Top 5 Extended Stay Activities

So, you’ve decided to get away to the wild west coast. Vancouver Island is renowned for its raw beauty, untamed beaches and deep coastal forests. Take some time to enjoy the following activities during your visit to Sooke.


Enjoy a Pint or Two

Are you feeling thirsty? Take a day to experience The Sooke Beer Run. Sooke is home to three breweries that each offer a completely unique experience. First up is Sooke Brewing Company, located on Otter Point Road recently won the silver medal for their Belgian Blond Brew at the 2020 Canadian Beer Awards. Second, up is the Bad Dog Brewing Company. This craft microbrewery offers local delivery – all you have to do is pick up your phone and call! Last on the list is Sooke Oceanside Brewery, or as the locals call it, S.O.B.

Craft Beer, Spirits & Mead
Image Courtesy of Bad Dog Brewing

Hit The Links

Whether it is the feeling that rings through your hands when you’ve struck the perfect shot, or the intrinsic beauty of a well-manicured golf course at dawn, there is truly something captivating about the game of golf. Near Sooke, golf enthusiasts can find a pleasant mix of championship style courses around the Sooke area. Located just outside of Victoria, Bear Mountain Golf Course offers a premier golf experience with two distinct golf courses – the Mountain or Valley Courses. Or enjoy a round at Olympic View Golf Course, which was recently rated ’Top 10 Best Public Golf Facility’ by ScoreGolf Magazine.

Image Courtesy of Bear Mountain
Image Courtesy of Bear Mountain

Take in The Beauty of Butchart Gardens

While many think of visiting Butchart Gardens as a summer affair, the temperate climate of Vancouver Island allows visitors to enjoy the gardens year-round. Enjoy the solitude winter brings, and take in the subtle beauty of over 55 acres of shrubs, trees and flowers.  Or stop in during the month-long Magic of Christmas lights display and indulge in some holiday festivities.

Image Courtesy of Butchard Gardens
Image Courtesy of Butchard Gardens

Witness the Power of Mother Nature

During the Fall and Winter months, powerful storms barrel across the Pacific Ocean, making the communities on the West Coast of Vancouver Island the perfect place to storm watch. Located just up the highway, are a number of provincial and regional parks which provide an easy walk to pounding surf and driftwood strewn beaches such as French BeachChina BeachJuan de Fuca and Sombrio Beach which offer many opportunities to view the ocean writhe back and forth as waves hurtle toward the shore.


Try Surfing at Jordan River

Located just North of Sooke, Jordan River has a fairly exposed reef and point break that has reasonably consistent surf. Pacific storms kick up the surf and draw enthusiasts during the short, sometimes fierce days of winter. And if the waves are judged to be imperfect here, the tribe moves further west to Sombrio Beach in the heart of the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

Surfer on the ocean wave at sunset or sunrise. Winter surfing in wetsuit

Sooke is a hidden jewel providing a number of off the beaten path activities. Whether you’re looking to stay a couple or days, or a month, Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina offers a number of accommodation options perfect for your getaway.