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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



Marilyn Stubbs Cooney AFCA

Before moving to British Columbia, Cooney resided in Ontario, where her first experiences were as an art and music teacher. Cooney’s skills were applied as a graphic artist employed in the greeting and decorating industry. Shealso freelanced as a graphic artist for a company in Quebec and a company in Belgium where her work is available in Europe, Asia and North America. Cooney later opened a successful studio/gallery which was ongoing until her move west. As an artist, Cooney incorporates her graphic skill to produce meticulously explicit watercolours showing the viewer a microscopic intimacy with natural form.

“Holding On” dye on silk on canvas $780.00






Maureen Walker AFCA

I am excited by exploring beyond the established boundaries of traditional silk painting techniques and researching the possiblities of this challenging medium.  My innovative use of silk and dye on canvas is leading me to experiment with multi-layered paintings whose subtle interaction of colours, harmony of volumes, planes and lines generates work which are abstract statements existing on their own terms, but outside the confines of prescribed limites.

“Head 2 Head x 20” dye on silk on canvas $2,150.00


“The Egg, The Nest And The Bird With Lemons” dye on silk on canvas $674.00


Maureen Walker is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a former president of the Arrowsmith Chapter FCA, a member of the Nanaimo Chapter FCA and of the International Society of Experimental Artists.


“Rose Continuum VIII” dye on silk $2,510.00

Patty Patching

Patty Patching moved to this area from the prairies to do her Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Victoria.   Afterwards she continued her study of Art by becoming a Registered Art Therapist.   She paints because it feels good!  In this series of paintings Patty took her inspiration from the flow of life so visible on the West Coast…the ebb and flood of tides, lush vegetation, and the thirst quenching rainfalls.

“Moments to Rest” medium Gouache $325.00 CAD






“Summer Spray” medium Gouache $200.00 CAD


Being true and present to the muse of the moment, her work celebrates the spontaneity and abundance of nature.   She paints with intuition, like a bird builds a nest, one stroke fitting into another until it feels just right!

“Spiral Dance” medium Gouache $200.00 CAD

Carollyne Yardley

Raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Carollyne Yardley completed two years in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and is a graduate of the University of Victoria, where she completed a double major in Psychology and History in Art. Most recently, she has taken art classes at the Victoria College of Art and studied with Tony Ryder at The Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Tropical Girl Squirrel & Gnome” Oil on Canvas $1,800.00 CAD


Since 1997, she has been the founder, business owner and creative director of a software application & web development company which provided her with a strong foundation in the visual communications industry.

“I view art and design as a process of thinking, creating, problem-solving, and communicating,” says Carollyne.

She cites a wide, ecclectic range of influences that inspire her work—not just Dali, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Pop Surrealism, Raphael, Ingres and Norman Rockwell, but also Lucille Ball, Elaine from Seinfeld, Wonder Woman, Elvis Presley, and helicopter rides.

In September 2010, Carollyne launched her new business as a visual artist, and began to remove the mask of technology to emerge as her true self, standing with her hands on her hips, yelling and laughing at the squirrels in her yard.

She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband.

Morel Mushrooms in Our Kitchen

Our Chef,  Robin Jackson is sharing some excitement about great wild , fresh ingredients he gets to work with.

Sharon Bussard Grove Pottery

Sharon Bussard Grove was born in Lethbridge, Alberta.  Her first experience with clay was ingrained as a child diligently playing in her Grandmothers studio.  Mid life she returned to her passion for clay while residing in Tsawwassen.  In 1994 She became an active member of the pottery community with the Delta Potters Association and began her career as a fulltime potter.  Two thousand and three marked a transition period, after moving to Sooke she spent the following four winters away at school, first at in Ontario at Sheridan College of Art and Design then completing her BFA majoring in Ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design.  As a ceramic artist she views her practice as a journey, thankfully one that will never stop being a learning process and filled with challenges. 


Her inspiration comes from life, often imbued with the textures, forms and colors of the landscape that surrounds her.  As her body of work has progressed decorative and design elements have become more abstract and ephemeral creating the spiritual essence of an idea, image or feeling.

Bussard Grove’s studio is tucked away in the Sooke hills at the edge of the forest overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca.  “How can I not be inspired living and working here”

Sharon’s work has been shown internationally and is a part of the permanent ceramics collection at the ceramic Arts Museum in  Jingdezhen, Sanbao, China.





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