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WHALE WATCHING TOURS

Enjoy a three-hour tour to view Orcas in their natural habitat. Sooke is the perfect area to find humpback whales visiting their feeding grounds. You'll also have the opportunity to see transient killer whales that regularly visit our area.
Whale watching around the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia is an unforgettable experience. Many varieties of whales pass thru the area.  Gray whales, orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, and Minke whales are seen in their natural habitat as they migrate along the island's west coast.

North Pacific gray whales migrate between Mexico and the Bering Sea in the spring and fall, and can typically be viewed in our area during March and April. More than 20,000 take part in the migrations. A few dozen will sometimes continue to feed in the area throughout the summer.

Humpback whales can grow up to 16 meters in length, and are well-known for their aquatic acrobatics, sometimes jumping completely out of the water and slapping the waves, with their massive tails. They also know for their songs during breeding season. Sightings are most common from August to October.

Orcas (actually dolphins, not whales) are the main attraction when it comes to whale watching along the Vancouver Island coast. Resident orcas--those that travel in pods--are somewhat common in the Vancouver Island area. The south end of Victoria island is home to at lease three orca pods. The best time to view the orca pods is from May to September, although they can be seen throughout the year.

Minke whales (named after an 18th-century Norwegian whaler), the second smallest of the baleen whales. They do not appear to coordinate their feeding or travel patterns. Each one tends top operate independently of other Minke whales. Consequently, Minke whale sightings are somewhat rare. However, they do occur, so you would definitely want to keep an eye out for them when whale watching in the area. Sightings are most likely during the spring and fall.

For more information, email us or give us a call. We'll be glad to help you out with all your whale-watching tour questions.
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    Stickleback is a upscale eatery just minutes away from downtown Sooke.

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  • Whale Watching Tours

    Enjoy a three-hour tour to view Orcas in their natural habitat. Sooke is the perfect area to find humpback whales visiting their feeding grounds. You'll also have the opportunity to see transient killer whales that regularly visit our area.

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  • Goin Coastal Fishing Charters

    Authentic fishing experience in Sooke. Outfitted with experienced guides and boats built for west coast fishing. Whether you're an experienced fisherman or looking to catch your first fish, this fishing experience is for you.

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  • Salmon Fishing Charters

    Salmon fishing is extremely popular--and successful--along Vancouver Island's west coast. Large runs of salmon migrate along the coast. Salmon fishing charters are generally available from spring thru fall. You aren't limited to salmon fishing, though: Halibut fishing and river fishing are also popular in our area.

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  • Sooke Harbour House Restaurant

    Sooke Harbour House is an award winning establishment. Every day the menu is different and unique.

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  • Hiking in Sooke Potholes Provincial Park

    The Sooke Potholes are a series of naturally carved, polished rock pools, located along the Sooke River. The unusual formations were formed by glacial action during the last ice age. The Sooke River is also an excellent location to view the annual salmon spawning run.

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  • The Stick in the Mud Coffee House

    The Stick in the Mud Coffee House is a roastery, bakery, and cafe, all in one setting. You can enjoy expresso, loose leaf or bagged teas, or a cold brew, if the season is right. And don't forget to try their delicious muffins, cakes, and cookies. Gluten free products are available.

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  • Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre

    Visit the Sooke Region Museum to get a history of this coastal town.

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  • The Butchart Gardens

    Butchart Gardens offers a number of dining possibilities. Have afternoon tea in The Dining Room. Sip marshmallow hot chocolate at The Coffee Shop. Or, try casual dining in a former greenhouse at The Blue Poppy Restaurant.

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  • Wild Mountain Food and Drink

    At Wild Mountain Food and Drink, you can get a taste of true west coast Canadian cuisine. Stop by, and enjoy dinner on their oceanview patio and bar. Snack packs, picnic packs ans heat-at-home dinners are also available.

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