Sooke to Port Renfrew
West of Victoria, the Island Highway (Hwy #14), the West Coast Road and the Galloping Goose Trail wind through the WestShore communities to Sooke. Tracing the coastline, the West Coast Road leads to lush rainforests, rocky cliffs, hiking trails and some of the most scenic beaches on Vancouver Island. Oceanfront inns, legendary dining, wooded trails and surf-tossed beaches make Sooke, just half an hour west of Victoria, a favourite seaside getaway.
Wild by Nature
Be sure to stop at East Sooke Regional Park, where trails range from casual strolls to full-day treks. Birdwatchers will enjoy Whiffin Spit, a natural breakwater between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Sooke Harbour. Visit the Sooke Region Museum and be sure to chill out in the natural swimming holes at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, or explore the beaches and pathways in East Sooke Regional Park. West of Sooke, the highway leads to some of the Island's most beautiful scenery at French Beach, China Beach, Botanical Beach (famous for its tide pools) and the southern terminal of the West Coast Trail. Pick up an Artisan Studio Tour map to visit the many open studios in the area.
Sooke chefs work closely with fishermen, farmers and even foragers to bring the best and freshest culinary delights to diners' plates. Visit farm-to-table restaurant Wild Mountain or West Coast Grill for outstanding local flavours.
Pacific Marine Circle Route
Sooke is also a great starting point for a drive on the Pacific Marine Circle Route, which leads you on a breathtaking self-guided trip along the southwest coast to Port Renfrew, across to Lake Cowichan and then south through Duncan and Cobble Hill. Once you reach the hamlet of Mill Bay, you have the option to take the Mill Bay ferry back to your hotel at Brentwood Bay to turn in for the evening.
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