The Gardens at Sooke Harbour House ’1979
“Now that everyone gushes about their three month-old hobby garden, it’s easy to forget that, when Sinclair and Frederique Philip first served guests homegrown tomatoes in their fledgling inn, they were starting a revolution in food”
as seen in the December issue of Western Living Magazine, 40th Anniversary Issue featuring the 40 Most Important People, Places & Things.
In 1979 when we bought the small Bed & Breakfast that Sooke Harbour House was we never dreamed that we were starting a “food revolution”, we just wanted to showcase what our West coast place on Vancouver Island had best to offer. It was our idea of the most natural simple thing to do, eat seasonally and locally and purchase what we couldn’t grow in our gardens from local farmers, artisans and foragers. As we lived at Sooke Harbour House (in the basement!) it was also the only way we wanted to raise and feed our family. Thirty two years later we still have the same philosophy and have been blessed with having strong relationships with wonderful passionate food providers.