centuries, nature has shaped the people and the history of the
southwest coast of Vancouver Island. Presentation of this fascinating
story, where the rainforest meets the sea, is the mission of
the Sooke Region Museum.
a people's history, set in a land where a rainforest of infinite
majesty matches the awesome grandeur of the Pacific Ocean
breaking upon the western shore.
T'Sou-ke First Nations Peoples at the Sooke Harbour and the
Sooke River at our eastern boundary to the Pacheedaht Peoples
at the San Juan River Valley in the western region, it was
the forest and the sea that sustained and sheltered them.
late eighteenth century it was the search for the famed northwest
passage that brought Spanish exploration, followed in the
mid-nineteenth century by the arrival of hardy immigrant settlers,
some arriving by ship from the British Isles, some overland
across the continent from the French settlements in eastern
saga of the pioneer families as the new society developed,
the intercultural relationships, the neighbourly spirit that
was nurtured throughout the region, and the natural resources
that built the economy, are all reflected in the history of
Sooke, East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and
drive from downtown Victoria, via Highway 14, also known
as the Pacific Marine Circle Route, leads you to beautiful
Sooke, where you will find the museum with its lighthouse
and information center, immediately past the Sooke River Bridge.
2070 Phillips Road, Sooke
Mailing address: P O Box 774, Sooke, BC V9Z 1H7
Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre is open
throughout the year 9 am - 5 pm.
with the exception of Mondays during the winter season
and a brief Christmas closing.