Category Archives: Sooke

Lovely Seaside Dining at Point No Point Resort near Sooke, B.C.

Smoked albacore tuna salad at Point No Point Resort, west of Sooke, B.C.

Smoked albacore tuna salad at Point No Point Resort, west of Sooke, B.C.

How’s this for a perfect lunch experience? At Point No Point Resort, west of Sooke, B.C. on southern Vancouver Island, there’s great food, of course. It starts, perhaps, with a bowl of chowder ($7) packed with clams and rockfish, followed by a smoked albacore tuna salad ($14) or an enormous quesadilla ($12) featuring an unusual filling of squash, edamame beans, pumpkin seeds and melted aged cheddar.

But it’s hard to keep your eyes focused on the meal when nearly every table in this charming old house is a window seat overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Is that a pod of orca whales cutting through the distant waves? Just pick up the binoculars stationed at every table and scan the waters below.

It's hard to concentrate on lunch when there's orca whales swimming in the strait

It’s hard to concentrate on lunch when there’s orca whales swimming in the strait

Finish your stay with a walk down through salt-sprayed forest to an ocean bay on Point no Point’s private trails, open to luncheon diners.

How about a post-lunch walk down to a private beach?

How about a post-lunch walk down to a private beach?

Point No Point Resort
10829 West Coast Road, Shirley, B.C.
Lunch available to non guests 11:30 am-3:30 pm
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For a more laid-back dining experience, head to Shirley Delicious Café, just down the road in a colourful little building with a garden out front and cheerful owners Phillip and Sheena and staff inside. Try a roasted leek sandwich or a breakfast burrito and latte before going on a seaside stroll in nearby French Beach Provincial Park.

Shirley Delicious Cafe
2794 Sheringham Point Road, Shirley, B.C.
Daily 8 am-5 pm
Shirley Delicious on Urbanspoon

Beautiful B.C. Coast Road Trip

A dusky sunset along Vancouver's Jericho Beach.

A dusky sunset along Vancouver’s Jericho Beach.

Here are some photos from a great summer road trip to B.C.’s coast, including Vancouver Island and its satellite Gulf Islands. Blog posts on specific great eateries along the way will commence next week.

At Vancouver's Jericho Beach, the sand is just across the water from the downtown skyline

At Vancouver’s Jericho Beach, the sand is just across the water from the downtown skyline

Filling growlers at Vancouver's Brassneck Brewery

Filling growlers at Vancouver’s Brassneck Brewery

Brassneck Brewery co-owner Conrad Gmoser.

Brassneck Brewery co-owner Conrad Gmoser

The guys behind uber-cool Timbertrain Coffee Roasters in downtown Vancouver

The guys behind uber-cool Timbertrain Coffee Roasters in downtown Vancouver

Coffee and a muffin at Terra Breads in Vancouver's Olympic Village

Coffee and a muffin at Terra Breads in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

At Stick in the Mud coffee-house, in Sooke on Vancouver Island, these friendly, caffeinated guys are anything but that

At Stick in the Mud coffee-house, in Sooke on Vancouver Island, these friendly, caffeinated guys are anything but that

Stick in the Mud owner with a vintage sculpture

Stick in the Mud owner with a vintage sculpture

Bear sign near Sooke, B.C.

Bear sign near Sooke, B.C.

In lieu of a Mayne Island taxi service in perfect Gulf Island lingo

In lieu of a Mayne Island taxi service—in perfect Gulf Island lingo

Exploring tide pools on Salt Spring Island

Exploring tide pools on Salt Spring Island

I've always seen "Closed" signs on stores. But on Salt Spring Island, "Shut" was all the rage

I’ve always seen “Closed” signs on stores and restaurants. But on Salt Spring Island, “Shut” was all the rage

Smokin Tuna Cafe in Sooke, B.C.: Blankets Included

Hard to beat this harbour view at Smokin Tuna Cafe in Sooke, B.C.

Hard to beat this harbour view at Smokin Tuna Cafe in Sooke, B.C.

Here’s a guest post from my friend Judy. As always, I’m happy to publish fellow road trippers’ experiences at memorable eateries.

Jacob and I were visiting the Sooke area on Vancouver Island.  We had just finished hiking the coast trail in East Sooke Provincial Park and decided to take the advice of our B & B landlady and visit the Smokin Tuna Cafe, just a short drive from the end of the trail.  We passed through an RV campground of fisher folk to find the Smokin Tuna on the waterfront looking out towards the docks.

The restaurant is in a small, rickety shack facing the water.  We opted to sit outside on the veranda to watch the fishermen arriving with their catch of salmon.  We were even treated to the antics of river otters scavenging the fish innards tossed in the water!  We snacked on a fabulous appetizer of hot fresh salmon in filo pastry and watched the sun go down.  The temperature dropped with the sun and our waitress showed up with blankets!  Gotta like that!

We both decided on the signature entre of pan-seared tuna.  It was thick, perfectly prepared, and absolutely delicious.

Perfectly seared tuna

Perfectly seared tuna

I think the whole meal, including wine for me, was about $35 for both of us.  Not bad at all.

We met the chef/owner on the way out.  A young guy who was cheerful and friendly.  A great spot!

Smokin Tuna Cafe
241 Becher Bay Road, Sooke, B.C.
Friday to Monday 11 am-9 pm, Wednesday 11 am-4 pm, Thursday 11 am-12 am. Closed Tuesday
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