As you have likely already figured out, Sooke is in the rainforest. While this means that the temperate climate keeps away the big snow dumps of winter and the high heat of the summer that are found in most of Canada, and the lush green foliage is perpetually present, it also means that it rains a lot. A lot. But fear not, the rain is not only picturesque, but also offers an opportunity for some downtime, indoor time, and sometimes some catch up on sleep time—think afternoon naps to the soundtrack of rain on your roof. So, while the rain waters your garden and washes away the dirt from the sidewalk, roads, and your car, here are a few things that you can do that will keep you dry.
1. Dine out
Sometimes it’s great to have someone else cook for you! Sooke is home to a plethora of great places for you to eat, so you won’t have to lift a finger—except to bring the fork to your mouth. Perhaps enjoy dinner at Wild Mountain, Point No Point, or West Coast Grill where they offer local, West Coast cuisine. You could also have some dessert at Shirley Delicious, a treat at Little Vienna Bakery Café & Marketplace, or a rainy day could offer a great excuse to meet a friend for an afternoon coffee at The Stick In The Mud Coffee House or Serious Coffee Sooke.
2. Get some culture
The Sooke Region Museum always has something going on for you to discover. Get to know the history of the region through First Nation artifacts, photographs, and displays, including dioramas and scale models. Check out 18th century clothing, weavings, carvings, quilting, and pioneer artifacts. There’s even a blacksmith’s shop and lighthouse to explore!
3. Go for a tasting
Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery, British Colombia’s first meadery, is located in Sooke. With a rich history of bee keeping and mead making, use the rain as an opportunity to pick Master Beekeeper Robert Liptrot’s brain about his craft and passion for bees. Also, don’t forget to taste his wares.
4. Discover storm watching
For storm watch enthusiasts and photographers alike, there’s no need to head to Tofino to capture the breathtaking power of mother nature. The Sooke Region has some well-exposed areas that will give you an awe-inspiring opportunity to view the massive waves, choppy seas, and cloud formations during a storm. Places like Point No Point restaurant provide a sheltered option for you to view the adverse weather in all its glory, and from a safe distance.
5. Host a game night or dinner party
One of the great benefits to living in Sooke is that you were likely able to afford a home that you want to spend time in. Connect with your family, friends, or neighbours by hosting a fun indoor game night—think classic board games, digital games, or even just a good old-fashioned game of charades. You could also host a meal or take the opportunity to have everyone cook together in your kitchen and trade recipes and techniques. Any way you slice it, avoiding the rain while connecting with others is a sure-fire mood booster!
So, when it’s drab and rainy out, fill your belly or your soul with any of these or other great opportunities that Sooke has to offer. I’m sure you won’t even notice the rain.