Oceanfront Resort in a Seaside Town with Fine Dining
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, Prestige Oceanfront Resort 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. The menu contains a range of Pacific Northwest–inspired tapas and entrees, such as grilled scallops with risotto, fresh sockeye salmon, and filet mignon. This getaway includes a dinner credit that you can spend at Ric’s, plus another credit to use at any of the onsite eateries, such as Café Sofia or Yesaki Wine and Sushi Bar.
Downstairs at the Le Sooke Spa, there are soothing services for both men and women—enjoy a colorful mani-pedi or a massage with hot basalt and marble rocks.
Highlights of Sooke, British Columbia
- Rugged scenery: You can get a look at the region's tide pools and pine-tree-covered bluffs at a number of parks, including East Sooke Regional Park and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.
- Cannonball into a swimming hole at Sooke Potholes, a popular park that also has a waterfall.
- Whale watching: From May to October, you can take a cruise to see orca and humpback whales as well as seals, sea lions, and dolphins.
- Learn about local history at the Sooke Region Museum.