Sooke Regional Museum Green Space

Sooke Regional Museum Green Space is in the seaside community of Sooke, one of thirteen communities that form the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The large red and white light house is the distinct marker of this one and a half hectares green space. The Triangle Island light house was dismantled in nineteen twenty and relocated to these unique grounds in two thousand and four as a donation from the Canadian Coast Guard. The grounds also host a visitor’s center with a gift shop and gallery building which is a terrific place to shop and soak up the history of the area. There are several shops and the Moss cottage as well as BBQ and picnic areas. Machinery such as a steam donkey yarder and a flowline oven can be found here as well as washrooms. Several tall Douglas fir trees shade the green space which has been landscaped with local plantings. The areas are shown on the map below.

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The Triangle Island lighthouse’s cast iron and glass dome was original placed about six hundred and fifty hundred feet above sea level. Triangle Island is located about forty-five kilometer north of Vancouver Island. It is a small island at one hundred and nineteen hectares and is now a nature sanctuary and part of the Larz and Cox (Scott Islands) Provincial Park and Ecological Reserves. Its light cast with the first order Fresnel lens could be seen nearly fifty miles, if it was a clear day. The lighthouse remained on Triangle Island for about nine years during which incredible conditions were tolerated by the four light house keepers. More information can be seen on the light house friend’s webpage.

The visitor’s center, gift shop and gallery building provides an useful and excellent source for information about the West Coast of Southern Vancouver Island. There are maps, books, art works and many historical and cultural connections to be found here. Unique and one of a kind items can be found here. Visit the museum for recent information about accommodations, activities, attractions and places to enjoy.  Take a stroll through the historical and cultural display on the green space while you are here. The Moss Cottage was built by eighteen seventy by Mr. J Welsh near the Muir lands and moved to this green space in nineteen seventy seven. The building has four furnish rooms and a visit is necessary to take in the smells and sights of home life in the early nineteen hundreds. The local paper has a good article about the cottage.

Throup Stream settles into a lush wetlands behind the museum buildings. A rough gravel footpath from Sooke Road parallels Phillips Road into the Sunriver neighborhood. This footpath connects with the trails to Throup Park and Sunriver Nature Trail Park. Directly across Phillips Road from the lighthouse is a few history society signs and additional machinery as well as more parking places.

Geographic location N48º 23’ 3”  W123º 42’ 24”

Sooke Regional Museum Green Space can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway. Take the Langford Parkway exit and follow along to reach Sooke Road (Hwy 14). Follow highway 14 to Phillips Road. It is located at the intersection with the red and white light house. There is parking immediately on the left off of Phillips Road. Tour buses can park close to the Sooke Arena and Recreation Center. City buses travel along Sooke Road and Phillips Road.

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