Have you considered, or have you done, a staycation in Sooke? In these last few weeks of summer (and weather that promises to continue into the fall), there’s still soooo much to do in Sooke. Our list appears below the government blurb. Please add your insights in the comments at the bottom!
The following was published by the BC Government’s tourism website:
The tourism sector is having an excellent year and it’s not surprising that many British Columbians are choosing to staycation and enjoy the spectacular tourism experiences in their own backyards.
Staycations can give British Columbians a chance to enjoy the province’s world-class travel experiences first-hand. The low Canadian dollar adds incentive for British Columbians to get out and explore their community, region and province. Staycations are also a good way to keep your vacation dollars circulating in B.C.’s economy. By visiting regional events and venues, you’re not only supporting local businesses, you’re also helping sustain important jobs in the tourism sector.
Tourism is a key sector in the BC Jobs Plan and an important economic driver in the province. B.C.’s tourism sector is strong and growing. In 2014, 4.65 million international travellers came to B.C., a 5.3% increase and nearly a quarter million more visitors than we welcomed in 2013. As well, the tourism sector employed 132,000 British Columbians, almost 1 in every 15 jobs in B.C. in 2013. The sector has more than 19,200 tourism-related businesses and paid out $4.5 billion in wages and salaries to tourism workers in 2013 – an increase of 3.8% over the year before.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]If a Sooke staycation is on your radar, here are just a few things that Sooke PocketNews recommends
- Whale watching (follow Love Sooke on FB to get a glimpse through her lens)
- Horse back riding
- Hikes and picnics at regional and provincial parks
- Dining anywhere in Sooke
- Events in Sooke (as listed in our Calendar)
- Good Times Dance
- Open Mic featuring the Castaways (see poster)
- Magickal Weirdness (see poster)
- Sooke Market (Saturdays)
- Sooke Night Market (Thursdays)
- Shirley Market
- Fire Ball (Sept)
- Family picnicS
- Anything at SEAPARC
- Free tennis (really! Check out the Recreation page at Sooke.org here!)
Is there anything you’d like to suggest?
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Resources
- Original government press release
- Whale watching via Love Sooke on Facebook
- SPN Calendar
- Visiting Parks (BC Gov site)
- Playground in Sooke
- Photographs from Daryn Sherlow on SPN
- More photographs from Dary Sherlow
Anything else to suggest? Comment on our Facebook page, or leave your comments below.