CFB Esquimalt Victoria Canada
Camping Highlights Vancouver Island BC

 

 
BIKING HIKING HIGHLIGHTS
DAY USE PARKS and TRAILS
Victoria and Vancouver Island BC Canada
DALLAS ROAD SEASIDE WALKWAY
DALLAS ROAD SEASIDE WALKWAY
Victoria's scenic oceanfront walkway follows Dallas Road and stretches from the Ogden Point Breakwater to Ross Bay and includes Mile 0, Holland Point Park, Beacon Hill Park, and Clover Point Park.
Inner Harbour Walkway Victoria  Vancouver Island BC
INNER HARBOUR WALKWAY VICTORIA BC
From Butchart Gardens to Thunderbird Park, Victoria is often called the City of Gardens for good reason. Stroll through seaside parks and walkway's which encompass almost all of the Victoria shoreline from Esquimalt and the Victoria Inner Harbour to Beacon Hill Park.
Odgen Point Breakwater Victoria BC
OGDEN POINT BREAKWATER VICTORIA BC
Located at the start of the scenic Dallas Road waterfront walkway Ogden Point is a deep water port currently operated by the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.
Mount Douglas Park Victoria Vancouver Island BC
MOUNT DOUGLAS PARK VICTORIA BC
360º lookout, with views of rural Saanich, the Gulf Islands and Victoria. Mount Douglas Park can also be access from Victoria via the Galloping Goose and the Lochside Regional Trail.
Lochside Trail Vancouver Island BC Canada
LOCHSIDE REGIONAL TRAIL
An old railway line which has been converted into a recreational trail from Sidney to Victoria where it joins with the Galloping Goose Trail. Creating a trail system which extends from Swartz Bay to the Sooke Basin on the south western coast of Vancouver Island.
Galloping Goose Trail Vancouver Island BC
GALLOPING GOOSE TRAIL
Galloping Goose Regional Trail stretches from Sooke to downtown Victoria where it joins with the Lochside Regional Trail. Along the way it passes by Thetis Lake, through Matheson Lake and skirts the Sooke Potholes.
Fort Rodd Hill ParkVancouver Island BC Canada
FORT RODD HILL PARK
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site is great fun for kids and adults alike. Pinic in a park like setting of Garry oaks, Douglas-firs and warm sunny meadows.
ESQUIMALT LAGOON
Esquimalt Lagoon beach and estuary Ocean Boulevard Drive.
Hatley Castle
HATLEY CASTLE & GARDENS
Hatley Park is Canada's largest and most diverse National Historic Site. At the centre is a magnificent castle built in 1908 by former British Columbia Premier and coal baron, James Dunsmuir.
Elk Beaver Lake Regional Park, Vancouver Island BC
ELK-BEAVER LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Elk Lake joins with Beaver Lake to form Elk-Beaver Lake Regional Park. Well maintained trails encircle both lakes, hiking time approx. 2hrs.
Thetis Lake Vancouver Island BC
THETIS LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Consists of two joined lakes, Upper Thetis Lake and Lower Thetis Lake. One of the nicest park close to Victoria, excellent hiking and fishing all year round. Beautiful forested trails around both lakes with views of surrounding area from the summit.
Wittys Lagoon Park Vancouver Island BC
WITTY"S LAGOON REGIONAL PARK
Shallow tidal pools and warm sandy beachs...great spot for sun bathing and playing on the large open sand bars when the tide is out. Pleasant hikes through sunny forested trails, with wildlife viewing along the lagoon and the tidal flats.
 
Matheson Lake Park Vancouver Island BC
MATHESON LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Excellent swimming and fishing, trail incircles the entire Lake. Lots of nice winding trails and board walks on the north side of the lake, which meet up with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail in several places.
Mount Finlayson BC
MOUNT FINLAYSON
Views of Victoria, Bear Mountain and the Malahat Scenic Drive. Part of the Goldstream Provincial Park and Campgounds located a mere 16 km from downtown Victoria Vancouver Island via Trans Canada Highway 1.
Gowlland Todd Park Vancouver Island BC
GOWLLAND TOD PARK
Gowlland Tod Park offers more than 25 kilometers of trails and spectacular views. Posted signs give trail information. Malahat Viewpoint, Squally Reach and Jocelyn Hill viewpoints offer spectacular views of the Finlayson Arm Inlet and the Malahat Drive.
Mount Work Park
MOUNT WORK REGIONAL PARK
Mutli use day park with a mountain biking area and summit hiking trail. Great views of Victoria, the Saanich Inlet and Southern Vancouver Island.
Mount Baker USA and the Gulf Islands from the Malahat veiwpoint Vancouver Island BC
MALAHAT SCENIC DRIVE
A short 30 min drive from Victoria to the top of the Malahat (Highway 1) will reward you with views of the Saannich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands.
Holt Creek Trailhead Cowichan River Provincial Park
COWICHAN RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK
The Cowichan River Provincial Park recreation area has four main areas. The Holt Creek Trail Head, Stoltz Pool and Campgrounds, Maire Canyon, 66 Mile Trestle and Skutz Falls Trailhead.
Trans Canada Trail
TRANS CANADA TRAIL
The Vancouver Island portion of the Trans Canada Trail starts in Victoria traveling north where it connects to the mainland by ferry. The length of the trail is approximately 200 km and passes through scenic forest, mountain, coastal rural areas, and provincial parks.
Koksilah River Park Vancouver Island BC Canada
KOKSILAH RIVER PARK
Moss covered rocks and sandy pebbled spots during the summer, hike the rustic trails and enjoy the river viewscape. Nice little park.
East Sooke Park Vancouver Island BC
EAST SOOKE PARK
Wide open sunny fields and sandy beachs. East sooke Park is one of the largest regional parks on southern Vancouver Island. Close to Victoria the park offers causal beach picnicking to some serious hiking trails.
Sooke Potholes Vancouver Island BC
SOOKE POTHOLES
Waterfalls, clear pools and cool swimming. Great spot for picnicing on a hot summer day. Sooke Potholes can also be reached by parking at the Galloping Goose Trail access, approx. 3km before the park and a enjoyable 40 minute walk.
Whiffen Spit Park Sooke BC
WHIFFEN SPIT PARK SOOKE
Whiffen Spit extends way out into the mouth of the Sooke harbour and helps to portect the inner basin. The walk to the light house is longer than one might think at first glance, so make sure to carry a wind breaker. This is a great hike and well worth the side trip.
Sandcut Beach, Vancouver Island, BC
SANDCUT BEACH
In-between French Beach Provincial Park and Jordan River, 3km north of Point No Point you'll find Sandcut Beach. A short 10 min. hike on forested trail leads to a pebbled beach, sandstones waterfalls and nice views of the Olympic Mountians.
Juan De Fuca Park Vancouver Island BC Canada
JUAN DE FUCA PROVINCIAL PARK
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park extends from China Beach, just west of the community of Jordan River, to Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew. A mix of day use parks, overnight and wilderness camping sites. There are several main areas the China Beach Campground, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, the China Beach day-use area, Mystic Beach, Sombrio Beach and Botanical Beach.
Botanical Beach Park Vancouver Island BC Canada
BOTANICAL BEACH PROVINCAL PARK

Botanical Beach, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Port Renfrew, BC. Day use park, great drive up the southern west coast of Vancouver Island. About three hours dive each way so plan for time to explore. Well worth the drive.

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