One of the favorite activities of outdoor enthusiasts in Victoria is hiking. The amazing thing about this area is that it only takes 5-15 minutes to drive to a location of a beautiful walk or hike along the coastline or forested area. No better way to break up your day than with some fresh air, exercise and the accomplishment of getting to the top of a hill to see the view. Here are a few of our favorite shorter hikes. These are great if you are limited on time, or taking the whole family or just want something a little easier.
Mount Douglas Park -PKOLS
Mount Douglas Park located in Gordon Head is a beautiful area to explore. We love to parking the lower beach parking lot and hiking up the mountain along the Irvine Trail, but there are so many other trails to explore leading up top as well as around the mountain or down to the beach. The kids love Tinker Town an outdoor natural playground up the path from the playground.
BEAR HILL REGIONAL PARK
We typically park on Bear Hill Road and the Summit Trail is 760 meters up Bear Hill. We enjoy the views of Saanich. The last time there the most beautiful rainbow could be seen from the top! Bear Hill Regional Park is located in Saanich West on Bear Hill Rd just off Oldfield Rd.
Mt Tolmie is well worth the trek or drive up to the summit just for the fabulous views of our beautiful city, Victoria! From the top you can also take in views of Mount Baker and The Olympic Mountains. Mount Tolmie Park is located in Saanich near the University of Victoria and Camosun College and features over 1500 metres of trails.
Cascade Falls / McKenzie Bight
Cascade Falls | McKenzie Bight
This more moderate hike is a trail down to McKenzie Bight beach of the Saanich Inlet. From there we usually choose the Cascade Falls trail back. For an easier route go the opposite way. This hiking trail is located in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park off Ross Durrance Road, near Brentwood Bay.
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