Sooke

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District of Sooke
District
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Location of Sooke in British Columbia
Location of Sooke in British Columbia
Coordinates: 48°22′34″N 123°44′16″W / 48.37611°N 123.73778°W / 48.37611; -123.73778Coordinates: 48°22′34″N 123°44′16″W / 48.37611°N 123.73778°W / 48.37611; -123.73778
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Vancouver Island
Regional district Capital Regional District
Incorporated December 7, 1999
Government
 • Mayor Wendal Milne
 • Councillors Bev Berger, Herb Haldane, Rick Kasper, Kevin Pearson, Kerrie Reay, Maja Tait
Area
 • Total 56.72 km2 (21.90 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 11,435
 • Density 201.6/km2 (522/sq mi)
 • Demonym Sookie
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways 14
Waterways Strait of Juan de Fuca
Website District of Sooke

Sooke /sk/ is a district municipality situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada. About a 45 minute drive from the city of Victoria (the capital of British Columbia), Sooke is considered the westernmost of the Greater Victoria region's "Western Communities." It is situated to the north and west of the Sooke Basin.

Education[edit]

Sooke is a part of the School District 62 Sooke. There is one high school, Edward Milne Community School, and one junior high school, Journey Middle School. Continuing adult education programs are offered by the Edward Milne Community School (EMCS) Society, which also operates with day, evening and weekend programs.

Tourism and recreation[edit]

Sooke's popularity as a scenic tourist destination has existed for generations. Well-known destinations in Sooke, such as Whiffin Spit Park, the Sooke Potholes Regional Park, and adjacent Sooke Potholes Provincial Park attract visitors both locally and from around the world. Sooke is also home to the Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre; where visitors and locals are able to get information on regional attractions and history. The area's popularity has increased as a base for visiting the wilderness parks of Vancouver Island's southwest coast — the West Coast Trail and the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park which includes the now highly popular Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.

Back country recreation, or off-road recreation brings a constant stream of 4X4s, quads, ATVs, dirt bikes, and home built off-highway vehicles through Sooke as people search out back country access. Hundreds of kilometres of logging roads thread through the hills north of Sooke in the Rural Resource Lands of the Juan de Fuca electoral area, enabling access to several community lakes and small reservoirs. Two large reservoirs, Bear Creek and Diversion, are popular destinations north and west of Sooke.

Mountain biking is growing in popularity in British Columbia, and Sooke is establishing itself as a destination for the sport. Local advocacy groups are working to have areas such as Broom Hill set aside as parkland.

The Galloping Goose Regional Trail, part of the Trans-Canada Trail, runs through Sooke and is a popular cycling route to Victoria.


The Arts Community in Sooke[edit]

The vibrant arts community of Sooke enjoys the annual Sooke Fine Arts Festival (in its 28th year in 2014) which brings hundreds of tourists to Sooke each summer by featuring the adjudicated art of local and regional artists. Sooke is known for its wealth of painters, writers, sculptors, potters, fabric artists, jewellery crafters, and more. The Sooke Community Arts Council plays a large role in fostering art in the region. The Sooke Harbour House art gallery is a main display opportunity for many local artisans.

Real Estate in Sooke[edit]

In Sooke, prices rose then fell in 2011—from January to March prices climbed from $428,383 to the $447,000 range, but reached a low of $368,480 in May and settled at $395,120 by December (though in December 2010 the price was similar at $380,020). As per "The Sooke News"“Last year, 199 single-family homes sold in Sooke, including East Sooke, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew. The average sale price was $423,642. This is lower than 2010, which saw 230 single-family homes sell, with an average price of $454,695.

Demographics[edit]

Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:[1]
Chinese 90 0.9%
South Asian 120 1.2%
Black 80 0.8%
Filipino 30 0.3%
Latin American 20 0.2%
Southeast Asian 20 0.2%
Arab 0 0%
West Asian 20 0.2%
Korean 15 0.2%
Japanese 15 0.2%
Other visible minority 20 0.2%
Mixed visible minority 25 0.3%
Total visible minority population 450 4.6%
Aboriginal group
Source:[2]
First Nations 390 4%
Métis 0 0%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 390 4%
White 8,850 91.3%
Total population 9,690 100%

Neighbourhoods of Sooke[edit]

(in order from east to west)

  • North Sooke
  • Saseenos
  • Milne's Landing
  • Sunriver Estates
  • Sooke Town Centre or "UpSooke"
  • Broom Hill
  • Whiffin Spit
  • Otter Point
  • Kemp Lake

Neighbouring Communities[edit]

Publications in Sooke[edit]

The long-established weekly newspaper is the Sooke News Mirror, edited by Pirjo Raits and one of more than 70 Black Press Media community papers in B.C. The independent weekly Sooke Voice News began publication in January, 2012 under the direction of publisher/editor Mary P. Brooke.[3] The Rural Observer, edited by Terri Alcock, is a non-profit monthly magazine published since 2004 by the Juan de Fuca Rural Publication Society for readers in the neighbouring communities of Shirley, East Sooke and Otter Point.

Notable residents[edit]

Canadian poet, novelist and playwright Marilyn Bowering lives in the Sooke area. Carl Heinrich, winner of Top Chef Canada (season 2), grew up in Sooke and attended Edward Milne Community School.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  2. ^ "Aboriginal Peoples - Data table". 2.statcan.ca. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  3. ^ http://www.sookevoicenews.com/about.htm