Posted by: cherylyoung | June 8, 2013


The pleasant harbourside village of Sooke on southern Vancouver Island provides a tranquil refuge from the bustle of city life.

Sooke enjoys a relaxed, casual lifestyle in a rural setting that also affords many of the amenities of city life.

For centuries, this area was a thriving Coast Salish settlement.

The T’sou-ke peoples lived alongside a salmon river and within a sheltered harbor, an area where seafood was in abundance along the seashore, and game, roots and berries were harvested in the forests.

The name T’sou-ke is said to be that of a stickle back fish found at the mouth of the Sooke River.

The T’sou-ke First nation proudly created a valuable and lasting legacy that continues to enrich the community to this day.

Sooke enjoys some of the mildest climate in western Canada, with warm and dry summer months, and wet and mild winter months.

 Sooke’s unspoiled beaches, meandering rainforest trails and breathtaking vistas of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains attract visitors from around the world, eager to catch a glimpse of Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast.

In comparison with the convoluted coastline on the south side of Vancouver Island, the southwestern side to the west of Sooke is positively razor-edged.

So few are the protuberances that it even has a phantom point – Point No Point – that can be seen from certain angles but not others.

In a series of indentations, the shoreline gradually sweeps east from Point No Point to Juan de Fuca Point – the real thing – which makes a bolder impression.Population: 10,436


Sooke PotHoles Regional Park is a swimmers paradise located on the banks of the spectacular Sooke River.

Enjoy the views, explore the trails or take a refreshing dip on a hot summer day!

Just a 30 minute car ride beyond the urban core, the Sooke potholes are one of the more popular swimming spots in the capital region.

Pick any Sunday during the dog days of summer.

Chances are it’s sunny, about 25 degrees outside and you wish you could peel your skin off to beat the heat.

But instead of practicing your Robbie Robertson impersonations, why not just go to the beach instead.

 If you’re willing to travel somewhere picturesque, then the Sooke Potholes is where you should be headed.

This cool swimming spot is a scenic half hour drive from the city centre.

 Most traces of Victoria disappear the closer you get to Sooke and are rreplaced with lush forests and single lane traffic each way along Sooke Road.

The water is clear and cool, and the scenery looks a lot like a Tourism B.C. brochure photo shoot.

 But just because this place is tucked away off the Sooke River, and is at least half an hour outside of Victoria by car, that doesn’t mean it isn’t popular with locals.

Parking can be a problem during the peak of summer.

 Either get down to the river early or be prepared to park further up the road.

There’s more to the Sooke Potholes than just swimming.

A small creek runs under a wooden bridge on the way from the parking lot.

Further upstream along the creek, there is a modest, but photo worthy spot, complete with a waterfall, mossy rocks and shallow pools of clear water.

Since most people will be heading for the beach, there’s a chance that you will have this waterfall to yourself for a while.





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