community of Sooke is located on the southern tip of Vancouver
Island, in Super, Natural British Columbia, Canada. Sooke
is named for the T'Sou-ke Indian Band, the early First Nations
inhabitants of the area. The name T'Sou-ke was given
to a species of stickleback fish that, at one time, was quite
numerous in Sooke Basin.
The Sooke Region, from East Sooke westward through to the
small surrounding communities of Jordan River and Port Renfrew,
has a population of 11,600.
Traditionally, the area's industries have been logging, lumbering
and fishing. Today, tourism is a major factor in the local
Sooke enjoys one of the most moderate climates in Canada.
Typically warm and dry in summer, the fall months too, are
generally very pleasant. Winters are usually mild with frequent
rainfall, some frost, and only occasional snow.
There is an array of cottage industries in the area, as well
as some small manufacturing and light industry. Much of Sooke's
population today is made up of people from across the country
who have visited the area and then chosen to make Sooke their
The Sooke community supports a wide variety of interests and
talents, and there are many service groups and organizations
in the area. Music, drama, arts and crafts, golf, archery,
photography, gardening and team sports are among the focus
of approximately one hundred such groups and clubs in Sooke.
The Sooke Regional Historical Museum, Art Galleries, and a
Regional Library offer additional interest. The area's community
school offers both credit and non-credit courses. Sooke's
diversity offers something for everyone.
BC Transit offers excellent bus service between Sooke and
Victoria, BC's capital city. Many buses are equipped with
bike racks to accommodate traveling cyclists.
area publishes one weekly newspaper, and is home to several
churches, three elementary schools, one middle school and
one high school. A full range of retail shops, restaurants,
business and professional services are also available in Sooke.
As well, there are many bed and breakfasts, marinas, and hiking
trails in Sooke. The region is well served by several volunteer
fire departments, and is policed by the RCMP.
For more information,
The Sooke Community
Chamber of Commerce
Real Estate Index
Business Index (compiled
by the Sooke Lions Club)