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

Whales, tall ship wreck and oceanside vineyards

the Crowther Family Boating Journal: Our Alaska cruise pulled in to Vancouver just after 7:30 am and by 11:30 we met up with Dieter. Our flight back home to Australia left the next day. With Dieter’s planning advice it all went like clockwork. We flew in to Ganges from the Vancouver harbour on a float plane with Salt Spring Island Air where Dieter met us. After enjoying an excellent lunch on Salt Spring we headed south through the Gulf Islands and stopped at the Saturna Island Vineyards to sample their wines and bought a few bottles. This oceanside vineyard reminded us of those back home in southern Australia near Melbourne. We also saw a tall ship wrecked on a reef near there. We passed through the San Juans where we spent an hour or so watching a super pod of Orcas. A large male breached completely out of the water just a few hundred yards from the boat. This is an experience we will never forget and recommend to anyone who loves the ocean and wildlife. Dieter dropped us off in Victoria right next to the West Coast Air float plane docks at 5:30 pm. By 7:00 pm we were back in our hotel in Vancouver! What a perfect day. This was the icing on our perfect week to the west coast. Thank you "Birds of a Feather". Next time we’ll be back to stay at your B&B in Victoria.