Sooke Region Museum’s Archives houses some 8,000 historic photographs, and more than 6,000 historical documents and a range of newspaper clippings.
Collections of colour photographs document local flora and scenery, from beaches, to the trees of the rainforest, to wildflowers. Bound volumes contain original issues of the region’s local newspaper, The Sooke News Mirror, and its predecessor, The Grapevine, dating from the first issue in 1959. Genealogical charts record the origins and interconnections of many of the early families. A collection of early maps relay the geography and history of the area. A collection of tape recordings dating from the 1970s have captured the voices and stories of members of pioneer families and of elders of the T’Sou-ke and Pacheedaht Nations in an aural history of the area.
Since 1981 the Sooke Region Museum has hosted the region’s official Visitor Centre, part of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Arts Visitor Centre network. We serve visitors from around the world with inquiries in person, by mail, email and phone.