Spend All 4 Seasons in Sooke
The oceanside village of Sooke is situated on Vancouver Island, whose temperate climate makes it one of the warmest places in Canada – an idyllic place to visit any time of the year!
While pretty in any month, Sooke truly sparkles in spring and summer with endless opportunities to lounge on local beaches, swim in the Pacific Ocean and explore the rugged wilderness. Hikers, walkers and amblers can spend the long sunny days wandering quiet forest trails, cycling the famed Galloping Goose and Juan de Fuca trails, or visiting the generous array of regional and provincial parks.
The region is also an angler’s dream, with salmon in abundance year-round, and halibut peaking between March and June. Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina, is situated right beside a bustling marina filled with fishing charters – simply take your pick and head out to the ocean to catch your dinner.
Whale watching season on Vancouver Island is truly a spectacle to behold. Typically taking place between April and late October, whale watching excursions are both educational and exciting, showcasing Vancouver Island’s stunning surroundings while seeking out killer, grey and humpback whales, as well as porpoises, sea otters and bald eagles. Adventures by HIP offers tours departing mere steps from Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina.
Fall is the beginning of storm-watching season, an awe-inspiring event that demonstrates the wrath of Mother Nature’s temper. The most furious storms around occur when low-pressure systems move northward; as the system curves east, pressure rapidly drops, bringing wild winds, torrential rainfall and waves soaring up to 25 feet.
Watch the show from the cozy comfort of your vacation rental at Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina, or brave the storm to visit Botany Bay; a 10-minute walk through the rainforest will lead to some of the best storm-watching scenes in the region, including giant pieces of driftwood tossed about like toothpicks.