Victoria Hiking Trails RatingThe wilderness hiking trails in Francis/King Regional Park take you past massive, old-growth Douglas Fir trees.  Some estimated to be as old as 500 years and the Elsie King interpretive trail gives beautiful descriptions of the forest and creatures around you.  The park is an educational walk through a remote and secluded feeling park just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria.

  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsEleven kilometres of trails
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsTrail connects to Thetis Lake!
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsWonderful wildflower meadows
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsNice 800 metre interpretive trail
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsBig, 500 year old trees!
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsVery family friendly
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsElsie King Trail is wheelchair friendly
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sNice hike, but not overly impressive
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sNot as pretty as nearby Thetis Lake
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sNice park, but not a must do

Victoria Hiking Trails

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There are over 11 kilometres of trails in the park and the Panhandle trail connects to the adjacent, Thetis Lake Regional Park.  The trail network extends quite far allowing you to roam far and wide or close and short.  Thetis Lake Regional Park then connects to the beautiful Mill Hill Regional Park, combining these three very distinct parks into one, massive, interconnected hiking paradise.  Francis/King contains the massive old growth forest, Thetis the beautiful lakeside trails, and Mill Hill the wonderful mountain views out to the ocean around Victoria.

Francis/King Regional Park gets its odd, double name of "Francis/King" because Francis and King were in fact two surnames of two different people.  Both enabled the creation of the park and therefore the name of the park was clumsily created with both surnames. Take a look at the detailed history of the park including archaeological research in the area here.

James Francis bought the area where the park is on the east side of Munn Road in the 1840's.  The area on the west side of Munn road was named Freeman King Park after a popular early Victoria area conservationist.  The beautiful Elsie King Trail is an 800 metre long wheelchair accessible boardwalk with a self guided interpretive trail.  There is also a nice nature centre near the parking lot open 12-4pm Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday.

 

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Victoria Hiking Trails

Lone Tree Hill Regional Park is a wonderful, hidden bit of paradise deep in the hills of Victoria has a beautiful panoramic view from its summit.  The hike is ...
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The Elk & Beaver Lake Trail is one of many beautiful lakeside trails in Victoria.  From the convenient parking lot the trail is mostly flat, gravel or ...
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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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Thetis Lake Regional Park is a very popular Victoria park that contains several lakes.  Lower Thetis Lake, Upper Thetis Lake, Prior Lake and further out, ...
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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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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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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Radar Hill is absolutely one of the Tofino area sights not to be missed.  It's a quick and easy walk to the top and the views are beautiful.   Definitely one ...
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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 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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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 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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