Point-No-Point resort on the Southwest coast of Vancouver Island offers a true taste of the Pacific Northwest we natives grew up with and cherish. Perched high on bluffs above the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the spacious, well appointed, cabins exude rustic charm, modern amenities and jaw-dropping views across the marine environment south to the U.S. Olympic Peninsula. Set in tall evergreens, each cabin offers privacy, a wood-burning fireplace, and a deck to soak in the view – with some having a hot tub to – soak in. The cabins’ kitchens make it practical to cook, but plan at least one ‘splurge’ meal in the dining room, if not for the fine food then for the spectacular view of the ocean waves crashing against the base of the cliff far below.
The resort has been family owned and run since the early ‘50s. The staff is friendly and helpful. Great for families. Generations of loyal customers book vacations here year-after-year, so plan your visit well ahead and book early.
There is a wealth of outdoor activities on Vancouver Island. The Sooke area is particularly famous for its world-class saltwater fishing, tide pool exploring on the rugged beaches, and hiking on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. The latter is 47 km long, with four trail heads at the major beach sites it connects. Some of the beaches are accessible only by steep trails from atop headlands. For beach exploring, refer to the local tide tables and time your excursion for low tide. Bring a cheap pair of ‘old school’ rubber boots to the beach as your high-tech hikers or low-tech sneakers will not withstand the inevitable soaking and most beaches are too rough for going barefoot. (Not to mention the sting and potential infection from stepping on the venomous spines of a sea urchin tucked into the rocks is one travel experience best avoided.)
The weather is generally temperate year-round, but mid-October through March can bring massive weather fronts that make this a storm-watcher’s heaven in winter. If you look closely in the Sooke area, you will still see remnants from a storm of biblical proportions a few years back. (A couple of years ago, we climbed a tree in a local provincial park to lunch at a steel-and-wood picnic table that was flooded from its moorings and storm-tossed into the branches.) Being at the northern end of the world’s largest remaining temperate rain forest, one can expect ‘marine’ (misty and overcast) weather much of the year. Don’t be discouraged by this, as rainfall is generally mild. Late July through early October is the best bet for sunshine. If the weather is truly too inclement to venture outdoors, you will have the opportunity to discover one of the true treats of the Pacific Northwest – while surrounded by insurmountable natural beauty, you can choose to do nothing more than to curl up for hours with a good book in front of the fire while sipping a favorite beverage. You can tell your friends you opted out of the exertion of that planned hike because ‘the weather was too lousy’.
You can expect a most relaxing vacation experience any time of year, embraced by natural beauty, and housed in comfort.
- Also Known As:
- Point-No-Point Hotel Sooke
- Point-No-Point Resort Sooke, Vancouver Island