walking to the beach

There are a lot of beaches to check out between Sooke and Port Renfrew.  To get to most of them you have to walk through beautiful forests (downhill all the way, some of the uphill walks on the way back were a killer on the thighs!).


Salal, an evergeen, is the most common shrub in the BC coastal area.  This was on the walk to China Beach.

trail between Botany Bay and Botanical Beach

Trail between Botany Bay and Botanical Beach.

walk to Sandcut Beach

Walking to Sandcut Beach

walking to beach at Orveas Bay

Sun streaming through the trees on the walk to the beach at Orveas Bay

Shirley Delicious

To get to Orveas Bay Resort you take a left turn at Shirley Delicious if you are coming from Sooke.  Shirley is the name of the district between Sooke and Jordan River, hence the name Shirley Delicious.  This little cafe is a gem. We passed by it several times before we stopped in and I’m so glad we did. The service was very friendly, the cappuccino was excellent, and my panini was really good (I love cheese and it came with melted brie, it was so good!) but I was too hungry to take a picture (we’d just finished a long walk to the Sheringham Point Lighthouse). If you ever find yourself on Vancouver Island and you’re near Sooke (it’s about a 20 minute drive with really nice scenery), make sure to stop here!

Shirley Deliciouscapuccino at Shirley Delicious Shirley Delicious character



You know you are having a relaxing vacation when….

I’ve seen hummingbirds before, of course.  But, added up, over the course of six days at Orveas Bay, hours were spent just watching three hummingbirds come and go at the feeder. I didn’t realize how entertaining they can be – they chased each other away from the feeder and around the yard and then would zoom back in for a quick feed.  Finally, I got a shot of one in a moment of stillness. What a pretty bird….

hummingbird profile



China Beach, Vancouver Island

These kids had such fun anticipating the waves and then running away from them, laughing the whole time.  The older girl never let go of their hands.  It was fun to watch.