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About Sooke

Information on this page is from the District of Sooke website.

Located on the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island, the District of Sooke is a scenic 45-minute drive from downtown Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. The incorporated community's approximately 10,000 residents enjoy a relaxed, casual lifestyle in a rural setting that also affords many of the amenities of city life.

Sooke's economy has shifted from its earlier base in natural resources to include many home based businesses, a commercial core, and a bustling tourism services sector which entertains thousands of local, national and international visitors each year. Sooke enjoys a moderate climate which supports local community growth and tourism.

Sooke is the gateway to numerous ecotourism adventures as well as the West Coast Trail, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, and Galloping Goose Trail. Renowned local restaurants attract diners from around the island and the mainland. Scenic photography is an enjoyable activity in this seaside region.

Warm and dry summer months, and wet, mild winter months allow residents and visitors to enjoy many amenities such as a Par 3 golf course, Whiffin Spit Park, Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, a skateboard park, and trails and beaches for hiking, cycling, horseback riding and kayaking.

The SEAPARC Leisure Centre (arena, fitness and aquatic centre) and the Sooke Region Museum (with visitor information centre) offer activities year-round. Those looking to participate in local fishing opportunities are served by marinas and fishing charter guides.

Sooke's vibrant arts community supports many talented artists and craftspeople who create beautiful works from both home-based studios and galleries in the commercial core. Musicians of every genre, from symphonic to choral to bluegrass, perform at a variety of events, sharing the limelight with an enthusiastic theatre community.

The volunteer spirit pulls residents together for numerous special annual events such as the Rotary Auction and Spring Fair, Sooke Canada Day celebration, Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra "Fling" and Sooke Fall Fair. Hundreds of residents share their time and talents with dozens of community groups offering something special to fellow residents. The Sooke Harbour Chamber of Commerce supports community activities and provides many business activities and opportunities.

Visitors to our community have the opportunity to enjoy the urban-rural mix and beauty of the Sooke region, one of the many reasons why we are proud to call Sooke home.

A great community for retirees
Shaw TV featured attracting retirees to Sooke in January 2013. Harbourside’s dock can be seen in the video, as viewed from the Municipal Wharf — look for the big boat with the SUSHI sign.
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