Sooke Public Boat Launch

Birds of a Feather Marine EcoTours utlizes over 40 departure locations on Vancouver Island. In the greater Victoria area we typically depart from either Pedder Bay Marina in Metchosin, Brentwood Bay public docks at 899 Marchant Rd, Brentwood Bay, the Sooke Public Boat Launch 6933 West Coast Rd. in Sooke shown below, the Fleming Beach boat launch on 1101 Munro St. in Esquimalt, the inner harbour in downtown Victoria, or Tulista Park in Sidney approximately 20 minutes north of downtown Victoria.

Sooke has two boat launches literally next to each other. Our favourite shown here is owned and operated by the District of Sooke and is located literally at the Best Western Prestige hotel. The pay station machine is located to the left of the ramp, at the end of the utility building and accepts cash and credit cards.  Signage advises users of the ramp and boat launch parking spots. Tickets not displayed on your dash will result in parking tickets. In addition to the standard $10 launch/park ticket the machine also sells resident/non-resident annual passes which purchasers can bring to the municipal hall to exchange for the actual pass decal.

Sooke Public Boat Launch

Baby Orca breached!

The open air market on Salt Spring Island was a unique and fun experience. The arts and crafts stores in Ganges were a delight to discover. We enjoyed the fresh air, the natural scenery and the Dahl’s porpoises along the way. The ride back to Victoria was even more scenic as we boated through the channel and under the old wooden bridge between the Pender Islands. Going home the long way through the San Juans and around the bottom of San Juan Island was an excellent choice. We saw Orcas and a recently born baby orca breach out of the water! The boat is very comfortable and Dieter knows the waters like a seasoned mariner. We really appreciated having the zodiac all to ourselves and not being on any schedule. This was the best trip to Victoria ever! See you again next year for another adventure.