Hike in VictoriaVictoria is a stunning city surrounded by pristine forests and beautiful ocean views.  Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, you are never far from the ocean, parks and wilderness. Parks and recreational trails cover an astounding amount of the island and Victoria's rich history is well preserved. Victoria is both sophisticated and laid back.

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Hike in VictoriaSeeing everything worth seeing in Victoria in one trip is difficult to do.  Many of the best attractions surround the Inner Harbour, which is the heart of Victoria and the best place to start exploring.  The list below begins at the Inner Harbour and radiates outward.  Downtown Victoria is well contained and exploring on foot or by bike is usually the best way to get around.

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Hike in VictoriaThere are dozens of great things to see and do in downtown Victoria.  These are some that are often missed or overlooked.  The Bug Zoo and Miniature World are great if you have kids along.  The Bateman Centre and Emily Carr are great for art lovers.  Market Square and Chinatown are a look into Victoria's past.

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Hike in VictoriaThese are the best of the best hiking trails in and around Victoria and the reasons why they are great. In order starting from the most beautiful, most scenic, most enjoyable and most interesting. Some are steps from downtown Victoria and others a short to long drive away. The Juan de Fuca Trail is further away at over an hours drive and the world famous West Coast Trail is two hours away.

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Hike in VictoriaThere are dozens of easy hiking trails in and around Victoria and they all seem to take you to a beautiful lake or ocean view.  Thetis Lake is hard to beat.  Deep forest trails take you to one beautiful viewpoint after another.  Witty's Lagoon has wilderness trails as well as a massive beach.  Sooke Potholes is a stunning park to visit. 

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Victoria Hiking Trail Moderately ChallengingVictoria has a huge selection of moderately challenging hiking trails.  Goldstream Park has several trails that start easy and end challenging.  They all take you to beautiful sights.  East Sooke Park has over 50 kilometres of coastal and wilderness trails.  Gowlland Tod has sharply contrasting ocean views to East Sooke Park. 

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Victoria Hiking Trail ChallengingVictoria has no shortage of challenging hiking trails.  From the steep, yet relatively short hikes in Goldstream Park and East Sooke Park.  To the tough and often brutal hiking along the West Coast Trail.  Juan de Fuca Trail is a wonderful taste of the West Coast Trail.  Less remote, less brutal, yet still takes you along Vancouver Island's spectacular coast.

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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

Vargas Island Provincial Park is a popular Kayak camping destination due to its wonderful location close to Tofino.  It has wonderful, wilderness camping ...
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The Nuu-chah-nulth (aka the Wickaninnish Trail), has the amazing distinction among all the other beach hikes in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor, in that it is flanked ...
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Meares Island was the centre of dispute in the 80's when the Nuu-chah-nulth protested Macmillan Bloedel's intent to log the island.  The Nuu-chah-nulth ...
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The Wild Pacific Trail is a must see on any visit to Pacific Rim National Park, Ucluelet and/or Tofino.  Located in Ucluelet, the Wild Pacific Trail is ...
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Hot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino.  Lots of whale watching companies offer whale watching/hot springs tours for very reasonable prices.  The ...
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The West Coast Trail

When shipping in and out of Juan de Fuca Strait rapidly increased in the mid 1800's and alarming and costly number of ships were lost, the need for a ...
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The West Coast Trail is incredible. Everything about it is amazing. From the wildly, incomprehensibly enormous trees to endless jaw dropping views. And ...
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The West Coast Trail hiking season is confined to just five months due to the dangerously stormy weather during the winter months. In the winter the days ...
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There are three entry/exit points for the West Coast Trail, however the midway entry/exit point at Nitinaht Narrows is for hikers only hiking part of the trail. ...
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There are lots of options to getting to the West Coast Trail. The trail is linear so you have to arrange to get to the trailhead as well as from your exit ...
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The West Coast Trail is a very tough hike. About one out of one hundred hikers don't make it, they need to be rescued. That's why there are so many fees. ...
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Victoria Hiking Trails

Goldstream Provincial Park and Mount Finlayson are beautiful places that are definitely a must-see on any visit to Victoria.  Huge coastal rainforest trees ...
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Bear Hill Regional Park is a nice hill trail, just north of Elk/Beaver Lake in Saanich.  It is an easy 2k hike to the summit where the views are ...
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Avatar Grove and Canada's gnarliest tree is an amazing thing to see and finding it is half the fun.  The cute little town of Port Renfrew, know for it's ...
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Mill Hill Regional Park is a well hidden though wonderfully short hike to amazing views of Victoria, Esquimalt and the Western Communities.  The hike is ...
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East Sooke Regional Park is a convenient and easily accessible way to experience the wild, west coast of Vancouver Island.  Weather blasted rocky cliffs, ...
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