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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Victoria Hiking Trails

The 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 ...
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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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Huge Douglas-fir trees and tremendous views are the highlights of this beautiful Provincial Park just 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, near Sidney.  ...
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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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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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

Whistler is an amazing place to hike. Looking at a map of Whistler you see an extraordinary spider web of hiking trails. Easy trails, moderate trails and challenging hiking trails are all available. Another marvellous thing about Whistler is that Garibaldi Provincial ...
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Victoria Hiking Trails

Victoria has a seemingly endless number of amazing hiking trails.  Most take you to wild and beautiful Pacific Ocean views and others take you to tranquil lakes in beautiful BC Coastal Rainforest wilderness.  Regional Parks and Provincial Parks are everywhere you turn ...
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The West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail was created after decades of brutal and costly shipwrecks occurred along the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  One shipwreck in particular was so horrific, tragic and unbelievable that it forced the creation of a trail along the coast, which ...
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