Victoria has absolutely beautiful scenery, perfect for all nature lovers. Whether you want to hike by the ocean or wander through the lush forests, this is the place for you.
1. Start at the Inner Harbour
The Inner Harbour is the jumping-off spot for whale-watching tours, kayaking and a waterfront path that leads to the Robert Bateman Centre and its collection of works by the famous Canadian naturalist and artist.
2. Go for a Walk in Beacon Hill Park
Wander through leafy Beacon Hill Park and take in expansive views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains from the park’s southern lawns along Dallas Road.
3. Rent a Bike
Hire a bicycle and pedal further afield on the Galloping Goose and Lochside Regional Trails that travel along former railway lines through woodlands and farmlands, over boardwalks and bridges, and along lake and ocean shorelines.
4. Go Hiking in Goldstream Provincial Park
Drive to Goldstream Provincial Park to hike amongst 600-year-old Douglas firs and massive western red cedars and beside a meandering river that welcomes thousands of spawning salmon each fall.
5. Go Ziplining
Climb to the top of towering trees—and scream your way back to earth—on Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tour. Then, test your muscles and your mettle on a treetop circuit of log ladders, tightropes, cargo nets, and, yes, more shriek-inducing zipline action at WildPlay Element Park.
6. Drive the Pacific Marine Circle Route
For those looking for something where they can take their time, check out the Pacific Marine Circle Route. This route can be one day or five days and allows you to explore Vancouver Island and experience areas like Sooke and Lake Cowichan, which hold some hidden gems.
7. Relax in Nature at Sante Spa
[A version of this article appears in the March 2015 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.]
Where to Go Shopping in Victoria
Whether you're looking for antique treasures, locally made bath and beauty products or unique clothing, Victoria delivers. Shop for retro treasures at Zeitgeist Vintage Store, buy records at The Turntable in Fan Tan Alley and pick up some cool stationary at The Regional Assembly of Text.