As the first flakes of snow fly across BC, our ski bunnies are getting excited, but what about our snowbirds? Over the course of this year, we have all experienced so many changes and now as winter approaches, there is one more. An estimated 350,000 Canadians typically travel to warmer climes each winter, but with COVID-19 still affecting travel and borders, many are looking for a new plan. With the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke, BC, we may have found the answer.
The city with the least amount of snow in all of Canada is, hands down, Victoria, BC. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, residents experience just 7 days of snow on average. That’s right, 7 days total! Temperatures between November – March average around +8ºC. When we compare to some of our Easterly or Northern neighbours, this area gives a great opportunity for winter escape – for a weekend or a season.
The Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke is located just 50 minutes from downtown Victoria, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The resort features breathtaking ocean and mountain views, and many room types (including kitchenettes) which would be perfect for long term stays! Prestige Hotels & Resorts is currently offering a “Snowbirds Special” offering 30% off your entire stay of two or more nights. This landscape offers a wonderful escape for anyone searching for a reprieve from the heavy snowfall and low temperatures of the prairies and beyond!
In Sooke, guests can plan for plenty of adventure, with year-round access to beaches, parks, and biking pathways. The sand at China Beach always makes for an enjoyable stroll, interspersed with some tidepool exploration. One nearby park with plenty of character is East Sooke Park – hike through the rainforest and along the rugged West Coast beside the Pacific Ocean – a great locale for winter storm watching! The Galloping Goose trail is a 60 km long trail which passes through Sooke and continues all the way into downtown Victoria, a biker’s (or long-distance runner’s) dream!
Another way to get out and explore would be to take part in some winter salmon or halibut fishing with Reel Excitement based in Sooke. These guides know the best spots for fishing, and the most scenic views along the West Coast. You will be sure to make a great catch and see local wildlife – what a treat!
After all that adventuring, it might be time to slow down and relax. Take advantage of the pool, hot tub, or on-site spa at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort. Le Sooke Spa offers a multitude of services and packages including massage, manicures, pedicures, and facials. When booking your stay at the resort online, make sure to take advantage of our current add on ($40 for a $50 spa credit)!
From Sooke, Victoria makes for an exciting day trip. There is plenty to do in our province’s capital including some of the best museums, art galleries, and restaurants. The Royal BC Museum is open year-round, and guests can easily spend a full day learning about local indigenous culture, native plants, and some of BC’s history. Also on site is the IMAX theatre, a truly immersive experience! Stop by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to view installations of Canadian historical art alongside Asian inspired works and more contemporary pieces. Victoria offers an incredible mix of restaurants with amazing local fare alongside inspiration from Europe, and Asia. You’re sure to find something to meet your taste, and once you do, you could even join a local cooking class to take new recipes and skills home with you – what a wonderful memory from Vancouver Island!
Of course, after a day of adventuring around the area, you might want to grab a bite once your return to the resort. The Prestige Oceanfront Resort offers two year-round dining options. West Coast Grill features a diverse mix of local ingredients, offering delectable and fresh culinary creations to suit every appetite. Whether you are having an after-dinner drink with friends, or a dinner meeting with colleagues, you will find an abundance of savory meals and carefully selected wines to choose from. If you’re eager to catch the game, make sure to check out The Vault, Sooke’s only sports-themed lounge. A fun and lively atmosphere, big-screen TVs, delicious upscale pub food, and friendly service make this the place to be every night!
If you’re ready to escape the snow this winter, you know where to go! Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a month-long escape, the Prestige Oceanfront Resort is sure to impress. Please call directly to inquire about rates, packages, and long term stay options. We look forward to welcoming you at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort and sharing this hidden BC gem.
Did you know…?
Booking directly with Prestige (by phone, email, or on our website) provides a lot of extra perks compared to using one of the big online travel websites… and don’t worry – you won’t pay extra!
We are committed to offering the same rates on our website as you will find elsewhere online. If for some reason you do happen to find a lower rate elsewhere online, just give us a call, tell us where you found it, and we will gladly match it!
In addition to price-matching, the following perks are even more reason to book direct with Prestige:
- Receive a more personalized, hassle-free booking experience. We’ll be able to advise you on what room type will suit your needs best, and we’ll be able to make special notes within your guest profile to ensure you receive everything you’ve requested.
- You’ll be eligible to receive Prestige Rewards or Aeroplan Miles when you book direct! Unlike travelers who book on another site, you will earn points or Aeroplan Miles on every stay.
- Guests who book direct are more likely to be upgraded into a larger room, or one with a better view. It’s just another way we reward our direct-bookers.
- Need to cancel your stay? It’s so much easier if you booked direct! Simply give the hotel a call, and it’s done. No hoops to jump through or additional website companies to contact.
So the next time you stay, be sure to book on our website or call us at 1-87-PRESTIGE and take advantage of all the perks that you’re entitled to.