Sooke & Port Renfrew
The perfect weekend or midweek getaway
We all need a bit of time to slow down and recharge our batteries—reconnect with ourselves, loved ones and nature. When you just need a bit more time away than a single day can afford, the South Island Spirit look has just what the mind, body and soul needs.
Foggy Mountain Forge (Shirley, BC )
It wouldn’t be a complete Sooke experience without exploring some of the unique art and culture. Foggy Mountain Forge is a blacksmith, studio and gallery founded in 2008. Owner and artist/fabricator Marty Gilbertson is internationally known and has done commissioned work from all over the world.
Wild Mountain (Sooke, BC)
After an exploration of local art, reward yourself with a visit to Wild Mountain. This amazing restaurant, in keeping with Slow Food values, echoes its abundant community of farmers, fishers, foragers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and bakers.
Soule Creek Lodge (Port Renfrew, BC)
Round out your incredible reconnection with nature in a Yurt on the majestic lands of the Soule Creek Lodge. Perched high on the San Juan Ridge, this fantastic accommodation has full 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Olympic Peninsula, the Juan de Fuca Strait, West Coast Trail, San Juan Inlet and the Coastal Mountains.
Botanical Beach (Port Renfrew, BC)
Start your second with an oceanside exploration unlike anywhere else. Botanical Beach has 251 hectares of natural habitat that offer an unparalleled opportunity to view the abundance of intertidal marine life on Vancouver Island. During the low tide, walk endlessly across the flat sandstone and granite outcroppings to view tide pools and brightly coloured starfish, urchins and mussel shells.
Bridgemans West Coast Eatery (Port Renfrew, BC)
Located right on the water overlooking the marina, Bridgemans is the perfect spot of a lively lunch or a romantic dinner. This highly rated restaurant pays homage to the blue collar worker, adventurer and risk takers that love a full belly and good drink. They offer dishes that are imaginative but well grounded in the unique, hard working communities they serve.