Get on the Water
As summer comes to a close we want to savour every last second of warm weather that we can. Getting on the water is one of the best ways to enjoy summer! From kayaking to fishing and beaching, there are many ways to enjoy the Ocean. We are lucky to be on Vancouver Island since the mild climate allows us to stay outside almost year round.
The calm waters of the Sooke Basin make it the perfect destination for kayakers. Kayaking is a great way to be active without putting too much stress on your joints. Paddle around the basin and you will see all kinds of marine life including eagles, whales and more! Rent your kayak from West Coast Outdoor Adventure where you can choose the perfect tour for you. Choose a tour from 2 hours, half day, full day and two consecutive days and get out and enjoy the water. They offer single or double kayaks, so you can enjoy the basin with that special someone or have an adventure that is all your own.
Sooke is best known for its world-class fishing charters, no matter what time of year you will see different types of fish. First you will need a fishing license, which you can apply for here. Before you head out onto the water, make sure to check current catching limits, closures and conditions for safety. If you have booked a guided fishing charter, your guide will be able to tell you about all of the restrictions and safety guidelines. We have packages available for all levels of anglers, from first time to experienced. We offer a half-day, full-day, crabbing or harbour tour; each of these tours is unique and will leave you with lasting memories of Sooke. May to August is the best time to fish for Chinook salmon as they are weighed in from 20-60 pounds. September and October are best for Coho and Chum Salmon at 5-20 pounds. Halibut has been weighed in at 50-300 pounds from November to April. With fish this size there really is no bad time to fish in Sooke!
Spending a day at the beach is often seen as an exclusively summer activity, but it doesn’t have to be here in Sooke. If you are willing to brave the rain and wind the beach still has so much to offer all year long. Whiffin Spit is a great coastal walk that is suitable for the whole family with incredible scenic views along the whole trail. The beach at Whiffin Spit is a bit rocky but is a great place to see some orcas and other marine life. Botanical Beach sits within the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and is a great place to experience the best of Sooke. This beach showcases an abundance of organisms including the goose-necked barnacle, snails and mussels. While at Botanical Beach, you may be lucky enough to see some Killer or Grey whales feeding off the point. There are tons more beaches in the Sooke area that will help you savour that summer feeling.
We often wish that summer could last forever, although we can’t make that happen we can still enjoy the winter months on the water. Just because it’s too cold to swim doesn’t mean you should stay inside! The ocean is incredible and we should enjoy it no matter the time of year. You may want to cozy up inside after your water adventure, SookePoint Resort is the perfect place to do that. Book your stay now!