Quite simply, spectacular! East Sooke is becoming the chosen destination for those who are environmentally aware and wish to reconnect with nature and themselves. It is a place where you can experience first-hand the breathtaking beauty of 300-year-old trees and wildlife in its natural habitat. The rugged beauty is breathtaking, and the absence of structures, industry noise, traffic, and pollution is amazing.
Situated on the southwestern most tip of Vancouver Island, on the south side of the Sooke Basin, East Sooke has as its backdrop East Sooke Regional Park, a wonderful 1400 hectares of unspoiled West Coast wilderness. Here, you can explore 50 kilometres of trails through forests, trees, and wetlands, with tidal pools and scuba diving, pocket beaches, and a very challenging 10-kilometre Coast Trail. And for the amateur historical archeologist, the petroglyphs, shell middens, and burial cairns which attest to the presence of the Salish centuries ago.
East Sooke also features Roche Cove Park, a lovely section of the Galloping Goose Trail, and Aylard Farm, arguably the best beach in the Greater Victoria Region, where you can explore intertidal life and enjoy otters playing on the sand dunes, while bald eagles, turkey vultures, and red-tailed hawks circle overhead. This is truly a bird watcher’s paradise.
But more than that, East Sooke is sparsely populated, with wide-open spaces where you can feel free. At the same time, there is a real sense of community here and also a pioneering spirit, where neighbors actually do care. The properties are spacious, but the people living here do not feel separated from each other: in a spiritual sense, they are even closer to each other than people living side by side in an urban setting.
In the midst of this natural paradise is a touch of culture: the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, providing a diverse season of the highest caliber of music. Sooke also features wonderful schools including a French immersion program. You’ll also find fine chicken, turkey, venison, hormone-free beef and pork at the Meating Place and fresh crab from The Crab Shack. The Sooke Country Market features tables of organic, home-grown produce, fresh fruit, locally produced jambs, and mouth-watering fresh breads, still warm from the oven.
Without question, this area is a rich treasure trove for naturalists, fishermen, birdwatchers, hikers, boaters, divers, photographers, recreational enthusiasts, and sea kayaking adventurers. And the deep, all-enfolding forests enclose you in a protective, spiritual experience. Here, you can raise your children in a safe, fascinating, natural setting. And where is this paradise? Only a 35-minute drive from downtown Victoria and 10 minutes from Langford.
Find more information about East Sooke at eastsooke.com and eastsooke.ca.
We currently have two listings in East Sooke, both featuring spectacular ocean fronts/views, beautiful homes, and plenty of space.
Beach and Meadow (View Listing) – Equestrian meadow, rippling stream, and shining pond greet you and bring you past a historic 10ft stone wall, built by artisans from the old country. The home features a circular paved drive and has been referred to as “The Cedars” since 1875. This perfect marriage of old European lifestyle and modern convenience is echoed throughout.
3.5 Acre Waterview Style & Serenity (View Listing) Eagle-eyed luxury home hunters of ultimate privacy and stunning ocean and mountain views focus on this totally renovated West Coast home on a park-like 3.5 acres in an exclusive neighborhood. Dramatic windows perfectly frame panoramic views from every room.