Culinary Tours & Schools
Fresh farm produce (Andrea Johnson photo)
Gather edible seaweed, inhale aromatic oils, discover an average workday in the life of bees, and explore the wild side of Sooke on a variety of culinary tours.
Pick up The Cool Guide to Coastal Sooke at the Visitor Centre. Most of tours are predominately offered during the spring, summer, and fall high season.
Sooke's renowned "seaweed lady" Diane Bernard leads a variety of tours (from May to September) that explore the culinary and health value of edible seaweed varietals found along the coastline. Culinary seaweed tours include a meal of seafood and wild seaweed at the Sooke Harbour House, rated "Best Restaurant in the World for Authentic Local Cuisine" by Gourmet Magazine.
Spa operator Christine Hopkins, another Sooke seaweed specialist, offers one-and-two hour educational sessions focused on the organic essential oils she uses in her thalassotherapy, a therapy combining hydrotherapy and the naturally healing elements of seaweed.