Beaches & Swimming
Kids swimming (Picture BC photo)
Lovely sand and rock beaches stretch from one end of the Sooke region to the other.
Each locale has its own character, but all are excellent for swimming (if one can handle the frigid water), wading (more manageable given the gentle surf), beachcombing, oceanfront picnics, romantic hikes and family outings with the dog and a Frisbee.
Take note of signs warning that "this is black bear country." Black bears typically avoid humans, but be prepared with bear safety information. If you encounter one, stay calm, continue facing the bear and back slowly away.
Beaches West of Sooke
Area beaches (listed chronologically from the region's northwest end at Port Renfrew back to the southeast) include: