Take a 1.1 kilometre walk along Whiffin Spit in Sooke, British Columbia. This natural sandy spit protects Sooke's inner harbour from the open ocean and provides spectacular views of the Juan de Fuca Strait, the Olympic Mountain range in Washington State and the village of Sooke. The trail ends at a white and green lighthouse established in 1906 which marks the entrance to the channel into Sooke habour.
Whiffin Spit was named for a clerk on the British Royal Navy ship "Herald" which surveyed the Sooke region in 1846. The narrow channel into Sooke Harbour was frequented by tall ships which would pick up loads of lumber to deliver to coastal settlements from the Muir Mill built by brothers John Junior, Robert & Michael Muir in 1855.
Whiffin Spit also attracts bird watchers from across British Columbia as it one of the region's most popular stops along the Pacific Flyaway for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. The crashing waves from the open ocean and Juan de Fuca Strait stir up an abundance of food and sea kelp, attracting a wide range of creatures from sea otters to birds.
Located adjacent to Quimper Park, Whiffin Spit is a interesting and scenic walk. Seasonally, there are much to discover along this narrow strip of sandy land. In Spring, the high tides leave less than two meters of land, narrowing the spit considerably. As well, in Spring and Autumn the migration sees thousands of birds stopping along the Spit to rest during their journey along the Pacific Flyaway. Also, in Winter, storms offer spectacular viewing opportunities. It is advisable to stay off the spit as the turbulent ocean can be extremely dangerous. Be sure to bring a jacket - even on sunny days the wind can be quite brisk as the Spit is located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and there is little vegetation.
Be sure to take a walk along Whiffin Spit Park when visiting Sooke, a scenic locale on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Whiffin Spit | Sooke, British Columbia | Vancouver IslandWhiffin Spit is located at the end of Whiffen Spit Road at Sea Lion Way.
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