Sooke – Day 2 of a 5-Day Trip on Vancouver Island
We drove back to Victoria for lunch and then headed to Sooke for the day’s activities. If you stayed in Victoria, Sooke is a fairly close day trip (45 minute drive from Downtown Victoria). Sooke is a popular seaside getaway with plentiful hiking trails. The climate is also cooler in Sooke than in Victoria due to its exposure to the ocean (low twenties temperatures instead of low thirties).
We had lunch at Red Fish Blue Fish. Red Fish Blue Fish is a small, but popular, seafood stall located at Victoria Downtown Harbour. We waited about 30 minutes in line to order and another 10 minutes to get our food. It was definitely worth it. We ordered the cod fish and chips, and 2 tacones – albacore tuna and wild salmon. The stall is also close to the Parliament Building.
After lunch, we headed to Sea Chest in Sooke for ice cream. Sea Chest is a small seaside stall which sells homemade ice cream sandwiches. We picked the strawberry rhubarb with granola cookie. It was an extremely hot day, so the ice cream was very refreshing!
After ice cream, we drove to East Sooke Regional Park and walked along the Coast Trail to Creyke Point. Creyke Point overlooks the water. East Sooke Regional Park is a blend of marshes, forests, and ocean side trails.
After our walk, we headed to Sooke Brewing Company and shared a 4 beer flight – 2 lagers, a witbier, and a blond ale.
Next, we headed to Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery. The meadery tastings are free and is a great spot to learn about bees, honey, and mead! The farm/store is in a lovely home and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
After the meadery, we made a quick stop at the beach. We did not stay long, as we had one more stop on our list – Sooke Potholes Provincial Park.
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park is a popular swimming location due to the naturally formed potholes and rocky beaches. The rocks are slippery when wet, so be extremely careful if climbing over the rocks. We went for a swim in the potholes and it was an amazing experience. The water is very clear and helped cool us down from the summer heat.
After our swim, we headed back to Maple Bay for dinner. If you are looking for a dinner restaurant in Sooke, I have heard good reviews of Wild Mountain.
Complete Day 2 Itinerary
*Travel times may vary. Check Google Maps for most accurate travel details.
11:00am: Have brunch at Red Fish Blue Fish. Walk along the Victoria Harbour.
1:00pm: Drop by Sea Chest for ice cream (47 minute drive from Red Fish Blue Fish).
1:30pm: Continue to East Sooke Regional Park (2 minute drive from Sea Chest). Hike to Creyke Point via Coast Trail.
2:30pm: Stop by Sooke Brewing Company (19 minute drive from East Sooke Regional Park).
3:30pm: Visit Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery (11 minute drive from Sooke Brewing Company).
4:30pm: Go for a swim at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park (21 minute drive from Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery).
6:00pm: Have dinner at Wild Mountain (11 minute drive from Sooke Potholes Provincial Park).
5-Day Vancouver Island Itinerary
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