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. 

Victoria Hiking Trails

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Swirling channels of emerald green water through deep potholes and endless places to picnic or swim.  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, McKenzie Lake are all within this amazing park.

A wide, spider web of hiking trails run in between and around these lakes in the midst of a beautiful and secluded forest.  Trails also lead to more challenging trails to Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain.  In the summer Thetis Lake is fantastically popular as a swimming beach.  Sandy beach, beautiful lake, and a wonderful trail system make the park crowded on hot days.

Fishing, kayaking and canoeing are other popular attractions.  Parking is free most of the year, however May 1st to September 30th expect to pay for parking near the main beach and trailhead.  Trails from Thetis Lake Regional Park extend to the neighbouring parks of Francis King Regional Park and Mill Hill Regional Park.  Both are beautiful parks in their own right.

Mill Hill commands unexpectedly beautiful views of Victoria and the ocean beyond.  Francis King showcases some of the most impressively enormous trees in the Victoria area.  Thetis Lake Regional Park is an incredible place to escape the world on a rainy day, and a perfect place to enjoy the world a sunny day.  The sandy beach is alive with activity in the summer and the seemingly endless forest trails are so numerous as to always be relaxing and serene.  The always varying terrain make Thetis Lake always interesting place to walk around.  Rocky cliffs, small island chains and sunny forest clearings keep you always interested in what is around the next bend.

Witty's Lagoon Regional Park

Witty's Lagoon Regional Park is a great network of trails and boardwalks that meander through an impressive Douglas-fir forest leading to the wonderful beach at Witty's Lagoon.  The trails total over 5k, however, can be hiked in smaller sections.  Many just head to the beach and lagoon and avoid the trails, but the trails are well worth a look. The trails run around the lagoon with great ocean and wildlife scenery.  Sitting Lady Falls is wonderfully viewed from the very nice boardwalk.  Expect to take two hours if you walk most of the trails and far more if you stay to explore the beach and lagoon.  Witty's Lagoon is teeming with wildlife.  Fresh water pours into the salt water lagoon enabling an astounding array of plant and animal life.  Rock crabs, fish, clams, purple sea stars, seals and dozens of different types of birds can be reliably seen on every visit.  With the wide variety of life at Witty's Lagoon there is an interpretive centre to help you identify it all.  Free to visit and open everyday.  Witty's Lagoon is a massive ocean-side park with a staggering number of plant and animals thriving in it.  Beautiful forest, creeks and a waterfall pour into the sandy seashore and beautiful beach.  Lots for kids to see and do and a wonderfully relaxing place to lay in the sun or stare out to sea.

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park

Sooke is a wonderful coastal town with amazingly deep and beautiful forests, lakes and rivers.  The Sooke Potholes is an extraordinary example of this.  Over thousands of years, swirling water have created amazingly deep pools in this otherwise, massive and crashing river.  This has created an astonishing river-world fun park of sorts.  Cliffs, fallen trees, rock outcrops over the river.  Nothing, including the river ever runs in anything close to a straight line.  So many amazing vantage points, so many unbelievable swimming spots.  If you are interested in venturing further, you can follow the potholes for quite a distance.  About 3k in fact, as they snake through the river valley.  As if the place couldn't get any more interesting, it does.  There is a ruin (of sorts) of an unfinished convention centre, long abandoned, though magnificent in it size and complexity.  It would have been quite a building, with its enormous fireplace and huge log beam construction.  Now it remains as a curiosity, perched on the edge of a cliff, far above the Sooke Potholes.  These extraordinarily clear, circular and deep pools of water are each a world on their own.  The park brings out the child explorer in everyone as you clamour over and around rock cliffs to reach the next pothole to swim in or just to see.  The enormous chimney that remains from the abandoned convention centre still stands high above the potholes adjacent to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail makes the area look like a ghost town.  The crumbling remains are fenced off now, but in the 1990's you could wander around the magnificent foundations of what would have been an amazing building had it been completed.

Mount Doug Park

Mount Douglas or 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 mountain are connected both by trails and roads allowing for a quick and beautiful visit by car or a longer, interesting and varied hike on foot among the huge Douglas Fir and Cedar trees.  Parking is available in four areas.  At the summit of Mount Doug (accessible by car only after 12pm daily), near the shores of Cordova Bay, at the gate, at the base of the road to the peak as well as further along the park at Glendenning Road. Among the spider web of trails on Mount Doug there is quite an amazing cave.  Long abandoned from the old mining days it runs nearly 20 metres from the tiny entrance.  Don't forget to bring a flashlight.  Mount Doug is a locals favourite.  You can quickly drive to the summit viewpoint and look at the amazing views.  Such an effortless way to see Victoria from above.

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

The network of trails around Elk & Beaver Lake are some of the most scenic in Victoria.  From any of the convenient parking lots the trails immerse you into the wonderfully deep and dark forest around both lakes.  The park is very popular for swimming, picnicking, windsurfing, boating, fishing and rowing.  Though it can get busy the large size of the park disperses people quite well.  If you are running here you will find the 10 kilometre trail around the lakes peaceful and quiet, even if the sandy beaches are crowded and noisy.  Like other BC Provincial Parks there are excellent toilet facilities at several points along this beautiful and relaxing trail.  Concession stands are located at both ends of the park as well as water sport equipment rental shops at the Elk Lake end of the park.  A connecting trail extends from the north end of the park leading to Bear Hill Regional Park.  Bear Hill sits high above the surrounding area and has beautiful views of Saanich Peninsula as well as the more distant San Juan and Gulf Islands.  On a clear day you can easily spot Mount Baker in the United States.  Elk Lake is a hugely popular recreational lake.  Jet skiing, rowing, windsurfing, swimming and quite a lot more are popular here.  Beaver Lake is a bit quieter, hidden in the deep forest at the south end of Elk Lake.  On a busy, summer day you will find dozens or even hundreds of people in the park at the nice, sandy beaches.  On quieter days, you may find yourself alone, except for the flocks of birds that reside here.  Continue to Moderate Trails...

Hike in Victoria

  Victoria Hiking TrailAvatar Grove Victoria Hiking TrailBear Hill Victoria Hiking TrailEast Sooke Park Victoria Hiking TrailElk/Beaver Lake Victoria Hiking TrailEsquimalt Lagoon Easy Pay Hiking Trail VictoriaFort Rodd Hill Victoria Hiking TrailFrancis/King Victoria Hiking TrailGalloping Goose Victoria Hiking TrailGoldstream Park Victoria Hiking TrailGowlland Tod Victoria Hiking TrailGrass Lake Victoria Hiking TrailJohn Dean Park Victoria Hiking TrailJuan de Fuca Trail Victoria Hiking TrailLone Tree Hill Victoria Hiking TrailMill Hill Victoria Hiking TrailMount Doug Victoria Hiking TrailMount Tolmie Victoria Hiking TrailSooke Potholes Victoria Hiking TrailSpectacle Lake Victoria Hiking TrailThetis Lake Victoria Hiking TrailWitty's Lagoon VictoriaVictoria VictoriaAttractions VictoriaAttractions VictoriaEssential Hiking Trails VictoriaEasy Hiking Trails VictoriaModerate Trails VictoriaChallenging Trails Day 1 Pachena to Darling Day 2 Darling to Tsusiat Day 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah Day 4 Carmanah to Walbran Day 5 Walbran to Cullite Day 6 Cullite to Camper Day 7 Camper to Thrasher

Victoria Hiking Trails

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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Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is a wonderful coastal park overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Located in Metchosin, a scenic and largely rural ...
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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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Sooke is a wonderful coastal town with amazingly deep and beautiful forests, lakes and rivers.  The Sooke Potholes is an extraordinary example of this.  Over ...
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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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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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 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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At 53 metres, Virgin Falls is quite an impressive sight.  You walk through the short, two minute forest trail to reach it and it fills your view.  It is ...
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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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