Top 5 Beaches Near Sooke

With over 4,000 kilometres of coastline, Vancouver Island’s West Coast offers a large number of beaches and inlets to explore. These dreamy must-visit beach destinations prove why the west coast is definitely the best coast.

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Botanical Beach

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Image Courtesy of Gavin Hardcastle

Rather than spending the day laid out in the coastal sun, get access to rich tide pools and shoreline trails at Botanical Beach. Here you will find a variety of marine flora and fauna in this intertidal zone as well as starfish, sea urchins, mussels, and anemones. It is best to visit during low tide for best viewing of these tidal pools.

China Beach

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Image Courtesy of Sooke Tourism

Nestled away roughly 15 to 20 minutes from the trailhead, this beach is a spectacular spot for family outings. The fine sand of China Beach is ideal for picnicking, building sandcastles, wading in the water and relaxing. If you take a short walk to the most western end of the beach, you will find a magical waterfall.

East Sooke Provincial Park

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True West Coast Wilderness awaits you at East Sooke Regional Park. With more rocks than sand, you can still find a place to lay your towel and soak in the sun. With three access points at Aylard Farm, Anderson Cove and Pike Road, you can experience something different each time you visit.

French Beach Provincial Park

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Image Courtesy of Tourism Sooke

With expansive views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, you will enjoy the pebbled and sandy shores of French Beach. Take a cool dip in the ocean, enjoy a picnic on the wide swatch of green lawn behind the beach, take in the roaming pods of resident killer whales or simply sit and enjoy the sunset as along coastal day comes to a close.

Mystic Beach

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Image Courtesy of Sooke Tourism

To access Mystic Beach, you’ll have to follow a winding trail, cross a suspension bridge, and climb over log ladders. But, when you arrive after completing a fun 45-minute hike, you’ll understand how this beach got its name. While Mystic Beach is more secluded than other beaches on this list, the tranquillity of these pebbled shores is unparalleled. While soaking in the beautiful vistas, you might even see hikers passing by the beach starting their multi-day hike along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.

While not all beaches are sand and surf, they will give you a taste of the beauty and true ruggedness of the West Coast. Whether you’re looking to spend your days walking along the shore, surfing a huge swell, or exploring the sea life that flourishes in tide pools, SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort offers a number of accommodation options perfect for your getaway