SRER Summer 2017

Summer Shines on Sooke Sooke’s summer is a time for festivals, markets, outdoor fun and exploration. With a mild climate regulated by the cool Pacific waters, summers in Sooke are pleasantly warm, punctuated by occasional fogs that shroud the harbour and cling picturesquely to the treetops.

Summer season is also the dry season, which can mean weeks on end of sunshine, with little to no rainfall - a perfect recipe for the many activities and events on offer.

Courtesy Phillip Kristiansen Photography

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

After winter’s rains, the great outdoors are begging to be explored in the summer months, and there is no shortage of ways to get out on the water or on land. From kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in the Sooke Basin, to kite-surfing out past Gordon’s Beach, or wrestling salmon or halibut aboard one of the many fishing charter boats that ply the coast, the ocean is summer’s fairest companion. Camping is also a time-honoured tradition on Vancouver Island’s coasts, and there are several campgrounds and campsites along the chain of beaches connecting Sooke and Port Renfrew. Little rainfall means fire bans are often in effect, but the chance to fall asleep to roaring surf beneath clear, star-studded skies is incentive enough.

Sheringham Point Lighthouse

Aerial adventure also awaits with Adrenaline’s Zip-line tours, offering a wild ride through the canopy and a rush of adrenaline for all ages. For those that prefer solid ground, hiking and mountain biking trails lead into the many parks and wilderness areas that surround the Sooke Region, with gorgeous mountain-top vistas to reward the hardy.

Courtesy Phillip Kristiansen Photography

Breathtaking View of Whiffin Spit and the Strait of Juan De Fuca from the Peak of Broomhill Mountain

There is no better way to cool off when the thermostat begins to climb than a dip in the famous swimming holes at the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. From shallow pools suitable for families, to the deeper pools that give the park its name, the Sooke River’s cool mountain waters are a welcome refresher. From June to September, the wilderness is filled with berry-laden bushes - salmonberries start the season with their bright yellow fruit, followed by thimbleberries, salal, blueberries and blackberries, and even patches of wild strawberries. Berry picking is in itself a reason to get outside, stain fingertips and stock the pantry with jams and jellies.

The Pacific Marine Circle Route , which loops around from Sooke to Cowichan and back, is a great way to take in a bit of it all, including old growth forests and some of the tallest trees in the world.

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