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Sooke is a district municipality on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada, 38 kilometres by road from Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Sooke, the westernmost of Greater Victoria's Western Communities, is to the north and west of the Sooke Basin.

Sooke
District of Sooke
Sooke
Sooke (Capital Regional District)
Location of Sooke within the Capital Regional District
Sooke
Location of Sooke within British Columbia
Coordinates:48°22′34″N123°44′16″W /48.37611°N 123.73778°W /48.37611; -123.73778Coordinates: 48°22′34″N123°44′16″W /48.37611°N 123.73778°W /48.37611; -123.73778
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Regional districtCapital
IncorporatedDecember 7, 1999
Government
• MayorMaja Tait
• CouncillorsJeff Bateman, Al Beddows, Ebony Logins, Megan McMath; Tony St-Pierre; Dana Lajeunesse;
• By Election September 28, 2019Dana Lajeunesse won the By-Election replacing Councillor Brenda Parkinson (deceased June 2019)
Area
• Total56.62 km2 (21.86 sq mi)
Elevation
50 m (160 ft)
Population
• Total13,001
• Density229.6/km2 (595/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
• Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Forward sortation area
Highways14
WaterwaysStrait of Juan de Fuca
Websitesooke.ca

Contents

Sooke Harbour

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. Sooke, BC is also famous for its beaches just on the outskirts of its neighbouring communities such as Shirley and Jordan River. These beaches include Sandcut, French beach, Fishboat bay, China beach, Mystic beach and more.

Mountain biking is growing in popularity in British Columbia, and Sooke is establishing itself as a destination for the sport. Local advocacy groups such as the Sooke Bike Club 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 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.

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.

Canada 2016 Census Population % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:
Chinese 140 0.9%
South Asian 65 1.2%
Black 35 0.8%
Filipino 75 0.3%
Latin American 20 0.2%
Southeast Asian 25 0.2%
Arab 10 0%
West Asian 0 0.2%
Korean 0 0.2%
Japanese 50 0.2%
Other visible minority 30 0.2%
Mixed visible minority 15 0.3%
Total visible minority population 465 4.6%
Aboriginal group
Source:
First Nations 805 4%
Métis 410 0%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 1,120 4%
White 12,430 91.3%
Total population 13,001 100%

The District of Sooke is its own independent municipality, part of the Capital Regional District.

Municipal

Sooke is governed by a mayor and six councilors, who are elected every four years.

Mayor Maja Tait

Councillor Al Beddows

Councillor Dana Lajeunesse

Councillor Ebony Logins

Councillor Jeff Bateman

Councillor Megan McMath

Councillor Tony St-Pierre

Provincial

Sooke in part of the riding of Langford-Juan de Fuca represented by John Horgan of the BC NDP, who first won in 2009.

Federal

Federally the town is in the riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, represented by Randall Garrison of the New Democratic Party. He was first elected in 2011.

Sooke has a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters, defined by the Köppen climate classification as Csb. Although its precipitation is more like dry summer climates, its temperatures resemble oceanic climates as found in Ireland, for example.

Climate data for Sooke (Park-Isle Marine), elevation: 32 m or 105 ft, 1967-1990 normals and extremes
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.1
(59.2)
15.6
(60.1)
16.0
(60.8)
23.6
(74.5)
28.2
(82.8)
28.3
(82.9)
29.4
(84.9)
29.6
(85.3)
27.2
(81.0)
21.5
(70.7)
21.8
(71.2)
15.9
(60.6)
29.6
(85.3)
Average high °C (°F) 6.7
(44.1)
8.4
(47.1)
10.1
(50.2)
11.9
(53.4)
14.2
(57.6)
16.4
(61.5)
18.2
(64.8)
18.6
(65.5)
17.1
(62.8)
13.1
(55.6)
9.3
(48.7)
6.9
(44.4)
12.6
(54.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.2
(39.6)
5.4
(41.7)
6.6
(43.9)
8.1
(46.6)
10.5
(50.9)
12.6
(54.7)
14.0
(57.2)
14.3
(57.7)
13.0
(55.4)
9.7
(49.5)
6.6
(43.9)
4.5
(40.1)
9.1
(48.4)
Average low °C (°F) 1.6
(34.9)
2.4
(36.3)
3.0
(37.4)
4.3
(39.7)
6.7
(44.1)
8.8
(47.8)
9.9
(49.8)
10.1
(50.2)
8.8
(47.8)
6.2
(43.2)
3.8
(38.8)
2.0
(35.6)
5.6
(42.1)
Record low °C (°F) −10.6
(12.9)
−12.5
(9.5)
−6.2
(20.8)
−2.2
(28.0)
0.0
(32.0)
3.3
(37.9)
5.0
(41.0)
4.4
(39.9)
1.7
(35.1)
−2.8
(27.0)
−10.8
(12.6)
−13.9
(7.0)
−13.9
(7.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 193.1
(7.60)
142.2
(5.60)
108.8
(4.28)
75.6
(2.98)
44.7
(1.76)
28.6
(1.13)
21.0
(0.83)
26.5
(1.04)
54.8
(2.16)
121.3
(4.78)
213.0
(8.39)
197.2
(7.76)
1,226.8
(48.31)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 181.5
(7.15)
138.4
(5.45)
107.2
(4.22)
75.2
(2.96)
44.7
(1.76)
28.6
(1.13)
21.0
(0.83)
26.5
(1.04)
54.8
(2.16)
121.3
(4.78)
209.4
(8.24)
189.0
(7.44)
1,197.6
(47.16)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 11.7
(4.6)
3.9
(1.5)
1.6
(0.6)
0.4
(0.2)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
3.4
(1.3)
8.2
(3.2)
29.2
(11.4)
Average precipitation days(≥ 0.2 mm) 20 17 17 15 12 9 5 6 10 15 21 21 168
Average rainy days(≥ 0.2 mm) 18 16 17 15 12 9 5 6 10 15 20 20 163
Average snowy days(≥ 0.2 cm) 3 1 trace trace trace 0 0 0 0 0 trace 2 6
Average relative humidity (%) 84 83 81 82 83 87 86 85 83
Source: NOAA

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. The four elementary schools in the area are John Muir (in the town's west end), Sooke Elementary (town centre), the French immersion Ecole Poirier (town centre), and Saseenos Elementary (east end). In 2018, SD62 announced it would be building Sooke River Elementary in the Sunriver neighbourhood. Continuing adult education programs are offered by the Edward Milne Community School (EMCS) Society, which also operates with day, evening and weekend programs. The closest post-secondary institutions are Royal Roads University and Camosun College's Interurban campus.

(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
  • The long-established weekly newspaper is the Sooke News Mirror, edited by Kevin Laird and one of more than 70 Black Press Media community papers in B.C.
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  2. "Sooke, District municipality [Census subdivision], British Columbia and Capital, Regional district [Census division], British Columbia". Statistics Canada. January 23, 2017. RetrievedFebruary 8, 2017.
  3. "Census Profile, 2016 Census, Sooke, District municipality [Census subdivision], British Columbia and British Columbia [Province]". Statistic Canada. Retrieved2013-04-13.
  4. "Census Profile, 2016 Census Sooke, District municipality [Census subdivision], British Columbia and British Columbia [Province]". Statistics Canada. Retrieved2013-04-13.
  5. "Mayor Maja Tait". Retrieved2021-07-10.
  6. "Sooke, British Columbia Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Retrieved2019-07-10.
  7. "Sooke (01018642) - National Weather Station". NOAA. RetrievedJuly 10, 2019.
Wikimedia Commons has media related toSooke, British Columbia.
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Sooke Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Sooke news newspapers books scholar JSTOR June 2013 Learn how and when to remove this template message Sooke s uː k is a district municipality on the southern tip of Vancouver Island Canada 38 kilometres by road from Victoria the capital of British Columbia Sooke the westernmost of Greater Victoria s Western Communities is to the north and west of the Sooke Basin SookeDistrict municipalityDistrict of Sooke 1 SookeSooke Capital Regional District Location of Sooke within the Capital Regional DistrictSookeLocation of Sooke within British ColumbiaCoordinates 48 22 34 N 123 44 16 W 48 37611 N 123 73778 W 48 37611 123 73778 Coordinates 48 22 34 N 123 44 16 W 48 37611 N 123 73778 W 48 37611 123 73778Country CanadaProvince British ColumbiaRegional districtCapitalIncorporatedDecember 7 1999Government MayorMaja Tait CouncillorsJeff Bateman Al Beddows Ebony Logins Megan McMath Tony St Pierre Dana Lajeunesse By Election September 28 2019Dana Lajeunesse won the By Election replacing Councillor Brenda Parkinson deceased June 2019 Area 2 Total56 62 km2 21 86 sq mi Elevation50 m 160 ft Population 2016 2 Total13 001 Density229 6 km2 595 sq mi Time zoneUTC 8 PST Summer DST UTC 7 PDT Forward sortation areaV9ZHighways14WaterwaysStrait of Juan de FucaWebsitesooke wbr ca Contents 1 Tourism and recreation 2 Arts community 3 Real estate 4 Demographics 5 Politics 5 1 Municipal 5 2 Provincial 5 3 Federal 6 Climate 7 Education 8 Neighbourhoods 9 Neighbouring communities 10 Publications 11 Notable residents 12 References 13 External linksTourism and recreation Edit Sooke Harbour 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 Sooke BC is also famous for its beaches just on the outskirts of its neighbouring communities such as Shirley and Jordan River These beaches include Sandcut French beach Fishboat bay China beach Mystic beach and more Mountain biking is growing in popularity in British Columbia and Sooke is establishing itself as a destination for the sport Local advocacy groups such as the Sooke Bike Club 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 Arts community EditThe 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 EditIn 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 EditCanada 2016 Census Population of Total PopulationVisible minority group Source 3 Chinese 140 0 9 South Asian 65 1 2 Black 35 0 8 Filipino 75 0 3 Latin American 20 0 2 Southeast Asian 25 0 2 Arab 10 0 West Asian 0 0 2 Korean 0 0 2 Japanese 50 0 2 Other visible minority 30 0 2 Mixed visible minority 15 0 3 Total visible minority population 465 4 6 Aboriginal group Source 4 First Nations 805 4 Metis 410 0 Inuit 0 0 Total Aboriginal population 1 120 4 White 12 430 91 3 Total population 13 001 100 Politics EditThe District of Sooke is its own independent municipality part of the Capital Regional District Municipal Edit Sooke is governed by a mayor and six councilors who are elected every four years Mayor Maja Tait 5 Councillor Al Beddows Councillor Dana Lajeunesse Councillor Ebony Logins Councillor Jeff Bateman Councillor Megan McMath Councillor Tony St Pierre Provincial Edit Sooke in part of the riding of Langford Juan de Fuca represented by John Horgan of the BC NDP who first won in 2009 Federal Edit Federally the town is in the riding of Esquimalt Saanich Sooke represented by Randall Garrison of the New Democratic Party He was first elected in 2011 Climate EditSooke has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters defined by the Koppen climate classification as Csb Although its precipitation is more like dry summer climates its temperatures resemble oceanic climates as found in Ireland for example 6 Climate data for Sooke Park Isle Marine elevation 32 m or 105 ft 1967 1990 normals and extremesMonth Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec YearRecord high C F 15 1 59 2 15 6 60 1 16 0 60 8 23 6 74 5 28 2 82 8 28 3 82 9 29 4 84 9 29 6 85 3 27 2 81 0 21 5 70 7 21 8 71 2 15 9 60 6 29 6 85 3 Average high C F 6 7 44 1 8 4 47 1 10 1 50 2 11 9 53 4 14 2 57 6 16 4 61 5 18 2 64 8 18 6 65 5 17 1 62 8 13 1 55 6 9 3 48 7 6 9 44 4 12 6 54 6 Daily mean C F 4 2 39 6 5 4 41 7 6 6 43 9 8 1 46 6 10 5 50 9 12 6 54 7 14 0 57 2 14 3 57 7 13 0 55 4 9 7 49 5 6 6 43 9 4 5 40 1 9 1 48 4 Average low C F 1 6 34 9 2 4 36 3 3 0 37 4 4 3 39 7 6 7 44 1 8 8 47 8 9 9 49 8 10 1 50 2 8 8 47 8 6 2 43 2 3 8 38 8 2 0 35 6 5 6 42 1 Record low C F 10 6 12 9 12 5 9 5 6 2 20 8 2 2 28 0 0 0 32 0 3 3 37 9 5 0 41 0 4 4 39 9 1 7 35 1 2 8 27 0 10 8 12 6 13 9 7 0 13 9 7 0 Average precipitation mm inches 193 1 7 60 142 2 5 60 108 8 4 28 75 6 2 98 44 7 1 76 28 6 1 13 21 0 0 83 26 5 1 04 54 8 2 16 121 3 4 78 213 0 8 39 197 2 7 76 1 226 8 48 31 Average rainfall mm inches 181 5 7 15 138 4 5 45 107 2 4 22 75 2 2 96 44 7 1 76 28 6 1 13 21 0 0 83 26 5 1 04 54 8 2 16 121 3 4 78 209 4 8 24 189 0 7 44 1 197 6 47 16 Average snowfall cm inches 11 7 4 6 3 9 1 5 1 6 0 6 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 1 3 8 2 3 2 29 2 11 4 Average precipitation days 0 2 mm 20 17 17 15 12 9 5 6 10 15 21 21 168Average rainy days 0 2 mm 18 16 17 15 12 9 5 6 10 15 20 20 163Average snowy days 0 2 cm 3 1 trace trace trace 0 0 0 0 0 trace 2 6Average relative humidity 84 83 81 82 83 87 86 85 83Source NOAA 7 Education EditSooke 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 The four elementary schools in the area are John Muir in the town s west end Sooke Elementary town centre the French immersion Ecole Poirier town centre and Saseenos Elementary east end In 2018 SD62 announced it would be building Sooke River Elementary in the Sunriver neighbourhood Continuing adult education programs are offered by the Edward Milne Community School EMCS Society which also operates with day evening and weekend programs The closest post secondary institutions are Royal Roads University and Camosun College s Interurban campus Neighbourhoods 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 LakeNeighbouring communities EditMetchosin East of Sooke East Sooke South of Sooke Otter Point West of SookePublications EditThe long established weekly newspaper is the Sooke News Mirror edited by Kevin Laird and one of more than 70 Black Press Media community papers in B C Notable residents EditCanadian poet novelist and playwright Marilyn Bowering lives in the Sooke area Bryce Soderberg bassist and vocalist for American rock band Lifehouse J Lee Thompson 1914 2002 British film director Cape Fear The Guns of Navarone died in Sooke References Edit British Columbia Regional Districts Municipalities Corporate Name Date of Incorporation and Postal Address XLS British Columbia Ministry of Communities Sport and Cultural Development Retrieved November 2 2014 a b Sooke District municipality Census subdivision British Columbia and Capital Regional district Census division British Columbia Statistics Canada January 23 2017 Retrieved February 8 2017 Census Profile 2016 Census Sooke District municipality Census subdivision British Columbia and British Columbia Province Statistic Canada Retrieved 2013 04 13 Census Profile 2016 Census Sooke District municipality Census subdivision British Columbia and British Columbia Province Statistics Canada Retrieved 2013 04 13 Mayor Maja Tait Retrieved 2021 07 10 Sooke British Columbia Koppen Climate Classification Weatherbase Weatherbase Retrieved 2019 07 10 Sooke 01018642 National Weather Station NOAA Retrieved July 10 2019 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Sooke British Columbia Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Sooke The District of Sooke municipal government website Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sooke amp oldid 1039636257, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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