Sooke Harbor

Sooke, British Columbia

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Eighteen miles west of Victoria is a very protected body of water called Sooke Basin. Sooke was named for the first inhabitants of the area, the T’Sou-ke people. Locals say “Sook.” The inside of the harbor is calm and lined with beach homes and docks. The exterior of the basin, which parallels the Strait of Juan de Fuca, has a different personality with rugged shores pounded by the wind and ocean swell, which are common on the strait. The town of Sooke is the main center for supplies, and numerous B&Bs can be found along its shores. The bay is protected by a narrow sandy stretch of beach called Whiffin Spit, popular with locals for an afternoon walk. On the outside of the harbor going toward to Victoria is East Sooke Regional Park. The park is an advanced coastal paddler’s paradise with pocket beaches, caves, fast current, and a sense of wildness within a short drive to the city.

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"Eighteen miles west of Victoria is a very protected body of water called Sooke Basin. Sooke was named for the first inhabitants of the area, the T’Sou-ke people. Locals say “Sook.” The inside of the harbor is calm and lined with beach homes and docks. The exterior of the basin, which parallels the Strait of Juan de Fuca, has a different personality with rugged shores pounded by the wind and ocean swell, which are common on the strait. The town of Sooke is the main center for supplies, and numerous B&Bs can be found along its shores. The bay is protected by a narrow sandy stretch of beach called Whiffin Spit, popular with locals for an afternoon walk. On the outside of the harbor going toward to Victoria is East Sooke Regional Park. The park is an advanced coastal paddler’s paradise with pocket beaches, caves, fast current, and a sense of wildness within a short drive to the city."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Sooke
Distance: 18
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Part Day To Overnight.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: Canadian Hydrographic Service chart 3410 (1:20,000), 3411(1:12,000), 3440 (1:40,000); Noaa 18400 (1:200,000).
Driving Directions: Directions to Sooke Harbor

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May 2018