9 stops including the Top of Victoria!
Total Walking Tour Distance: About 1 km (0.6 miles)
Altitude Gain: About 30 meters (100 feet)
Difficulty: Easy (able to walk up short inclines comfortably)!
Required Equipment: Walking or running shoes (no sandals please). Light jacket depending on weather.
Pick up from your hotel is at 9 a.m. Our first tour stop is a breakwater that goes out to a lighthouse almost 1 km into the ocean! Close by is a massive Sequoia Tree - a short walk then takes us to the amazing "Moss Lady" (see the gallery photo!). The next stop brings us to a rock beach with driftwood everywhere (1 large piece has some great native carvings on it!). A few minutes away you'll walk on a peninsula with a crescent beach and wonderful sea level ocean views. The next tour stop is a jewel unknown even to many locals - a stroll up a slight hill provides stunning views of Trial Island, Mount Baker, the Juan De Fuca Strait and the snow capped Olympic Mountains. We’ll throw in a dash of Vancouver Island’s fascinating history along the way.
Oak Bay is the next tour stop, where you will have a very good chance of seeing resident harbour seals and feeding them too (not guaranteed, but they are there often and you can get pretty darn close)!
Our 6th walking tour stop offers spectacular sea level views of the ocean and mountains to the east and south. There are many places to walk and explore - you might even be entertained by a virtuoso playing a piano on the beach!
Another short drive takes us through some of Victoria’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, towards our next walking tour stop where we will be immersed in a towering Douglas Fir forest (it smells amazing!). Last, but not least we drive to the Top of Victoria, and you’ll be treated to 360° vistas of the city, the Gulf and San Juan Islands, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. On clear days you can see the B.C. Coastal Mountains near Vancouver, Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, and maybe even Mount Rainer, about 170 km (100 miles) away!