Day Trips from East Sooke, BC
|The coast mountains and rugged coastline offer scenic drives along curvy roads.|
Comfort Cove, an oceanfront Sooke cottage for rent, is located in the midst of a scenic, natural playground. Although many guests spend their entire stay basking in the relaxing atmosphere of the cottage, there are many superb day trips to be discovered on southern Vancouver Island. Take an easy, fun drive along the curvy coastal roads, stroll along a rocky beach or meander under a thick rainforest canopy. Comfort Cove Cottage offers visitors an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.
GREAT DAY TRIPS FROM COMFORT COVE COTTAGE
- A drive from East Sooke to the Malahat takes you on winding, scenic
roads through the dense forests covering the Sooke Hills, past Goldstream Provincial Park and then up along the spectacular
Malahat Highway (Hwy #1). This scenic road has mountain top views of Finlayson
Arm, the Gulf Islands and even Mount Baker on a clear day.
To get there: From the cottage, head towards Victoria on Sooke Road (Highway #14). When the road expands to 4 lanes, turn left on Humpback Road and follow it through the Sooke Hills (this is a short cut to Highway #1). Travel slowly and obey all signs as you navigate through the thick forest. At the end, turn onto Sooke Lake Road and then north on the Trans Canada Highway.
Discover the wild Pacific shores of Vancouver Island. From the cottage, head north on Highway #14 to Port Renfrew (2 hours from the cottage).
This cobble stone beach at Sombrio Beach is an easy 10 minute walk from the parking lot.
Along the way, stop at French Beach, Sombrio Beach or China beach and discover just a small portion of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. In Port Renfrew - the starting point for the better-known West Coast Trail - enjoy the expansive views of the coast mountains. Explore this small fishing village that has changed little over the past few decades.
For those seeking a longer day trip, travel from west to east along the Pacific Marine Circle Route. From Comfort Cove Cottage, it takes about 6.5 hours to complete this coastal and inland tour of southern Vancouver Island.
- Spend an afternoon in the town of Sooke and discover life on the
other side of the harbour. Go for a relaxing stroll on a seaside boardwalk and
pier in Ed Macgregor Park (20 minutes from the cottage). Located in
the heart of the town, this hidden gem has landscape gardens, a walking trail
and waterfront views of the harbour and the Olympic Mountains. Public artwork
created by local artisans is featured throughout the year.
Enjoy an ocean-side stroll on the boardwalk & pier in Sooke, BC at Ed Macgregor Park
Next, venture to Whiffin Spit Park and take a stroll along the long sandy finger jetting into the harbor. This natural spit is a perfect place to have a snack and to watch the many migratory birds. It can get windy so bring a sweater.
To escape the afternoon heat in the summer, head to the Sooke Potholes Regional Park. These deep holes in the rocks are natural formations that are popular swimming holes along the Sooke River. Let the gentle current swirl around you as you finish a relaxing day in this warm, freshwater river.
Lake Regional Park is a peaceful treasure that offers ample places to explore.
Located 20 minutes from the cottage, you'll find lakeshore trails below giant trees.
This large park is located in suburban Victoria but the thick forest hides the
urban sights and sounds. Bring your kayak or canoe and enjoy the solitude on
Upper and Lower Thetis Lake.
Just a short distance away, drive to Francis King Regional Park to view the largest trees in the Victoria area. Park at the Foresters Cabins, cross the street and walk a short distance into Heritage Grove. You won't be able to miss these giant Douglas Fir trees with 32' diameters!
The largest Douglas Fir tree in the Victoria area measures 32' in diameter (Francis King Regional Park).
- Another day trip closer to town is along Ocean Boulevard at the Esquimalt Lagoon in neighbouring Colwood (30 minutes away). Spend the day at the beach amongst the driftwood, watch migrating birds play on the salt-water pools, and view the sealife and birds (please remember not to move - or remove - any sealife). Also explore the landscaped grounds at nearby historic Hatley Castle. Bring a sweater or windbreaker as the ocean breezes can be cool.
- If this is your first time to Vancouver Island, make sure you visit the Inner Harbour in the heart of the downtown Victoria (40 minutes away). Take a tour of the Legislative Assembly, the Undersea Garden and the Royal BC Museum. A trip on a water taxi offers visitors a good view of the city's waterfront. Also check out the Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay. This national historic site has over 55 acres of floral displays and, due to our mild climate, is open year round.
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