Things To Do
Welcome to our beautiful Sooke Cottage
East Sooke is a pristine landscape which offers a natural haven for wildlife.
Year-round outdoor recreational opportunities abound as well, due to its mild
climate - Sooke is a wonderful
all-season coastal getaway
! Click here to see photos of the
Hiking, walking, and cycling
Explore southern Vancouver Island before coming back to relax in the serenity and privacy of
the cottage. Click here for a few great day
trips from Sooke
Eagle and Wildlife Watching
The island is blessed with an abundance of wildlife. There is a large variety of wildlife that
can be seen from the cottage, from eagles, heron, the tiny hummingbirds, fun
quail family, elusive otter, and the spectacular sight of seal fishing just
offshore! Visit between December and February for a chance to see the
"eagle extravaganza" at
Goldstream Park, when bald eagles feast on salmon.
Whale-Watching & Eco-Tours
West Coast Wildlife Adventures
and Sooke Coast Explorations
Bikes are available for rent from West Coast Outdoor Adventure
Visit the Sooke Potholes
, a popular area for swimming. You will see signage on Hwy 14
(Sooke Road) heading into the town of Sooke. Some guests also swim from the
private dock at the cottage; however please be aware that there are hazards
associated with swimming in the ocean. Note that the cottage does not
have a beach, and is a rocky shoreline. Here is more information about
beaches and swimming
on Vancouver Island and the Sooke area
Contact Mark Grant's Salmon Charters
Sooke Salmon Charters
Sea Wind Fishing Adventures
Kayaking and Boating
The Sooke Basin on which the cottage is located, is a wonderful
and protected place to kayak. The private dock offers an easy launching place. Kayak
rentals and equipment are available in the town of Sooke from
Pedder Bay Marina
rents out motor boats.
The Metchosin Golf & Country Club
is open to the public.
Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery
(tel: 250-642-1956) offers tastings and self guided tours.
For something different, try Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours
(tel: 250-642-1933) where you can ride a zip-line through the West Coast forest.
They're located near 17 Mile Pub, approximately 10 minutes drive from the cottage.
Restaurants and Dining
- Fine Dining: Our favourite is an unassuming local gem called the
Smokin' Tuna Cafe
(tel: 250-642-0332), situated on a pretty spot on the waterfront. Open May to October, they offer casual lunches and fine dining for dinner, with an ever-changing
menu. There's also the ever-popular and famous
Sooke Harbour House (tel: 250-642-3421)
offers fine gourmet dining.
- Casual Dining: 17 Mile House Pub (tel: 250-642-5942)
is popular with the locals. You will have passed it on the way to the cottage, near the intersection of Gillespie
and Sooke Roads. Many people also enjoy Stonepipe (tel: 250-642-0566)
located across the street from PetroCanada in Sooke. Also in Sooke is the
Stickleback West Coast Eatery (tel: 778-425-4499),
located at 5449 Sooke Road next to Rush Adventures.
Mom's Cafe (tel: 250-642-3314) is popular for breakfasts and milkshakes.
Little Vienna Bakery (tel: 250-642-6833) offers fresh baked goods, sandwiches,
and light snacks. Heading the other way towards Victoria, there is a lovely
restaurant and one of our favourites, called My Chosen Cafe (tel: 250-474-2333)
on the corner of Metchosin Road and Happy Valley Road. You can get pizza from
My Chosen Cafe as well as from Sooke 2-for-1 Pizza (tel: 250-642-5451).
- Fast Food: McDonald's and A&W are available in the town of Sooke.
The city of Langford and the town of Sooke
(both approximately 20 minutes from the cottage) have grocery stores. Langford
has a Superstore as well as several grocery stores, while Sooke has Village Foods
and Western Foods. We suggest shopping for groceries prior to heading to the cottage.
Stores are open 7 days a week.
Bill's Food & Feed (also called East Sooke Grocer)
is approximately 5 minutes drive from the cottage at the intersection of Gillespie and East Sooke Roads.
Please visit our
section for information
on ferries, passports, weather, etc.