People walking to the shore to watch a sailing competition.



Sooke to Port Renfrew

Northwest of Victoria, the Island Highway (Hwy #14), the West Coast Road and the Galloping Goose Trail wind their way 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 40 minutes west of Victoria—a popular seaside getaway.

Scenic seascapes and rugged coast

Be sure to stop at East Sooke Regional Park, where hiking trails range from casual walks to full-day missions. 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 experience 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. Grab an Artisan Studio Tour map and visit the area’s many open studios.


Feast on local fare

Sooke chefs work closely with fishermen, farmers and foragers to bring the best and freshest culinary delights straight to your plate. Visit farm-to-table restaurant Sooke Harbour House or West Coast Grill for outstanding local cuisine.


Pacific Marine Circle Route

Sooke is a perfect 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, east across to Lake Cowichan and then south again through Duncan and Cobble Hill.