Victoria, British Columbia

Top Spots in and near Victoria

  • Victoria, British Columbia

    Paddle Victoria Harbour's Waterways

    Victoria Harbor located on the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia is the southernmost port in Canada. Enjoying a moderate climate year round, one will quickly see why it is also known as Canada's busiest port. Pleasure boats, water taxis, large car and passenger ferries, tugbo...
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  • Victoria, British Columbia

    Galloping Goose Trail

    36.14 mi / 1831 ft gain
    The Galloping Goose Regional Trail connects downtown Victoria, Canada to the former town of Leechtown. Part of the Trans Canada Trail (which traverses the entire country) the Galloping Goose follows the path of the former Canadian National Railway passing through the communities of Sooke, Metchos...
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  • Victoria, British Columbia

    Beacon Hill Park

    5.0
    Beacon Hill Park is the jewel of Victoria's crown. Spanning 200 acres and connecting Downtown to the ocean alongside Dallas Road, Beacon Hill Park is one of the highlights of visiting the Capitol city on Vancouver Islands southern tip. Every corner of the park features unique flora, fauna and p...
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  • Victoria, British Columbia

    Freedive or Snorkel Ogden Point

    Accessible from downtown Victoria, The Breakwater at Ogden Point makes a fun, easy-access shore-dive. I've been freediving here a couple times now and have loved it each time. You can access the granite stepping blocks by a staircase on the left side (if you're facing the water) of The Breakwater...
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  • Victoria, British Columbia

    Hike around Thetis Lake

    4.5
    1.9 mi / 196.9 ft gain
    Take Highway 1 west from Victoria. Turn onto Exit 10 (View Royal/Colwood) and continue on the Island Highway. Turn right at Six Mile Road, which leads straight to Thetis Lake Regional Park.Note that this park is also accessible by bike via the Galloping Goose Trail.With minimal elevation (~60m) a...
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  • Langford, British Columbia

    Hiking the Goldmine Trail

    4.5
    2.2 mi / 295.3 ft gain
    Goldstream Provincial Park is just a short drive from Victoria. Within 20 minutes of leaving the city center, you can be immersed in an old growth temperate rain forest.From Victoria, take the Trans-Canada highway to the start of the Malahat. The Goldstream day use area is well marked. Stop here ...
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  • Langford, British Columbia

    Hiking Mt. Finlayson

    4.0
    Mount Finlayson in Goldstream Provincial Park is 19 km north of Victoria on Hwy 1. The trail takes you up to a scenic lookout of Victoria. For the majority, this trail is quite easy, however, it gets slightly more challenging toward the end when the terrain gets steeper.Park at Goldstream Provinc...
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  • Victoria, British Columbia

    Hike to Jocelyn Hill

    4.0
    5.75 mi / 1499 ft gain
    Gowlland Tod is a beautiful park, running along the Finlayson Arm fjord. Jocelyn hill is in the middle of the park, and can be accessed from the Caleb Pike access at the South end (along the Ridge trail) or from the McKenzie Bight access at the North end (along the Timberman trail). With planning...
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  • Friday Harbor, Washington

    Hike Mount Grant on San Juan Island

    2 mi / 500 ft gain
    Mount Grant Preserve is still in the midst of becoming an official park, but is open to the public for hiking, so you will get to see this amazing spot before it's too crowded. With a trial system currently being made, most people hike up the established road, but there are well marked signs to h...
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  • Sooke, British Columbia

    Hike Mount Manuel Quimper

    The Sooke Hills is a geographic region of low hills with elevations between 350m (Mt. Wells) to a high of 682m (Mt. Empress), located in the area bounded on three sides by Highway 1 to the east, Highway 14 to the south and the Sooke River to the west. Though heavily logged 100+ years ago, in the ...
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  • Sooke, British Columbia

    Hike East Sooke Park

    Sitting very close to the southernmost point of Vancouver Island, facing west towards the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the open Pacific Ocean, East Sooke Park is a unique and magical place for a hike or trail run. Your first visit will spark the desire to keep returning, to keep explor...
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  • Friday Harbor, Washington

    Hike to Young Hill

    4.0
    1.2 mi / 650 ft gain
    From the main parking lot at English camp, follow the wide path east and cross West Valley road to the trailhead of Young Hill. The trail switchbacks several times and leads you past the English Camp cemetery. Continue left on the main trail through the forest of Pacific Madrone trees until you r...
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  • San Juan County, Washington

    Kayak Camp on Posey Island

    A tiny gem within the San Juan Islands, Posey Island is a perfect kayak camping spot for novices, experts, and everyone in between. While the Island only has 2 campsites, each can be reserved ahead of time if you are going May 15th - September 30th. Reservations open each year starting Jan 2nd @ ...
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  • Sooke, British Columbia

    Hike and Swim at Sooke Potholes

    4.2
    The Sooke Potholes seem to have something for everyone. Those seeking quick and easy beach access can enjoy short, well-groomed trails that lead straight to the pebble beaches from each of this spot’s multiple parking lots. There are also a number of paths leading to viewpoints overlooking the ri...
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  • Friday Harbor, Washington

    Hike through the American Camp

    3 mi
    For what was once a highly contested and disputed piece of land in the Pacific Ocean, now lays home to one of the most peaceful, tranquil, and historic hikes in the island chain. Start the hike at the parking lot of the San Juan Island National Historic Site American Camp Visitor Center. Proceed ...
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  • Sooke, British Columbia

    Hike Whiffin Spit

    1.5 mi / 0 ft gain
    Located in Sooke, between the Sooke Harbour and the Juan de Fuca Strait is Whiffin Spit Park. An easy 2.4km out and back trail with minimal elevation gain that you can walk to the end and back in about an hour. The dog-friendly gravel trail takes you down the spit to the end where you will find a...
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Camping and Lodging in Victoria

Olympic Peninsula / Port Angeles KOA Journey
Port Angeles, Washington

Olympic Peninsula / Port Angeles KOA Journey

Log Cabin Resort
Port Angeles, Washington

Log Cabin Resort

From $148 / night

Lake Crescent Lodge
Port Angeles, Washington

Lake Crescent Lodge

From $181 / night

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Port Angeles, Washington

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

From $25 / night

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground
Port Angeles, Washington

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground

Guides, Insights and Stories from Victoria

Olympic National Park's 10 Best Hikes

Olympic National Park's 10 Best Hikes

The Outbound Collective

Olympic National Park: My Second Ever Backpacking Trip

Olympic National Park: My Second Ever Backpacking Trip

Heather DuBrall

Olympic National Park Is an Oasis of Family-Friendly Adventuring

Olympic National Park Is an Oasis of Family-Friendly Adventuring

The Outbound Collective

6 Beautiful Lakes to Explore in Olympic National Park

6 Beautiful Lakes to Explore in Olympic National Park

The Outbound Collective

5 Amazing Backpacking Trips in Olympic National Park

5 Amazing Backpacking Trips in Olympic National Park

The Outbound Collective