Why choose the Sooke area for your next fishing
experience? I'll tell you some of the reasons why! The largest
chinook salmon from Vancouver Island waters are caught here consistently,
the longest summer season for trophy chinook salmon, many non-fishing
activities to enjoy, a trip the wives will enjoy while you fish
and the easiest prime fishing area to travel to in B.C. Sooke
is located 45 minutes from downtown Victoria, an hour from the
Victoria airport and an hour and ten minutes from the Sidney ferry
terminals. Whether you are travelling from Alberta, Vancouver,
Seattle or the southern states you can get here quickly and spend
more time doing what you enjoy doing...catching fish!!!
There are many ways to jump across from the
lower mainland to Vancouver Island. If you are driving there are
3 separate companies operating car and passenger ferries on 4
different routes to Vancouver Island. Ferry routes include departures
from Port Angeles or Anacortes Washington and from Tsawwassen
or West Vancouver in British Columbia.
Ferries (Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay)
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Gulf Islands and Active Pass
The most convenient and most popular with hourly
(7am till 9pm) sailings during the summer months and every 2 hours
off season is B.C. Ferries. B.C. Ferries operates the largest
vessels that can carry up to 470 vehicles and 2,100 passengers.
Ferries boast a buffet style restaurant, cafeteria, coffee bar,
vending, gift shop, staterooms, video arcades and work stations.
Routes to the Island depart from either Tsawwassen near the US
border (20 minutes from Blaine Washington and just off Interstate
#5) and arrive at Swartz Bay just 30 minutes from Victoria or
they depart Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver and arrive in Nanaimo.
Both routes are 1 1/2 hours sailing time. The Tsawwassen to Swartz
Bay is the most scenic route as you transit through the Gulf Islands
and Active Pass. (pictured on this page) Check out the B.C. Ferry
website for complete details!
For a small fee you can call ahead and make a reservation (preferred
sailing) and guarantee your spot on a sailing. You will be required
to arrive at the terminal at least 30 minutes prior to loading.
Ferry (Port Angeles to Victoria) A car and passenger ferry
connecting Port Angeles Washington with downtown Victoria. A year
round service with 2 daily sailings during the off season and
4 sailings daily during the summer. (May 16-Sept.30) Crossing
time is about 95 minutes. You should plan on arriving at the terminal
well in advance of sailing times to ensure getting aboard the
sailing of your choice.
State Ferries (Anacortes to Sidney) A car and passenger
ferry service connecting Vancouver Island from Anacortes Washington.
This ferry departs Anacortes Washington and stops on several of
the San Juan Islands before reaching Sidney on Vancouver Island.
Crossing time is just over 2 hours and sailings are once per day
during the off season and twice daily during the summer. This
ferry carries 160 vehicles and can carry 2500 passengers. On-board
facilities include an upper deck galley, restrooms and an elevator.
You should plan on arriving at the terminal well in advance of
sailing times to ensure getting aboard the sailing of your choice.