Top Victoria, BC Hiking Trails
Calling all outdoor buffs: if you’re on the hunt for a hearty hike, you’ve come to the right place. From stunning views of the city skyline to the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the city has something for every type of hiker. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced trail-trekker, you’ll find plenty of journeys to explore. Here are our picks for some of the best hiking trails in Victoria, BC.
This easy and well-maintained trail is great for families and beginner hikers alike. It begins at the 100-metre Switch Bridge, then follows along the Saanich Inlet, offering stunning views of the ocean. There are plenty of benches and clearing areas along the way, making it a great spot for a leisurely stroll, or even a picnic.
4050 Lochside Dr, Victoria, BC V8X 2C8
If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, Mount Doug Park is the perfect spot. This trail is just over six kilometres long and affords hikers stunning views of Haro Strait to the east, north and west through Saanich, and downtown to the south. There are several steep sections that may prove tougher for novices, but the views you’ll experience make the climb more than worth it.
4550 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria, BC V8N 4Y9
This lush green park is a stunning stop for anyone who needs a bit of sunshine and fresh air. East Sooke offers a variety of trails, ranging from “no sweat” to uphill. The trails take you through lush forests and along the rugged coastline, offering visitors stunning views of the ocean and the Olympic Mountains.
6807 East Sooke Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 1A7
At 55 kilometres, Galloping Goose is perfect for runners, cyclists and hikers alike. Don’t be intimidated by the length, though — this trail is also extremely approachable, with several points of entry and egress along its length. Galloping Goose follows the old Canadian Pacific Railway line and offers breathtaking vistas of rural Victoria and the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Taylor Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 3Y7
Speaking of railway lines, the 3km round-trip Kinsol Trestle Bridge Trail incorporates several special features certain to appeal to train enthusiasts. In its initial stretches, it’s an easy, level hike with lots of lovely scenery. However, as you approach the terminus, you’ll have an opportunity to stroll over one of the world’s tallest free-standing wooden trestle bridges. It’s an incredible finish to a fantastic adventure.
2869 Glen Eagles Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W0
This inviting park is a great spot for family hikes. You’ll have your pick of several simple trails that wind through serene green space, as well as a chance to spot a variety of the area’s native wildlife. The lake is also a great spot for a little al fresco lunch, or even a dip on warmer days.
728 Beaver Lake Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 6K2
No matter what your level of experience, you’ll find plenty of trails to explore and enjoy. Even better, centrally located Parkside Hotel and Spa is right in the centre of it all! Our Victoria, BC travel packages and special offers make the decision to stay with us an easy one. So, lace up your boots and get out and explore the trails of Victoria during your visit!