A Romantic Getaway on BC's Wild West Coast
Sooke, Southern Vancouver Island
The dramatic west coast: a view from
Possession Point, approximately 10 minutes
from Madrona Cottage, one of the many
romantic and scenic spots in the area.
The rocky shores of East Sooke is one of the most relaxing and
romantic places in Canada. Blessed with natural, stunning beauty,
southern Vancouver Island makes for an ideal
romantic getaway where the rainforest meets the ocean. And Madrona Cottage
offers front row seats to the spectacular scenery of coastal
Located just 20 minutes outside of suburban Victoria, this
oceanfront paradise is a quiet escape from life's daily pressures.
Getting away from it all is closer than you may think.
The cottage is located in the rural community of East Sooke
which is situated on a large peninsula overlooking the sheltered
waters of the Sooke Basin. The temperate rainforest blankets the
hilly terrain, enveloping the land in green all the way to the
water's edge. Just off shore, the sacred Goodrich and Noname
Islands rise in majestic solitude.
Madrona Cottage, a self-catering Sooke
vacation rental, is located on an oceanfront acreage
and offers an oasis from a hectic modern life. The cottage
is only 40 minutes from downtown Victoria so you can enjoy
the 'big city' conveniences before escaping to your private
romantic hideaway just outside of town. You'll feel like it's
a whole new world, where the only sounds you hear are the
birds and the wind whispering through the trees.
The cottage offers a cozy respite for two. Fall asleep
watching the twinkling lights of cars along the distant
shore. The stars seem brighter and the nights darker
here. Wake to the pristine beauty of the Sooke Basin.
If you need a bit of adventure, it's easy to stay
active on and off the water:
- Take an easy stroll on the many coastal walking trails of
East Sooke Park, only 5 minutes away from the cottage.
- Venture out to the more challenging rainforest hikes in
the mountains of East Sooke Park (we call 800' hills "mountains"
- Enjoy an oceanside sunset from the forested walking trails
of the Galloping Goose. Bikes are allowed too.
- Spend an afternoon whale-watching. Local tour companies
will take you on the Juan de Fuca Strait to view Orcas and
- Discover some of the largest Douglas fir and Arbutus trees
in the Victoria area in Roche Cove Regional Park
(10 minutes away from the cottage).
- Relax on the uncrowded rocky shores and watch the ships
head to and from Vancouver and Seattle. On the rare occasion,
you may even see US submarines surfacing.
- Experience the calm beauty of the Sooke Basin from the
water on a guided kayak tour. This is a perfect place for
- Take a swim in the warm freshwater lake in
Matheson Lake Regional Park.
- View thousands of birds and ancient trees in Witty's
Lagoon Regional Park.
- Treat yourselves to an entire day on a fishing charter
in the Juan de Fuca Strait.
- Rent a motor boat or sailboat and discover the sheltered
waters of the Sooke Basin. If you're adventurous, head past
Whiffin Spit to the open Pacific Ocean.
- Go for a treetop zip-line adventure at Adrena Line (10
minutes away from the cottage).
- Take a scenic drive along the windy, rural roads through
towering rainforests and along rocky coastal shores.
- Enjoy fine dining at the Smokin' Tuna Cafe,
casual dining at Stickleback or 17 Mile Pub, or home cooking
at Mom's Cafe.
- See the attractions in nearby Victoria and then return
to the seclusion and romance of your private oceanfront retreat.
There are endless opportunities for adventure and natural
beauty in the area. From Madrona Cottage, you'll be in
the center of action for all things natural.
When to Visit
Southern Vancouver Island has the mildest climate in Canada.
The best time for a romantic getaway to East Sooke is in the
spring and fall when the forests are teaming with migrating
birds. In the fall, the autumn foliage is in full color and
the silence is interrupted by only the crunching of leaves
underfoot. The Sooke Basin is teeming with salmon in September
and October, returning to spawn in the local tributaries.
The winters are rainy but the cozy cottage will keep
you warm and snug.
Vancouver (Tsawwassen ferry terminal) to Victoria (Swartz Bay terminal)
- Take a 1.5 hour ferry ride from the mainland through the Gulf Islands.
East Sooke is only 1 hour away along the scenic, curvy roads that hug
the rugged coast of southern Vancouver Island.
Seattle to Victoria
- High-speed ferries take you from downtown
to downtown in 2.5 hours. Enjoy the expansive views of Puget Sound, the
Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic mountains. Arrive at the Inner Harbour
in Victoria and experience the cosmopolitan attractions before escaping
to quiet peacefulness of East Sooke, 40 minutes away.
Victoria has an international airport with regular scheduled flights
from destinations across Canada and the US.