Victoria Hiking Trails RatingGoldstream Provincial Park and Mount Finlayson are beautiful places that are definitely a must-see on any visit to Victoria.  Huge coastal rainforest trees everywhere.  An impressively golden river, an abandoned gold mine and one of the highest mountains in Victoria.  As soon as you leave your car you can feel the wonderful forest alive around you.

  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsBeautiful rainforest with huge trees
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsFall salmon run is extraordinary!
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsWide variety of hiking trails
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsIncredible place for a picnic
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsHike to/on the train trestle!
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsMt Finlayson has amazing views
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsNiagara Falls is a hidden world
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsAmazing & convenient year-round
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsCampground is very nice & huge
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sOften gets quite busy

Victoria Hiking Trails

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Goldstream Park is home to the annual salmon spawning run every fall and the rest of the year is just a wonderful world of centuries old Douglas fir and western red cedars.  Several of the huge trees are estimated to be over 600 years old and you find some reaching to the sky and others laying dramatically along the forest floor.  Hiking trails extend all over the park, but the Mount Finlayson trail takes you up above the forest to beautiful views of Victoria that locals cherish.

It's a relaxing trail that only gets a bit steeper and challenging near the end.  The summit of Mount Finlayson is about an hour by foot from the Goldstream Park parking lot and it's a short hike to a summit towering over Victoria.  Don't let the relatively short trail fool you into thinking the trail is easy.  The steep and challenging, final section arrives at one of the more breathtaking vantage points over Victoria... and the ocean beyond.

As if it Goldstream Park couldn't get any better it does.  Across the highway a trail leads to the mighty 47 metre high Niagara Falls.  Getting across the highway to Niagara Falls is half the fun.  An ancient tunnel under the highway takes you to the falls.  Finding this tunnel is easy, though it is not marked on Goldstream Park mapboards, as it is not officially for hikers.  It is a tunnel to channel water under the highway, however, it is an amazing and beautiful way to get to the falls and for the most part, the only way.

Parking along the side of the highway is only feasible if you are driving from the north, and even then, it requires an abrupt and unmarked parking area.  The best option, by far, is to park at the main parking area for Goldstream Park and walking to the falls and train trestle via the tunnel.  With so much to see at Goldstream Park it is no wonder why it is so popular and so generously equipped with picnic tables.  There is also a wonderful visitor centre, concession stand and dozens of picnic tables.  Everywhere you look you will find mapboards and informative, interpretive signs indicating what to see.

It is hard to say what the most amazing thing to see in Goldstream Park is.  Most people think of the extraordinary salmon run that happens here every year in October.  Thousands of salmon rush up the shallow stream and the park has several excellent viewing areas to see the chaos.  For others, Goldstream Park is wonderful for the enormous trees and wild, deep forest.  It is an easy look into a prehistoric feeling forest of enormous giants reaching to the sky or sprawled across the forest floor.  Still others love it for the challenging, yet short hike to the summit of Mount Finlayson to take in the towering views over Victoria.

Niagara Falls, and the deep and dark, cavernous route to get to it, make it the highlight for most on any visit to the park.  Niagara Falls flows through a narrow channel 47 metres up and crashed straight down into a narrow valley enclosed from above by a tangle of trees.  There is one feature of Goldstream Park that seems to be the favourite over all the others.  The amazing train trestle up beyond Niagara Falls.  A few hundred metres of very steep hiking gets you to this breathtaking monument.  Though in regular use up until a few years ago, this stunning bridge across an enormous valley is a sight to see.  Whether you are pacing across it looking down through the gaps or marvelling at the construction from below, exploring this wonderful relic of Victoria's history is well worth the hike.

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Victoria Hiking Trails

Mount Doug as it's locally known is a remarkably easily accessible park with both 360 degree mountain views as well as a beautiful beach.  The beach and ...
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Mount Tolmie is another beautiful, easily accessed mountain in Victoria with 360 degree ocean and city views.  On a clear day you can spot Mount Baker far ...
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Fort Rodd Hill is astonishingly beautiful and incredibly interesting as a tourist attraction in Victoria that most never see.  This fact is amazing as it ...
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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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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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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Radar Beach is one of the countless places that makes this part of the world so amazing.  It is difficult to get to due to it having an unmarked trailhead, ...
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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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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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