Pacific Marine Circle Route



2014 SUMMER EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM

Sooke Night Market

Join us every Thursday evening from June 5th to September 4th from 5pm - 8:30pm for food, crafts and entertainment on the museum grounds.

CLICK HERE for the visitor and vendor information PDF.

Summer Camp at the Museum!

Looking for summer activities for your child? This year the museum is introducing a selection of summer camp activities. Two type of camps will be offered: A full week camp July 21st - 25th from 9am - 3pm (with before and after care available); We are also offering 1/2 camps most Mondays in July and August.

CLICK HERE for more details!

Exhibit: Accommodating the World

A look at the history of tourism in the region. Our area has a rich history of tourism accommodation. From June 22 - September 7th

Leechtown Day

Saturday July 19th, Noon - 4pm

Join us in commemorating the 150th anniversary of discovery of gold on the Leech River. Sponsored by Spinnakers Brewpub, this event will have traditional kid games, gold panning, musical entertainment, skits by the Sooke Harbour Players, refreshments and traditional pit cooked "Leechtown Beef" like was cooked at All Sooke Day!

Water Pipeline Exhibit at the Charter River Salmon Centre

SOOKE LAKE WATER'S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY TO VICTORIA

The mammoth undertaking of constructing a water pipe flowline to carry water from Sooke Lake to supply Victoria has to be one of the most remarkable feats of engineering ever to take place on Vancouver Island.

37,000 concrete sections, 4 ft diameter by 4 ft length were manufactured on the shore of Sooke Basin and transported by narrow gauge railway northwest as far as Sooke Lake and east as far as Goldstream, where the Humpback Reservoir was built to facilitate the distribution of water throughout Victoria. Visitors are invited to view the fascinating pictorial history of the challenges and the people who made it all happen, during the years 1911 to 1915.

Co-sponsored by the Sooke Region Museum, the show will take place daily, August 1st through September 28th, from 10am to 4pm, at the Charters River Salmon Interpretive Centre, 2895 Sooke River Road; Phone 250-642-6351 or 4200.


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