District of Sooke BC
Sooke is located west of Victoria and only became incorporated in 1999. Recent road improvements have cut the commute time down to approximately 45 minutes to Victoria. Sooke is divided into several distinct areas such as Sooke Village, East Sooke, Broom Hill, Saseenos, Sooke River, Whiffin Spit and West Coast Road. There is a growing business section in the downtown core, good schools, restaurants, sports facilities and a museum.
Sooke offers a variety of recreational activities reflecting its natural surroundings. There are fishing excursions, boating, sailing, hiking and horseback riding.
The area contains a variety of lakes, parks and nature trails including the Galloping Goose Trail, East Sooke Park, Sooke Pot Holes, and the well-known Sooke Harbor. The West Coast and Juan De Fuca Trails and Botanical Beach at Port Renfrew are very popular. Sooke also offers great surfing and whale watching. Sooke hosts the annual juried Sooke Fine Art show every summer.
Sooke is a popular tourist destination and home to the world renowned Sooke Harbor House. There are numerous Bed and Breakfast facilities including Markham House and country Lodges tucked away in the woods and on the waterfront. It has a local government wharf as well as private marinas.