The bear at the Visitor’s Centre has a little bit more shelter from the rain these days. (Tim Collins/Soooke News Mirror)

The bear at the Visitor’s Centre has a little bit more shelter from the rain these days. (Tim Collins/Soooke News Mirror)

Sooke Visitor Centre bear gets a little shelter

Wet weather gear in place while bear gets a facelift

Kody, the eight-foot, wooden statue of a bear that graces the entrance to the Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre appeared to have donned wet weather gear on Thursday during our decidedly moist start to November.

But Montana Stanley, Collections and Exhibits Manager for the Centre explained that it’s not a lack of West Coast toughness that has the bear clad in tarps and plastic.

“It’s actually a project of Sooke Program for the Arts, funded by the Lions Club,” explained Stanley.

“Some of the mosaics on the bear had fallen off and he’s had those mosaics repaired and he’s been repainted. We just need to shelter him a little until it’s all done and dry.”

For his part, the bear doesn’t seem to mind the extra shelter.