HIKING, BIKING & WALKING TRAILS

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Victoria is one of the best cities in the world for it’s abundance of places to get out into nature whether it be on a bike … or your own two feet!

Here are some of the many, many great parks & trails for you to check out!

Biking in and around Victoria

You can pretty much bike on most all of the trails in Victoria, but here are some that are designed with biking in mind.  ** IF YOU DIDN’T BRING YOUR OWN BIKE … NOT TO WORRY!  CHECK OUT OUR PAGE WITH BIKE RENTALS INCLUDED.

  • The Flight Path - Victoria Int'l Airport Walking and Biking Trail, Visitor in Victoria

VICTORIA AIRPORT PATH

The Flight Path A 9.3km bike and walking trail around the airport.  Bring the whole family to explore this unique recreational facility! Located around the perimeter of the pastoral Victoria International Airport, come for a

HISTORIC KINSOL TRESTLE

For a unique biking or walking experience, I suggest you drive up to see the amazing century old Kinsol Trestle which is now part of the Trans Canada Trail.  It's about an hour's drive up

  • Galloping Goose Trail Sign

GALLOPING GOOSE AT SOOKE POTHOLES

A Short History of the 'Goose' Part of the Trans Canada Trail which traverses the country, the Galloping Goose and Peninsula Trails form one of the most picturesque trail systems in Canada. Dedicated in 1989,

  • Mountain biking

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN VICTORIA

Victoria has many mountain biking trails - from moderate to challenging.  Check out these ideas: WESTIN BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT Highlands Valley Loop This family­-friendly loop is perfect for the intermediate rider to get out and

  • Colquitz River Trail

COLQUITZ RIVER TRAIL

The Colquitz River Trail is perhaps one of Saanich's least-known public trails. Starting roughly at the western corner of Interurban Road and Burnside Road West, Colquitz River Trail was envisioned as early as 1967 and

  • E & N Trail

E&N RAIL TRAIL IN VICTORIA, BC

E & N Rail Trail - our newest Regional Trail! A new cycling and pedestrian trail is being constructed largely within the E&N rail corridor. It is being built in phases over a number of

LOCHSIDE TRAIL

The Lochside Trail begins at the 'switch bridge' where it connects to the Galloping Goose Trail and continues up the Saanich Peninsula to Sidney, BC.   Biking the Lochside Trail This picturesque multi–use

GALLOPING GOOSE TRAIL

Victoria is a biker's paradise!  Many streets have dedicated bike lanes so getting around town is fast and convenient. If you'd like something different - to get you out of downtown - this is a

  • pedicab in Victoria

BIKE TOURS IN VICTORIA, BC

There are several ways to tour around Victoria by bicycle or pedicab: Pedicabs Love the vantage point that being on a bicycle provides, but maybe don't want to break a sweat? Try a pedicab tour

Hiking/Walking in and around Victoria

These are trails right in the Greater Victoria area – within about a 20-minute drive or so.  Check the section below for some great trails a bit further afield – well worth the drive!

These trails range from flat, easy paths to more challenging climbs (but not technical rock climbing!).

Make sure you wear appropriate clothing & shoes – and it’s always advisible to bring water (and possibly snacks!).

*See post on City Parks for parks with playgrounds, beaches etc.*

  • Goldstream Trestle, victoria, bc

NIAGARA CANYON RAIL TRESTLE – A HIDDEN TREASURE

Hiking to the E&N Railway Trestle at Goldstream Provincial Park A very popular, hike in Goldstream Provincial Park is the trail up to the old railway bridge crossing high above the Niagara Canyon. The trestle

  • The Flight Path - Victoria Int'l Airport Walking and Biking Trail, Visitor in Victoria

VICTORIA AIRPORT PATH

The Flight Path A 9.3km bike and walking trail around the airport.  Bring the whole family to explore this unique recreational facility! Located around the perimeter of the pastoral Victoria International Airport, come for a

  • Coles Bay Regional Park, Victoria, BC, Visitor in Victoria, Parks in Victoria

COLES BAY REGIONAL PARK

A small park in a quiet neighborhood leading down to the Saanich Inlet - that's Coles Bay Regional Park! At just under 9 acres, this park is the perfect place for a short stroll, or

  • One of the Sculptures on Sidney Waterfront Walk, Sidney, BC Visitor in Victoria

SIDNEY WATERFRONT WALKWAY AND SCULPTURE WALK

When arriving and departing Victoria, BC either by air or a BC Ferry to the mainland, you'll pass by the quaint city of Sidney (or Sidney-by-the Sea).  I strongly urge you to make the short

  • Horth Hill Park, Victoria, BC, Visitor in Victoria

HORTH HILL REGIONAL PARK

After moving to Central Saanich recently I've enjoyed searching out new parks to walk and hike in the area. Today we explored a small-ish park (about 36 hectares/90 acres) in North Saanich called Horth

  • Mt. Work Regional Park, Victoria BC

MT. WORK REGIONAL PARK

Mount Work is one of the largest regional parks, and is the dominant hill on the horizon from many vantage points in Saanich, Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. This popular recreation spot offers a variety

  • Mt. Wells Regional Park, Victoria, BC

MOUNT WELLS REGIONAL PARK

Mount Wells is a 123-hectare wilderness park of second growth forest and fragile mossy rock outcrops with spectacular views of the region and stunning spring wildflowers. It is located on the edge of an immense

  • Horth Hill Regional Park in Victoria, BC

HORTH HILL REGIONAL PARK

Follow the summit trail of this hilltop (136m) park to enjoy wildflowers in the spring and spectacular views all year round. Features Panoramic views of Satellite Channel, the Saanich Peninsula, and the Gulf Islands A

  • Bear Hill Regional Park, Victoria, BC

BEAR HILL REGIONAL PARK

Bear Hill covers nearly 49 hectares of hilltop (220m) landscape, with some of the oldest rock on Vancouver Island and gentle forest trails. Features A profusion of wildflowers in the spring Mixed woodland of western

  • Albert Head Lagoon Regional Park looking towards the Olympic Peninsula Visitor in Victoria, YYJ

ALBERT HEAD LAGOON REGIONAL PARK

This small lagoon serves as a wildlife sanctuary and refuge for a variety of birds. Features A protected lagoon that attracts local ducks, geese and swans, as well as many varieties of migrating birds A

  • Lone Tree Hill Regional Park, Victoria, BC

LONE TREE HILL REGIONAL PARK

From the summit (364 m) of this small park, enjoy views of the Malahat, the Highlands, Victoria and the distant Olympic Mountains. Features Rare and beautiful plants nestled in steep, dry rock faces Bald eagles,

  • Mill Hill Regional Park in Victoria, BC

MILL HILL REGIONAL PARK

A little-known oasis of nature, this park exemplifies the exquisite beauty and ecological wealth of our region. Walk through cool woodland and climb to the summit (203m) for spectacular views. Features Delicate wildflowers and arbutus,

  • Mt. Doug Summit Victoria BC Linda Holland Visitor in Victoria

MT DOUGLAS (MT. DOUG) PARK

A very popular hiking spot as well as a magnificent view of Victoria can be found at Mt. Doug Park. Mount Douglas Park Mount Douglas Park has something for everyone With year-round activities and experiences,

  • View of Victoria from Mt. Tolmie

MT. TOLMIE – BREATHTAKING VIEWS!

Right in the heart of the city lies one of the most breath-taking views along with some of the most beautiful trails - that's Mt. Tolmie! I hadn't been there in some time and when

  • Mt. Doug Summit Victoria BC Linda Holland Visitor in Victoria

5 BEST OVERVIEWS OF VICTORIA

Victoria is a beautiful place and walking or driving around can certainly give you a flavor of the city.  But sometimes it's nice to get up high and get a larger view!  Here's some spots

  • looking at the harbour and the david foster path in Victoria, BC, Visitor in Victoria

5 BEST WALKS IN DOWNTOWN VICTORIA

Victoria, BC is a walking paradise.  There are so many great walks and so many interesting things to see, but here are my 5 picks for downtown Victoria.  There are many more - see the

  • view at Macaulay pt

MACAULAY POINT PARK

A hidden gem of a park that even most locals don't know about is Macaulay Point Park in the community of Esquimalt (Esk-kwi-malt) which is only a short drive from downtown Victoria. Indeed it's so

  • Colquitz River Trail

COLQUITZ RIVER TRAIL

The Colquitz River Trail is perhaps one of Saanich's least-known public trails. Starting roughly at the western corner of Interurban Road and Burnside Road West, Colquitz River Trail was envisioned as early as 1967 and

  • Swan Lake Logo

SWAN LAKE CHRISTMAS HILL NATURE SANCTUARY

Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary This park consists of two distinct areas:  marshy lowlands surrounding Swan Lake; and the rocky, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. The 12,000 year-old-lake is a rich habitat for a variety

  • E & N Trail

E&N RAIL TRAIL IN VICTORIA, BC

E & N Rail Trail - our newest Regional Trail! A new cycling and pedestrian trail is being constructed largely within the E&N rail corridor. It is being built in phases over a number of

  • francis king regional

FRANCIS/KING REGIONAL PARK

This park is an ideal place for visitors of all abilities to explore nature. Features Eleven kilometres of gentle woodland trails Spring wildflower meadows A nature centre and meeting room The Elsie King Trail, a

  • Beaver Lake

ELK LAKE/BEAVER LAKE REGIONAL PARK

Elk Lake and Beaver Lake are 2 'conjoined' lakes located just off the Pat Bay Hwy. in Saanich.  (See map below) This is one of my favorite walks.  You can walk completely around the 2

  • Diabled Access Victoria

Disability Access in Victoria, BC

Victoria strives to be a destination that is accessible to everyone. There are many things to do and places to see that are easily accessible to people of all disabilities. By law, all Canadian transportation

  • gowland tod provincial park

GOWLLAND TOD PROVINCIAL PARK

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park View from Gowlland Tod Trail provides excellent day-use recreation opportunities for hiking, nature appreciation and picnicking. More than 25 kilometres of trails, varying in degree of difficulty, offer spectacular

LOCHSIDE TRAIL

The Lochside Trail begins at the 'switch bridge' where it connects to the Galloping Goose Trail and continues up the Saanich Peninsula to Sidney, BC.   Biking the Lochside Trail This picturesque multi–use

GALLOPING GOOSE TRAIL

Victoria is a biker's paradise!  Many streets have dedicated bike lanes so getting around town is fast and convenient. If you'd like something different - to get you out of downtown - this is a

  • Tod Inlet-gowland tod park Visitor in Victoria

TOD INLET – A HIDDEN GEM

Tod Inlet in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park One of our favourite spots in Victoria is tucked in behind Butchart Gardens where thousands of people visit every year but have no idea that this hidden gem

  • Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

DOMINION ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY

Also known as the "Centre of the Universe", the observatory was closed to the public in 2013 due to financial constraints.** History The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, located on Observatory Hill, in Saanich, British Columbia, was

Hiking/Walking outside of the city

These are generally either regional or provincial parks.  Many lead to either a lake, the ocean or stunning views.  Some are more strenuous than others, please read the post to decide if you want to/are able to tackle it or not.

  • One of the Sculptures on Sidney Waterfront Walk, Sidney, BC Visitor in Victoria

SIDNEY WATERFRONT WALKWAY AND SCULPTURE WALK

When arriving and departing Victoria, BC either by air or a BC Ferry to the mainland, you'll pass by the quaint city of Sidney (or Sidney-by-the Sea).  I strongly urge you to make the short

HISTORIC KINSOL TRESTLE

For a unique biking or walking experience, I suggest you drive up to see the amazing century old Kinsol Trestle which is now part of the Trans Canada Trail.  It's about an hour's drive up

  • Horth Hill Park, Victoria, BC, Visitor in Victoria

HORTH HILL REGIONAL PARK

After moving to Central Saanich recently I've enjoyed searching out new parks to walk and hike in the area. Today we explored a small-ish park (about 36 hectares/90 acres) in North Saanich called Horth

  • Sooke Potholes, BC

SOOKE POTHOLES PARKS

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park provides access to the series of deep, polished rock pools and potholes carved naturally into the bedrock of the Sooke River. This area is a favourite day-use destination for many local

  • West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, BC

WEST COAST TRAIL

One of the best hikes on Vancouver Island is the West Coast Trail. This is not a trail to be taken lightly - it's not a Sunday afternoon type of hike.  This is a major

  • Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew, BC Visitor in Victoria

JUAN DE FUCA PROVINCIAL PARK – BOTANICAL BEACH

When visiting Victoria, a really nice day trip is out to Port Renfrew - there you'll find a wonderful place to explore at low tide - Botanical Beach.  Click HERE for a link to tide

  • East Point, Saturna Island, BC

Gulf Islands Get Away – Saturna Island

A SATURNA ISLAND DAY TRIP While you're in Victoria, you should definitely think about exploring some of the Gulf Islands.  If you want a quiet, outdoorsy get away, Saturna Island is probably your choice.  With

  • Pebble Beach at Devonian Regional Park Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria

DEVONIAN REGIONAL PARK

Devonian Park Entrance and parking lot This great - tho small - park is about a 40-minute drive from Victoria and well worth it! Features include a gentle walking trail through mixed woodland

  • Matheson Lake

MATHESON LAKE REGIONAL PARK

Matheson Lake On a hot summer day, Matheson Lake is a perfect place to enjoy a refreshing dip and a picnic at the sandy beach area.  It's quite small, but nice. In any season, hikers

  • goldstream park

GOLDSTREAM PROVINCIAL PARK

Massive trees, majestic waterfalls, a meandering river that meets the sea, flowers, birds and fascinating fish are but a few of the attractions that draw people to Goldstream Provincial Park, a mere 16 km from

  • Thetis Lake

THETIS LAKE REGIONAL PARK

This regional conservation area was established as Canada's first nature sanctuary in 1958. The park offers outdoor activities in a natural setting. Thetis overview  Features Swamp and lake ecosystems for nature study Delicate

  • witty's lagoon parking

WITTY’S LAGOON REGIONAL PARK

Just a bit out of town ... located in the community of Metchosin ... is a beautiful gem of a park called Witty's Lagoon. Explore and Discover Beach at Witty's Lagoon Begin your

  • Hatley Castle

HATLEY CASTLE

HATLEY PARK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AND ... A MOVIE STAR! Hatley Castle James Dunsmuir commissioned Samuel Maclure, a Victorian architect, to design the “Castle”.   Local stone, trimmed by Valdez and Saturna

  • East Sooke Park

EAST SOOKE REGIONAL PARK, SOOKE, BC

East Sooke Park If you want to have a true 'west coast' experience - without going too far away from civilization, nothing beats East Sooke Park! East Sooke is the largest CRD Park, encompassing 1422

  • French Beach Sign

FRENCH BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK

Situated on the scenic Strait of Juan de Fuca on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island, French Beach Provincial Park offers much more than just beautiful hiking trails through lush forests. A wide swatch

ROCHE COVE REGIONAL PARK

Roche Cove Regional Park Hike along a cool creek at midday or paddle still waters in early morning light at this serene 163-hectare park. You’ll find a secluded cove, ocean views and lush vegetation, including

  • Port Renfrew, Botanical Beach, Vancouver Island Visitor in Victoria

PORT RENFREW HIKES AND ADVENTURES

A pleasant drive and day trip is the route to the small town of Port Renfrew. Take a beautiful and scenic drive of approx. 100km (one way) to the West Coast town of Port Renfrew.

 

 

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