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Season Of Romance Package

Season Of Romance Package

Spend one of the most romantic evenings possible on Vancouver Island!

Our ‘Season of Romance’ includes our world-renowned freshly prepared 4-course Dining Menu for 2 in our own Sooke Harbour House Restaurant with west coast views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains!

Starting from: $519.00 + taxes

  • Some restrictions apply
  • This offer only available on new online reservations
  • Prices may vary for weekend, or holiday bookings
  • Please note our restaurant is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

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Celebrate Love 2015

honeymoon-couple-300x403Celebrate Love 2015

Celebrate the love in your life with our timeless romantic seaside location! We are offering a fantastic package that includes dining in our world-renowned restaurant with the freshest local ingredients; wine-pairing suggestions from our wine-cellars; suites with breathtaking ocean views; seaside spa services; and a variety of westcoast adventures to spice up your getaway!

  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Freshly prepared Breakfast served each morning
  • A $50 dining credit each night in our world-renowned Sooke Harbour House restaurant

Your Romance Welcome check-in includes:

  • a bottle of sparkling wine from our wine-cellars,
  • Sooke Harbour House Cheese plate and
  • a Tray of melt-your-heart chocolate Truffles from our Chef
  • Some restrictions apply
  • This offer only available on new online reservations
  • Prices may vary for weekend, or holiday bookings
  • This package is available any 2 consecutive nights.  Starting at $365.00 per night + taxes
  • Please note our restaurant is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday evening

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Lifetime Achievement Award from Vancouver Magazine

2015-03-22_1247Sooke Harbour House Hotel Owners Sinclair and Frederique Philip Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Vancouver Magazine

Sooke Harbour House owners, Sinclair and Frederique Philip, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Vancouver Magazine’s 21st Annual Restaurant Awards, along with the award for Best Restaurant on Vancouver Island. The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 18th, at the Sheraton Wall Center in Vancouver.

“Long before the 100-Mile Diet, before Bishops and Ocean Wise and the word ‘locavore,’ there was Sooke Harbour House,” says Christina Burridge from Vancouver Magazine, and while regional cuisine is now garnering much media attention, “every proponent of regional dining owes a debt to the locavore granddaddy Sooke Harbour House.”

“Sooke Harbour House has been celebrated by everyone from Condé Nast Traveler to Wine Spectator, and has drawn discerning guests from around the world, but it’s the Philips’ three decades of infusing visitors, chefs, and staff with their knowledge of place that has helped define West Coast food and earned them this award,” says Burridge.

For the Philips, serving seasonal, regional foods at Sooke Harbour House was never about being in vogue.

“In 1979, when we started to serve local food, we had no idea that eating regionally and seasonally would become as popular as it is today,” says Sinclair Philip.

“When we opened, we simply thought, with such an abundance of high quality regional ingredients, why would we need to bring in foods from anywhere else? We weren’t trying to start a trend, it was just common sense, and also the way we used to eat when we lived in rural France.”

Over the past 31 years, almost all of the food served at the Sooke Harbour House has come from its own certified organic gardens and farm, local area farms in Sooke and Metchosin, and the ocean around their doorstep.

“We still have some of the same suppliers we have worked with for the past 31 years,” says Mr. Philip.

“We have established a regular supply of free range lamb from across Sooke Bay at Silver Spray Farm, local rabbits, Tamworth pigs, suckling kid, Vancouver Island bison, pastured Cowichan Bay chicken, and we serve rare breed animals from our area.” On top of this, “we were perhaps the first restaurant in Canada to make widespread use of edible flowers, grown outdoors, twelve months of the year,” he adds.

Over these 31 years, the Philips and their team at Sooke Harbour House have learned to work with roughly twenty different types of local seaweeds and large numbers of indigenous plants, berries, wild herbs and mushrooms.

The Philips have always tried to showcase the best foods from Vancouver Island.

“From the very beginning, we realized that it is important to support the production of small scale, artisan cheeses from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. I even have a cheese named after me; that is St. Clair, from Hilary’s Cheese. We can now serve sheep, cow, goat and water buffalo cheeses most months of the year so why would we bring in cheese from the outside?”

“We have also worked to sustain local wines, spirits, ciders and vinegars, as well as meads from Tugwell Creek Meadery and Honey Farm in Sooke.”

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award also marks the 21st consecutive year that the Sooke Harbour House Hotel has received the award from Vancouver Magazine as Best Vancouver Island Restaurant. The Philips credit much of this to their staff at the Sooke Harbour House.

Frederique Philip says, “I am very proud that our kitchen team has once again been honoured with this distinction for their hard and consistent work. It is very hard to maintain this level of quality day in and day out and I really admire them for their ongoing creativity and consistency. It is a pleasure to work with artisans who come up with new dishes that reflect the rhythms of the seasons, and who respect the intrinsic nature of the ingredients from our certified organic gardens and the sea nearby. We have been very fortunate over the last thirty years to have been able to work with such outstanding people.”

To contact Sinclair Philip please call 250-642-3421 ext. 203 or email sinclair@sookeharbourhouse.com. To contact Frederique Philip please call 250-642-3421 ext. 308 or email frederique@sookeharbourhouse.com. Website: www.sookeharbourhouse.com

Ira Hoffecker

DSC_0001-new-300x170Ira Hoffecker is a visual artist from Germany who lives and works in Victoria, B.C.
She is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Ira’s work is represented by seven galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Washington State.
Her paintings are informed by cities’ identities; she is interested in urban alterations: both historical and contemporary. The geometric shapes inherent in architecture and the maps relating to architectural form provide my compositional language. Her work examines the relationships between people and cities by responding to reconstruction and restoration in the urban landscape.
She has had solo and duo exhibitions at The Front Gallery in Edmonton, Axis Contemporary Art in Calgary, Dales Gallery in Victoria, The Gallery at Matticks in Victoria and group exhibitions at Granville Fine Art Gallery in Vancouver and Sopa Fine Arts in Kelowna.

Ira’s painting BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ received the Juror’s Award at the juried Sooke Fine Art Show 2012, and another $ 1000 Award at the juried Painting On The Edge 2012 Exhibition in Vancouver.
She studied art at the Vancouver Island School of Art and will gain her Diploma of Fine Arts in May 2013 and is simultaneously taking art history courses at Emily Carr University in Vancouver.

Travel + Leisure 500 Best Hotels in the World

travel-and-leisure-worlds-best-image-298x300We are very proud to announce that we are again among the 500 Best Hotels in the world for 2013!

Congratulations to every one of the other hotels in Canada especially in British Columbia, it is an honour for us to be among such fantastic properties.

Congratulations to all of you dear members of our great staff, suppliers, foragers, and especially every one of you our great supporters you our guests!

We wish you the most healthy and prosperous year 2013,

From all of us at Sooke Harbour House

Glen Henderson

Salmon-300x200Glen Henderson is a Port Alberni wildlife wood carver and stone sculptor.  Born in 1961 and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba, he learned to appreciate nature while growing up surrounded by the beauty of the Precambrian Shield.  His father is credited with teaching him patience and taking great pride in workmanship.  These two traits are apparent when studying one of Glen’s carvings or sculptures.

Glen’s pieces reflect his love of wildlife; creating three dimensional, free form pieces designed to capture the animals at a specific moment in time.  Attention to detail is evident in his work.  His inspiration comes from nature itself, whether it’s a crab on the beach or a trout in a stream.


Exotic hardwoods from around the world, in addition to some local species, are transformed into creatures showcasing natural wood grains and colours.  Stone sculptures are created from soapstone, alabaster, and other interesting rock such as locally sourced granite and talc.





Sandy Terry

Awakening-BlazeSM-225x300Sandy Terry is an award – winning West Coast artist, Sandy Terry, draws inspiration form the abundant natural beauty of British Columbia. She is drawn to capture the simple elegance in the curve of a leaf, subtle shifts in color and the radiance of light as it interacts with form, all in a moment in time.

Dramatically representational, with loosely flowing brushwork and richly layered pigment to achieve greater depth, her vibrant renderings embody the essence of splendor and grace in Nature’s timeless canvas.

Her work is in private collections in Canada and the United States.




Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards – Sooke Harbour House second Best Hotel in Canada

travel-and-leisure-worlds-best-image-298x300Sooke Harbour House is Rated # 2 Best Resort in Canada by Travel + Leisure

It is always with excitement we wait to read the Readers Poll results in Travel + Leisure Magazine! Wow placing second in Canada after the Famous Wickinnannish Inn is fantastic and this award all goes to our incredible and talented staff. I never say it enough but without them it would be impossible!

Thank you also to you our great guests, you have supported us, given us  your constructive comments, ideas and kind support for the last 33 years in good times and in difficult times, thank you.

Very sincerely,

Frederique, Sinclair and everyone of us at Sooke Harbour House

Wildly West Coast with a shining sun …….

Famous Food Critic Joanne Kates on the CBC and Sooke Harbour House!

I remember the first time we read the article Joanne Kates wrote about our restaurant mentioning it was ” the best restaurant in Canada”. This was quite a few years back, so imagine our surprise when we started receiving phone calls yesterday from guests, friends saying that Joanne Kates mentioned our restaurant as one of the restaurant she would like to eat again being one of the best with Michael Stadtlander farm restaurant in Ontario. What an honour to hear such praises from such a recognized  food critic, this time  not believing it the same way we felt  the first time because we didn’t know that Joanne Kates had been in our restaurant !  Thank you Mrs Kates, it warms our hearts. Your praises belongs to all of our chefs, sous chefs and cooks that we have had the pleasure to work with in the past thirty three years. We  will continue to do our best to provide pleasure and excite taste buds and all the senses of our dear patrons.


Frederique Philip

1,000 Places to See Before You Die By Patricia Schultz

1,000 Places to See Before You Die By Patricia Schultz

Sooke Harbour House, British Columbia,  on page  920

Generally the fragility of our life is something we are aware of but don’t talk about,” Schultz continues. “The title was meant to be forceful. With travel, people wait until they retire or until the kids leave. And by then, it’s too late. You wake up and you are 90. There is only one thing we are assured of in life, it’s that you will die. This encourages you to squeeze in as much travel as you can before you kick the proverbial bucket.”

Schultz decided to only include entries in the book for places she had been, which meant years of travel and research

Schultz says she hopes that her work can shift American attitudes towards travel. With the economy still weak and workers concerned about their job security, taking vacation time can feel risky or excessive. But, Schultz says, we only have one life, and it is worth using it to see the world.

“If you really want it to happen, you make it happen. You don’t need a new flat screen every two years. You don’t need new car every ten years. People lock themselves into routines, and what they end up seeing of the world is so small and limited.  I think its about priorities. I can’t tell you how many times I rented out my apartment, sometimes for two weeks or a month at a time. I did not have a sofa for years, because I was never home to sit on it. My priority was to buy an air ticket to get me almost anywhere. If you do your homework, there’s no reason you can’t find a cheap hotel and make inexpensive trips happen.”

Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2011/12/13/1000-places-to-see-before-you-die-traveling-to-stay-alive/#ixzz1p8vN1DRS



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