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. For some of the best views of the harbor, head to West Coast Grill, 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 salt spring island mussels, fresh salmon, and halibut fish and chips. This getaway includes a dinner credit that you can spend at West Coast Grill, 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.
Sooke, British Columbia: Rugged Seaside Bluffs and Rich History
The seaside township of Sooke is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, about 45 minutes west of downtown Victoria. It’s worth it to explore the rocky coastline by boat. One way to do that is by taking a whale-watching tour. From May to October, you can cruise through nearby inlets and you’ll get the opportunity to see orca 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 provincial and regional parks, including East Sooke and Juan de Fuca. Sooke Potholes is among the most popular parks in 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. Alternatively, the Royal BC Museum in Victoria features totem poles that rise above Thunderbird Park while a reconstructed wooly mammoth models the latest tuskwear.