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Things to do in and around Sooke

Sooke is the perfect destination to use as a home base for nature lovers who want to explore and discover the natural beauty of South Vancouver Island. With its towering hills, lush green rainforest, and rugged beaches along the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Sooke offers a unique landscape that’s sure to take your breath away. From easy walking trails to more strenuous hikes, there are plenty of options for exploring the area’s vast beauty. Scroll down to view Sooke hikes, walks and other adventures in the area.

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Sooke Hikes, Walks, Beaches and Waterfalls

Sooke Hikes

Sooke is home to a variety of hikes with stunning views and unique experiences. Whether you’re looking for a short walk or an all-day adventure, there’s something in Sooke for everyone. Hiking along beautiful beaches and coves to more challenging trails along rugged shorelines, the area offers breathtaking scenery and plenty of wildlife.

For the more daring, there are also several trails that offer a truly unique experience with features like winter waterfalls and ancient petroglyphs along the way. With so much to explore, you are sure to find an unforgettable hike!

Sooke Beaches

Few places in the world offer the combination of natural beauty and recreational opportunities as the beaches along Juan de Fuca. Sooke area beaches are some of the most picturesque in all of Canada, with their dramatic cliffs, crashing waves, and even beautiful sandy shores. 

Within 30 minutes of Sooke, these beaches are perfect for a variety of activities, from hiking and swimming to picnicking and beachcombing.  So whether you’re looking for a relaxing day by the water or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, Juan de Fuca is the perfect destination. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any walks in the town of Sooke?

There are three great walks within the district of Sooke.

When downtown make sure you check out the Boardwalk Loop through Ed Macgregor Park and the Rotary Pier.

Whiffin Spit Park is located near the entrance to Sooke Harbour and offers a stunning view of Juan de Fuca Strait.

Sunriver Trail takes you along the Sooke River which includes one of the largest trees around Sooke.

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Are there any family beaches nearby?

Ella Beach is a pebble beach located in Sooke with limited amenities.

French Beach is a great family beach with a playground, picnic tables and fire pits. A 20 minute drive west between Shirley and Jordan River.

For freshwater swimming visit, Sooke Potholes or Matheson Lake

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What are the best hikes around Sooke?

East Sooke and the beaches along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail have some of the best coastal hiking on Vancouver Island.

East Sooke Park offers a beautiful beach and short hikes to Petroglyphs all the way to a 20k grueling hike up and down the rugged shoreline.

Mystic Beach is considered one of the nicest beaches in Canada and kicks off The Juan de Fuca Marine trail. It is a little challenging but well worth the hike.

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What other family activities are there around Sooke?

The Sooke Potholes are a very popular place for exploring but my favourite is the Sheringham Lighthouse in Shirley. A classic lighthouse built on the point along the rugged coastline. A speaker has been installed at the lighthouse and connected to hydrophones to listen to whales as they pass by.

The Sooke Museum also has wonderful displays both inside and outside along with a great gift shop, promoting local artists.

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