" When people, land, and community are as one, all three prosper. "

Wes Jackson 


The seaside community of Sooke is nestled on the shores of Sooke Harbour just 50 kilometres from Victoria. Sooke has been home to the T’sou-ke First Nations and for thousands of years and is presently home to 11,500 permanent residents. 

Sooke was first settled in 1849. Logging was the primary industry. Farming expanded and, by the early 1900’s, commercial fishing was also an economic driver. At one time gold was discovered and Leechtown blossomed north of Sooke to 3,000 residents and disappeared almost as fast. Today, with a mild climate, stunning scenery, and close proximity to Victoria, Sooke has become a mecca for tourists and those seeking a more casual laid back lifestyle. 

Whiffen Spit is a natural breakwater for the Sooke Harbour. Over one kilometre long, it is a great place to go for a walk and do some bird watching. The famous Sooke Pot Holes is the destination for swimming. Sooke is the southernmost part of the Galloping Goose Trail, a multi-use 55 kilometre trail connecting Sooke to Victoria. The waters around Sooke are abundant and a wonderful opportunity for beginning kayakers. The numerous parks surrounding Sooke have hiking, biking, and horse back riding trails. 

Sooke has experienced substantial growth in recent years but has managed to retain its small town feel. Sooke is a full service community with all levels of school, churches, grocery stores, banks, gas stations, liquor stores, doctors, dentists, and pharmacies. Sooke is renowned for its vibrant arts community including artists, musicians, and writers. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, and pubs to choose from. 

If you are considering calling Sooke home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Sooke.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Sooke. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Sooke, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Sooke has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Sooke using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Sooke community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.