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Exploring Vancouver Island's Outdoors

Nestled in the heart of the city, The Parkside Hotel & Spa is the perfect starting point for your summer adventures in Victoria. With our proximity to the Inner Harbour, Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road, and more, we make exploring the great outdoors accessible. Here are a few of our favourite ways to make the most of the summer in Victoria.

Visit the Inner Harbour

The Inner Harbour is the heart of Victoria, where historic architecture meets lively culture. Just steps away from The Parkside, there are plenty of fun things to do along the Inner Harbour. Watch seaplanes take off, enjoy performances from buskers, attend summer festivals or visit the Royal BC Museum. From here, you can also embark on whale-watching tours, kayak adventures or catch a ferry to nearby attractions like Fisherman's Wharf.

A City With A River Running Through It

Stroll Through Beacon Hill Park & Dallas Road

A short walk from The Parkside Hotel & Spa leads you to Beacon Hill Park and Dallas Road. Wander through sunny Garry Oak meadows, visit the petting zoo or relax by the shoreline. Dallas Road's waterfront path is perfect for a leisurely bike ride or a sunset stroll, offering panoramic views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and Olympic Mountains. A favourite of locals and visitors alike!

Explore Victoria on Two Wheels

For those seeking more active exploration, we have complimentary bike rentals at The Parkside Hotel & Spa. Pedal along Victoria's dedicated bike lanes and discover hidden gems like local eateries, boutique shops and scenic viewpoints. Cycle through neighbourhoods like Fernwood or James Bay, stopping for picnics in parks or beachside strolls.

To make the most of your cycling adventure, we’ve curated a selection of Happy Trails maps. These guides offer insider tips on the best cycling routes for your specific interests, from family fun to brewery hopping and more!


This summer, let The Parkside Hotel & Spa be your gateway to Victoria's playground. Whether you're a nature enthusiast or simply craving a relaxing getaway, Victoria promises memorable experiences at every turn. Discover the beauty of Vancouver Island from the comfort and convenience of The Parkside Hotel & Spa, where adventure awaits just outside your door.