Photos of the Sooke area- people, places and natural scenery. Galloping Goose Trail, ocean and lakes, small critters and flying feathered things!
The little 1/4 inch pink catapiller was found in August munching on a basil plant in Sooke. It is a soft looking little catapiller, all alone on a balcony with no way to walk there, so it must have hatched from an egg deposited by a flying critter. Anyone having an ID on the little guy, please send an email to identify. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Driving along the Sooke Highway on a misty morning
Take a look at maps and how to get here
Above: close up of the mountains taken in April of 2004- two of the three
most prominent peaks as seen from Sooke.
Come back for more photos as the season rolls on - does the snow ever melt?
Tourism Photo File of Sooke
on Vancouver Island,
The Southern Vancouver Island area is home to many unique and different animals, insects, butterflies and moths. Recently identified as a rare type of plumed moth! Yes, it seems moths can have "feathers".....
Beluga whale blowing bubbles!
(We know this is not a photo taken in Sooke, but the Vancouver Aquarium is a "local attraction" if you are from Europe or Asia.)
|The waters around Sooke, the Sooke Harbour and the Strait of Juan de Fuca are home to seals. As the photo on the right shows, these mamals have large canine teeth and should be approaced with care!||
The Sooke Harbour is also home to dolphins which come up to local docks to play.
Can't see the forest for the trees? Take a closer look at this random dot stereogram
Here is another Sooke Landmark -
Village Food Markets marched in the 2003 Third Annual Sooke Christmas Parade
Annual Christmas Parade - more photos
Village Food Markets - find out more
Winter Along the Sooke Galloping Goose Trail
Top left: a raven sits atop a tree, and a Stellar Jay perches in an Arbutus tree. The Arbutus tree is a broad leaf evergreen. (Birdwatching tours on Vancouver Island)
Top right: the dried up seeds of a climbing vine puff like snowballs and an early morning stroll down the Galloping Goose Trail shows icicles dripping from the moss.
Lower right: this bright yellow growth on an old piece of wood
lends color to an otherwise drab terrain. Anyone know what it is?
Bottom middle: snow on wild rose hips.
Bottom left: Pampus grass blows in the cool winter breeze.
Kerr speaks to Sooke's "Mayor Ed" and his wife Linda at the December
Christmas Parade 2002
SLIDE SHOW of SOOKE- scenery, people & events and wildlife!
foliage along the trail
November 2002 - A walk along the Galloping Goose Trail from Vetch Creek to Sooke Road has an amazing foliage even in November!
Top left: Arbutus berries, you can see the band tailed
dove eating these ripe berries.
Middle- lichen on the steep rock lining the
Sooke City Town Pole
2002- Summer Flowers found along the Galloping Goose Trail
Our best bet it is "Camassia esculenta(quamash)"
Thank you to those that have sent in an ID for this, and you can read more about it at the following links.
The "Town Pole" in Evergreen Mall is the center of many events.
Photo from 2001 - Above
This was the location for the "All Sooke Day" logging sports event. "All Sooke Day" has not been held since 2002, although there is a Logging Sports Demo at Canada Day.
Sooke River Campground 2007-
Venue for the Canada Day Celebration, Bluegrass Festival, and other community events.
Photo taken Sept 30, 2001 on the western shore of the Sooke River at the Sooke River Campground.
Locals refer to this area of the River as "The Flats" because it is prone to flooding during the rainy season.
This campground is the venue for events such as the famous All Sooke Day, and the annual Canada Day Celebration on July 1.
It is also the place where the Sooke Philharmonic played in 2002, and the location for the Bluegrass Festival.
|The same area of Sooke River in the winter with a light dusting of snow. Some Geese winter over in the usually mild winter.|
Sooke River Bridge with a bit of snow.|
On the Sooke side of the the river is the Sooke River Hotel
26, 2002 |
View towards Sooke from the Galloping Goose Trail between Gillespie and Roche Cove
Wharf in Sooke|
Photo taken in September 2001 as the fog is rolling in.
Sooke District City Hall
Community Hall on Eustace Road accross the street from the Legion
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Photos of Past Events in Sooke
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