2070 Phillips Road Sooke, BC
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Through the centuries, nature has shaped the people and the history of the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. Presentation of this fascinating story, where the rainforest meets the sea, is the mission of the Sooke Region Museum. Within the museum’s exhibit galleries, highlights of the region’s history and culture are presented through First Nations artifacts, historic photographs, dioramas, displays and scale models, depicting both momentous occasions and the day to day life in the history of the region. Fine items of clothing from the 18th century, weavings, quiltings and carvings, pioneer artifacts, displays of exploration, natural history, early schools, churches, farming, forestry, mining for gold, and harvesting the bounty from the sea – these items and more compete for the attention of the beholder. Wandering the museum’s grounds will invite the visitor to view a series of outdoor exhibits, starting with the Polemaker’s Shack, the Lord Western Exhibit, and a round of Sitka spruce, with rings indicating more than one thousand years of growth of a Douglas-fir. There is the blacksmith shop, which has volunteers demonstrating their craft; there is the donkey engine yarder from the 1920s, and a pavilion showcasing an array of machinery, a Model T Ford, equipment used in farming, forestry, the fishtraps industry and general pioneer living on the west coast

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