9 stops including the Top of Victoria!
Total Walking Tour Distance: About 1.5 km (1 mile) over the course of 4 hours
Altitude Gain: About 30 meters (100 feet)
Difficulty: Easy (able to walk up short inclines comfortably - we've had folks in wheelchairs on tour with us).
Required Equipment: Walking or running shoes (no sandals please). Light jacket depending on weather.
This is among the best value for any tour in Victoria - 9 breathtaking locations that highlight the incredible beauty along the coastline of greater Victoria. Pick up from your hotel is 9 a.m. or a little earlier depending on the time of year (check our online calendar for times). Our first tour stop is only 7 minutes from downtown hotels - a breakwater that goes out to a lighthouse almost 0.5 km into the ocean - we might see seals, otters or even an octopus! Close by is a a beautiful park with a massive Sequoia Tree - a short walk takes us to the amazing "Moss Lady" (see gallery photos), and there are peacocks everywhere. The next stop brings us to a rock beach with lots of driftwood - 1 large piece has some great native carvings on it. A few minutes away you'll walk on a stunning crescent beach out onto a peninsula - sit in the blue and red deck chairs on the edge of the ocean and take it all in! 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 (a 3,300 meter/11,000 foot somewhat active volcano), 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 7th walking tour stop offers spectacular sea level views of Mount Baker to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the 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. 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 212 km (132 miles) away!