Highlights of Sooke, a Community on Vancouver Island

The town of Sooke is on the less explored section of Vancouver Island, close to the capital city of BC, Victoria and leading into the spectacular Juan de Fuca trail.

Totem against the fog across the water at Sooke on Vancouver Island, Canada
Map of Sooke and nearby attractionsIn and around town:

Sooke Museum and Tourist Information.

At the Sooke Museum on Vancouver Island there were some slices of some ancient trees, their growth rings showing their great age. This is an ancient Douglas fir

Harbour House.

Exterior of Sooke Harbour House in Sooke on Vancouver Island, CanadaComplementary yellow rain coats and rubber boot await tromping about the locality on a stormy day.Complementary yellow rain coats and rubber boots at Sooke Harbour House in Sooke on Vancouver Island, CanadaA wood whale carved in the style of the Haidas, the indigenous people of northern BC. Carved wood whale at Sooke Harbour House in Sooke on Vancouver Island, CanadaAn clever jellyfish light amidst a pile of artfully arranged weathered wood. An artsy jellyfish at Sooke Harbour House in Sooke on Vancouver Island, CanadaA fork & spoon mobile in front of a shell and bell macrame hanging at the Sooke Harbour House. A macrame hanging and a fork & spoon mobile at Sooke Harbour House in Sooke on Vancouver Island, Canada

Places to Eat.

Stickleback Eatery. The food here was so good Al tried to bribe the cook with a beer for the recipes, especially on the curried bean soup that was the daily special. But the cook said he just ‘wings it’ until he gets the taste he wants. (sticklebackeatery.com)Fish tacos in Sooke on Vancouver Island, Canada

Sheringham Point Lighthouse.Sheringham Point Lighthouse near Sooke on Vancouver Island, CanadaSheringham Point Border marker
17 Mile House, a Historic Pub.

From a sign in the pub: “This historic roadhouse was built just before the turn of the century as a hotel for sportsman…”17 Mile House, a historic pub in Sooke on Vancouver Island, Canada“During the 1920s the hotel gained local importance as it housed the area’s only telephone… ‘Ma’ Wilson operated the 17 Mile House from 1940 until 1970. It was she who had the distinctive tile floor installed…”A colourful tiled floor at 17 Mile House, a historic inn (& pub) in Sooke on Vancouver Island, CanadaThere are indoor and outdoor eating areas. We only stopped there for a beer and I noted in my journal that the IPA was a Vancouver Island Craft Beer, and tasty but not memorable. 17 Mile House, a historic pub in Sooke on Vancouver Island, CanadaWhimsey abounds; trees with faces and a sign reading ‘Hippies Use Back Door’.A tree with a surprised face at 17 Mile House, a historic inn (& pub) in Sooke on Vancouver Island, Canada

The Boardwalk at Ed McGregor Park.

Tales from the Crab Catcher (and other stories told along the Boardwalk at Ed McGregor Park). A great place to talk with the locals and hear their stories (and drool over the crabs they’re catching). On Sooke's long boardwalk some crab catching

Whiffen Spit.Wild Flowers at Whiffen Spit, a walk on a spit of land extending out into the Pacific Ocean from Sooke on Vancouver Island, Canada
East Sooke Regional Park.Petroglyph of a seal at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, Canada
Sooke Potholes.Waterfalls Sooke Potholes Park on Vancouver Island, Canada

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4 responses to “Highlights of Sooke, a Community on Vancouver Island

  1. Pingback: Beneath my Feet: Tiled Floors from Around the World | Albatz Travel Adventures·

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