'S BAR AND GRILL
Great pub food in a sports bar atmosphere. Open 7 days a week.
OTTER POINT BAKERY AND TEA ROOM
Visit the Otter Point Bakery and Tea Room. High tea is served daily from 1pm - 4:30pm (reservations required). Sit down to a hot lunch and chat with the locals or go for a Saturday brunch buffet style. If you are planning a hike or day at the beach, the folks at Otter Point bakery can pack you a nutricious bag or picnic lunch. www.sooke.org/opbakery/
THE LAZY GECKO
Authentic Mexican food served fast and with a smile...yum!
SUSHI ON THE SEA
Sushi On The Sea is located on the 80' vessel ROLANO moored at a private wharf in the centre of Sooke. Open for two sittings (6pm and 8pm)on Friday and Saturday nights, you will be surprised and delighted with this unique dining experience . Reservations required. www.sushionthesea.com
BODY WELLNESS TECHNIQUES
Offering a large selection of spa services from hot rock massage and Raindrop therapy to seaweed wraps and waxing. As this is a mobile service, you don't have to worry about driving home afterwards! Appointment necessary. www.victoriamassage.com
Candles, dishwares, decorative knick knacks and more! Located in the Sooke Centre Mall. Call (250) 642-0059
EAGLE-EYE OUTFITTERSEagle-Eye has a large selection of retail goods for the avid fisherman. They sell everything from fishing rods to gold panning kits and more! If you like fishing...you'll love Eagle-Eye. You can also visit and purchase from their store online. www.eagle-eye.ca
GOODLIFE WELLNESS CENTRE
Located in the heart of Sooke, BC. As a collective of health professionals, they offer a large selection of modalities focused on mind and body healing and problem prevention. For more information go to www.goodlifewellness.com
JAKE GRANT JEWELLERY
Sooke art gallery featuring local selections of art, native jewellry, carvings, and prints. Also retailing imported jewellry, porcelin, decor, and batik from Indonesia. Plus custom and production jewellry in all metals from the bench of Jake Grant. For more info go to www.sooke.org/jakegrant/index.html
SOOKE COUNTRY MARKET
Open every Saturday during the summer, this outdoor market offers plants, crafts and homemade jams and jellies by the locals. Located on Otter Point Rd just half a block up from Sooke Rd.
SOOKE REGION MUSEUM GIFT SHOP
Since 1999, the Sooke Region Museum has hosted Sooke's Visitors Information Centre. The centre provides information on accomodation, restaurants, sites to see and parks to visit. Ask about adventure tourism and recreation in our numerous Provincial Parks, Pacific Rim National Park, East Sooke Regional Park, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and more. For more information visit their website at www.sooke.museum.bc.ca/museuminformation.htm
SOUTH SHORE ART GALLERY
Art cards, original art and framing. Phone (250) 642-2058
VILLAGE FOODS MARKET
Village Food Markets is a full service supermarket with grocery, deli, and bakery, located in the Sooke Centre Mall, in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. www.villagefoodmarkets.com
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