Whiffen Spit is located at the end of Whiffen Spit Road just off of the main Sooke Road (take the first left just passed the Best Western Premier Hotel). The Spit extends way out into the mouth of Sooke harbour and helps to protect the inner basin. There is an extensive walk to get the light house at the end, appoximately a kilometre. The spit offers a natural sandy breakwater and is an easy flat walk along a strip of sand. The seaside trail offers hikers lovely views of Sooke, and the open waters of Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains in the background.
This well maintained park has a wide walkway with wooden benches on both sides where you can relax and take in the scenery. You have easy beach access on both sides and a lighthouse out at the end of the spit.
You’ll notice lots of local commercial fishing going on in the harbour. During low tide the marine life is exposed offering an abundance of food for the seagulls, herons and eagles. In the water river otters and seals forage for food as well as a chance to play and warm themselves on rocks.
The trail is well-groomed and a popular dog walking spot in Sooke. Locals enjoy spending their time on the trail and in the grassy area and around the stranded driftwood along the shore. It is usually windy at Whiffen Spit wearing a wind breaker or light coat is highly recommended.
Your hike starts at Quimper Park (where you park your vehicle) where you can view a memorial in recognition of the first European to visit the area. Enjoy the scenery and the hike!