Sooke

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District of Sooke [1]
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Sooke (Capital Regional District)
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Sooke
Location of Sooke within British Columbia
Coordinates: 48°22′34″N123°44′16″W / 48.37611°N 123.73778°W / 48.37611; -123.73778 Coordinates: 48°22′34″N123°44′16″W / 48.37611°N 123.73778°W / 48.37611; -123.73778
CountryCanada
Province British Columbia
Regional district Capital
IncorporatedDecember 7, 1999
Government
  MayorMaja Tait
  CouncillorsJeff Bateman, Al Beddows, Dana Lajeunesse, Megan McMath, Kevin Pearson, Tony St-Pierre.
Area
[2]
  Total56.62 km2 (21.86 sq mi)
Elevation
50 m (160 ft)
Population
 (2021) [2]
  Total15,086
  Density229.6/km2 (595/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−8 (PST)
  Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Forward sortation area
V9Z
Highways 14
Waterways Strait of Juan de Fuca
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Sooke /sk/ is a district municipality on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada, 38 kilometres (24 mi) 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. It is a regional centre for residents in neighbouring communities, including Otter Point, Shirley and Jordan River.

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Tourism and recreation

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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, which offers brochures, flat maps and in-person advice on how best to enjoy the region. 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. Mystic Beach was rated as one of the world's Top-50 beaches in 2022.

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

The vibrant arts community is represented by the annual Sooke Fine Arts Show (established in 1987), which is renowned as Vancouver Island's premier such exhibition and attracts thousands 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 Arts Council plays a large role in fostering art in the region and showcases local artists at its Church Road gallery space.

Real estate

In April of 2022, an average single-family home in Sooke costs $887,500 based on the home price index, drawing from data from the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB). [3] By June of 2022, that number (directly from VREB) increased to $938,000. [4] The average home value as of July 1, 2022 as determined by BC Assessment was $831,000.

Demographics

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Sooke had a population of 15,086 living in 6,129 of its 6,431 total private dwellings, a change of

Ethnicity

Canada 2016 Census Population % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source: [6]
Chinese 140
South Asian 65
Black 35
Filipino 75
Latin American 20
Southeast Asian 25
Arab 10
West Asian 0
Korean 0
Japanese 50
Other visible minority30
Mixed visible minority15
Total visible minority population465
Aboriginal group
Source: [7]
First Nations 805
Métis 410
Inuit 0
Total Aboriginal population1,120
White 12,430
Total population13,001100%

Religion

According to the 2021 census, religious groups in Sooke included: [8]

Politics

The District of Sooke was incorporated as a municipality in December, 1999. It is part of the Capital Regional District.

Municipal

Sooke is governed by a mayor and six councilors, who are elected every four years. The current council was elected on Oct. 15, 2022. [9]

Mayor Maja Tait [10]

Councillor Al Beddows

Councillor Dana Lajeunesse

Councillor Jeff Bateman

Councillor Megan McMath

Councillor Tony St-Pierre

Councillor Kevin Pearson

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.

Climate

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. [11]

Climate data for Sooke (Park-Isle Marine), elevation: 32 m or 105 ft, 1967-1990 normals and extremes
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
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)201717151295610152121168
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm)181617151295610152020163
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm)31tracetracetrace00000trace26
Average relative humidity (%)848381828387868583
Source: NOAA [12]

Education

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.

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Publications

Notable residents

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