Oceanfront Resort with Sea and Mountain Views, Fine Dining, and Spa Services
The Strait of Juan de Fuca—named for the Greek sailor who discovered the inlet in 1592—curves like a giant boomerang between Vancouver Island and the state of Washington. Starting in the spring, visitors head to this strait to see the gray whales and orcas that migrate through the area. From its oceanfront perch on Sooke Harbour, Best Western Premier - Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as the Olympic Mountains. While staying at this scenic setting, you can take advantage of the area’s kayaking, fishing, cycling, and other outdoor activities.
The hotel's white, neoclassical columns and verandas face the waterfront, and guest rooms feature views of either the strait or Sooke Basin. For some of the best views of the harbor, head to The Mix by Ric's, an onsite restaurant that looks out onto the blue-gray ocean from floor-to-ceiling windows. This Getaway includes a dinner credit that you can spend at Ric’s. Choose from a range of Pacific Northwest–inspired tapas and entrees, such as grilled scallops (C$15), fresh sockeye salmon (C$23), and filet mignon (C$34). Downstairs at the Ocean Palm Spa, you can use your spa credit for a leg wax (C$60), a seaweed body wrap (C$105), or another soothing service.
Sooke, British Columbia: Rugged Seaside Bluffs and Rich History near Victoria
The seaside township of Sooke is located on Vancouver Island’s southern tip, about 45 minutes west of downtown Victoria. From here, many guests explore the rocky coastline by boat via whale-watching tours. Between May and October, you can cruise through nearby inlets for the chance to see orcas and humpback whales, as well as seals, sea lions, and dolphins.
You can also get a look at the region's tide pools and pine-tree-covered bluffs at a number of nearby regional and provincial parks, including East Sooke and Juan de Fuca. Sooke Potholes Regional Park is also among the most popular parks in the summer, when kids come to cannonball into its swimming holes.
Back in town, the Sooke Region Museum sheds light on local history, from the First Nations—Canada’s aboriginal peoples—to loggers. For more information on the area’s past, head to Victoria and the Royal BC Museum. The museum is located in Thunderbird Park, where there are totem poles that are decorated by First Nations artists.
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