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Sooke, British Columbia

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[Sooke, British Columbia]
from Sooke municipal website, contributed by Ivan Sache

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Sooke is a municipality located in the southern point of Vancouver island, in British Columbia. It is even the southern-most municipality of British Columbia. Sooke has a large and protected harbour and basin connected to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which separated Vancouver island from the state of Washington (USA). The municipality was incorporated on 7 December 1999.

The municipal flag of Snook is quartered per saltire red and yellow. In each red triangle is placed a yellow tool, maybe a woodcutter or shipwright's tool. In each yellow triangle is placed a red fish, most probably a salmon, which seems to be very common in Sooke.
Ivan Sache, 11 February 2004

The symbols of fishing and logging are appropriate to many towns on the BC coast, and the symbolism and colours may pay tribute to the native peoples. See also T'souke Nation

The population is 8735 (2001 census) with around 3550 people in outlying areas (East Sooke, Shirley, and Jordan River) that have debated joining with the District of Sooke. The area is 49 km2. The town is much older than 1999, but was only incorporated as a District in 1999. Southern Vancouver Island has gone against the Canadian trend of incorporating smaller districts into "mega-cities"; instead, several districts around Victoria were newly incorporated in the '90s.
Dean McGee, 13 February 2004