Clowning around A youngster enjoys clowning around while sticking his head through a cut out of swimmers which is at the Sooke Region Museum.

Clowning around A youngster enjoys clowning around while sticking his head through a cut out of swimmers which is at the Sooke Region Museum.

Really cheap thrills

A list of things to do in Sooke that cost nothing or very little

Things you can do for cheap in Sooke.

1. Go play a round at Sooke’s par three golf course- — Demamiel Creek on Throup Road. On Wednesday seniors  can play 18 for the  price of nine.

2. Go camping. Take the kids and head for the French Beach or Juan de Fuca campsites. Many beaches offer just tenting sites for those who choose to walk in. Check with BC Parks for full details or www.hellobc.com.

3. SEAPARC Leisure Centre has swimming and fitness programs for all ages. You can swim a lap or two or join a fitness program. Call SEAPARC for more information: 250-642-8000.

4. Play a game of billiards or pool at one of the establishments in and around Sooke. Buffy’s, the Royal Canadian Legion, and the 17 Mile Pub all have tables. Depending on the day it will cost you either nothing or $1 to $1.25 to chalk up your cue. There are also pool leagues in Sooke where you can compete with local pool sharks.

5. Take in a Sooke Folk Society coffee house performance for about $7 depending on the concert. Season begins in September and runs to the end of June.

6. Watch an awareness video on issues of societal concern. Wednesday’s once a month from September to June. Cost is by donation.

7.Take in a Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Concert for less than $20. Hear professional and semi-professional musicians perform the world’s greatest classical music. Go to www.sookephil.ca for more information.

8. Join a group or organization and learn something new. Some groups have a small yearly membership fee. Volunteer and help others. www.sookeregionresources.com/sooke-region-volunteer-centre.

9. Sing your heart out in a choir. Sooke boasts a number of choirs where you can raise your voice in song. There is a choir for every age group.

10. Get out on the water and learn to sail a long boat with a group of avid old salts. Contact the Edward Milne Community School program office at 250-642-6371.