Elida Peers

SOOKE HISTORY: Grouse Nest

It’s hard to find a piece of real estate in our region with a history more fascinating and mysterious than Grouse Nest

SOOKE HISTORY: Motorcycles at Milne’s Landing

It was a focus point in the community, with the telegraph line in place in 1889, and later on, the telephone office.

Sooke’s sawmill was one of the most efficient in Canada

Sawmilling enterprise boomed in the Sooke and East Sooke region

SOOKE HISTORY: Girl Guides on the Beach

It’s unclear whether this particular photo was taken in 1926 or 1927.

SOOKE HISTORY: Jordan River Hotel

While Jordan River is perhaps mostly notable today for its wonderful surfing, it has seen a lot of history.

SOOKE HISTORY: Whiffin Spit named after Royal Navy clerk

In 1790, the entrance to the harbour had been named Puerto de Revilla Gigedo, for the Viceroy of Mexico.

Dentist’s office opened door in the Sooke region

In the 1970s the office was purchased by Sooke’s architect of that day, John Tregear, who rebuilt it on a concrete foundation

SOOKE HISTORY: A Romance story for Valentine’s

Katherine Muir and Arthur Harvey's honeymoon home in Sooke

Pioneer Earl Clark recognized

The eldest Clark brother Henry settled in Otter Point in 1886 on the land that descendants of his still hold.

SOOKE HISTORY: Our library once looked like this!

Sooke’s library service began with a “Bookmobile” which made regular trips to the region.

SOOKE HISTORY: Charters Winter Scene

This 1939 photo of the old Charters Hall gives an idea of what it was like to get around, mostly on foot, in winter.

SOOKE HISTORY: Sooke’s semi-alpine lakes

There were a number of cabins dotted amongst the lakeshores of Crabapple, Sheilds, Grassie and Peden lakes

SOOKE HISTORY: Thomas Tugwell

First arriving at Fort Victoria in 1858, Thomas Tugwell’s life was spent as an entrepreneur

SOOKE HISTORY: Shirley School

Shirley School was learning base for many pioneer families.

SOOKE HISTORY: Alice of Moss Cottage

Alice and Harry grew up surrounded by Muir and Welsh relatives as neighbours, and walked to attend Sooke School

SOOKE HISTORY: Bedspring Bridge was unforgettable experience

Historic span crossed Williams Creek in the upper San Juan Valley

Sooke History: 1920 crew takes road photo break

Local historian Elida Peers once again takes us back to Sooke's humble roots.

The B.C. premier who lived in Saseenos

For nine years, spanning from the Great Depression to the Second World War, Thomas Dufferin Pattullo was premier of B.C.

Sooke History: The roads to Port Renfrew

Road access to Port Renfrew via Shawnigan Lake Road opened up the secluded community to the rest of the world.

SOOKE HISTORY: View from Sooke School: 1940

Seventy-five years ago this was the view from Sooke School looking out to the water and towards Woodward Point.