Victoria Hiking Trails RatingGowlland Tod Provincial Park is a beautiful park running along the Saanich Inlet just a short drive from downtown Victoria.  Accessible from Goldstream Park at one end and Brentwood Bay, near Butchart Gardens at the other.  From beautiful ocean views of the inlet to wonderful mountain views from Mount Work, this park has a great variety of characteristically Victoria hiking.

  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsHuge park & lots to see
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsBeautiful, deep & ancient forest
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsPlenty of stunning ocean views
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsGorgeous arbutus trees
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsWonderful, family friendly trails
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsVery dog friendly
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsTrails rarely feel busy
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sA few trails are not very scenic
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sSome trails lack direction signs
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sTricky to find the trailheads

Victoria Hiking Trails

  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailAvatar Grove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailBear Hill  Easy Hiking TrailEast Sooke Park  Victoria Hiking TrailElk/Beaver Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailEsquimalt Lagoon  Easy Pay Hiking Trail VictoriaFort Rodd Hill  Easy Hiking TrailFrancis/King  Victoria Hiking TrailGalloping Goose  Easy Hiking TrailGoldstream Park  Easy Hiking TrailGowlland Tod  Easy Hiking TrailGrass Lake  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJohn Dean Park  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJuan de Fuca Trail  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Tree Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMill Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMount Douglas  Easy Hiking TrailMount Tolmie  Easy Hiking TrailSooke Potholes  Victoria Hiking TrailSpectacle Lake  Easy Hiking TrailThetis Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailWitty's Lagoon  VictoriaVictoria  VictoriaAttractions  VictoriaEasy Hiking Trails  VictoriaModerate Trails  VictoriaChallenging Trails

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

  Easy Hiking TrailThe Big Tree Trail  Easy Hiking TrailHot Springs Cove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Cone  Easy Hiking TrailNuu Chah Nulth  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailRadar Beach  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailRadar Hill  Easy Hiking TrailVargas Island  Virgin Falls  Easy Hiking TrailWild Pacific Trail

Mount Work is a popular hiking trail in Gowlland Tod and the most challenging trail at 5k from trailhead to summit.  Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is quite large, spread out and the trails so varied, that you feel far from the city.  The trails and views to and along Finlayson Arm are amazing and breathtakingly serene.  An amazing park, so convenient to Victoria.  And much like most other Victoria area parks, astoundingly quiet and wild.  Naturally peaceful and beautiful in any weather and any month of the year.  Over 25 kilometres of trails zig-zag across Gowlland Tod Park connecting Goldstream Provincial Park to Brentwood Bay, home to the world renowned, Butchart Gardens.  Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is home to hundreds of plant and animal species and its park status ensures that the area will be forever protected.  Finlayson Arm is the fjord that the park overlooks and attracts scuba divers from around the world to its unique habitat.  This massive, wild and beautiful park comes alive with wildflowers during the spring and early summer.  The geographically protected area encourages species of marine life rare in other parts of the world.  The size and location of the park make you feel as though you are far from civilisation.

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

Directions to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

Directions to Gowlland Tod Provincial ParkThere are three main access points to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park.  The McKenzie Bight Access: trailhead is located off Rossdurrance Road. This relaxing trail leads to the beautiful McKenzine Bight on Saanich Inlet.  The Timberman Trail branches off to the Saanich Inlet Viewpoint and further along the Malahat Viewpoint, Squally Reach Viewpoint and Jocelyn Hill.  The Tod Inlet Access: trailhead is located in Brentwood Bay off Wallace Drive.  The Caleb Pike Access: trailhead is located on Caleb Pike Road which is just off of Millstream Road near Langford.

Victoria Hiking Trails

  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailAvatar Grove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailBear Hill  Easy Hiking TrailEast Sooke Park  Victoria Hiking TrailElk/Beaver Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailEsquimalt Lagoon  Easy Pay Hiking Trail VictoriaFort Rodd Hill  Easy Hiking TrailFrancis/King  Victoria Hiking TrailGalloping Goose  Easy Hiking TrailGoldstream Park  Easy Hiking TrailGowlland Tod  Easy Hiking TrailGrass Lake  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJohn Dean Park  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJuan de Fuca Trail  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Tree Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMill Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMount Douglas  Easy Hiking TrailMount Tolmie  Easy Hiking TrailSooke Potholes  Victoria Hiking TrailSpectacle Lake  Easy Hiking TrailThetis Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailWitty's Lagoon  VictoriaVictoria  VictoriaAttractions  VictoriaEasy Hiking Trails  VictoriaModerate Trails  VictoriaChallenging Trails

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

  Easy Hiking TrailThe Big Tree Trail  Easy Hiking TrailHot Springs Cove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Cone  Easy Hiking TrailNuu Chah Nulth  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailRadar Beach  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailRadar Hill  Easy Hiking TrailVargas Island  Virgin Falls  Easy Hiking TrailWild Pacific Trail

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