Pacific Marine Circle Route



THE SOOKE REGION MUSEUM

Through the 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.

It is 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.

For the 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.

In the 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 Canada.

The ongoing 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 Port Renfrew.

A 40-minute 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.

Location: 2070 Phillips Road, Sooke
Mailing address: P O Box 774, Sooke, BC V9Z 1H7

The 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.

Phone 250-642-6351

or toll free 866-888-4748
e-mail: info@sookeregionmuseum.com