8 stops including the Top of Victoria!
Total Walking Tour Distance: About 1.5 km (1 mile) over the course of 5 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 walking tour in Victoria - 8 breathtaking locations that highlight the incredible beauty along the coastline of greater Victoria. Pick up from your hotel for this walking tour is 9 a.m. or a little earlier depending on the time of year (check our online calendar for times). Our first walking tour stop is only 7 minutes from downtown hotels - stroll along a breakwater that goes out to the ocean almost 0.5 km - we might see seals, otters, jellyfish, 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. Our next walking tour stop brings us to a rock beach with lots of driftwood - an artist has made 3 driftwood sculptures (an octopus, whale, and a turtle) and 1 very large piece of driftwood has some great native carvings in it. A few minutes away you'll walk on a stunning crescent beach out onto a peninsula - sit in the blue, red, and yellow deck chairs on the edge of the ocean and take it all in! The next walking tour stop is a jewel unknown even to many locals - a short walk 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.
Our 6th walking tour stop offers the best sea level views of Mount Baker in greater Victoria, along with the Olympic Mountains to the south. There are many places to walk and explore, and we might see otters, seals, herons, eagles, and maybe even a sea lion. When the tide is out, the shoreline is even more incredible!
Another short drive takes us through some of Victoria’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, towards our next walking tour stop, which is a 450 acre wilderness park in greater Victoria (its big!). We access a trail from a residential neighbourhood and immediately you are immersed in a towering Douglas Fir forest (it smells amazing...), with some trees that are 350 years old. After the forest walk, maybe you have worked up an appetite - if you like, we can take out the best Fish and Chips (or the best wraps) in Victoria - then drive to the top of a small mountain and have lunch at a secluded area. On clear days you will get superb views of Mount Baker, and there is rarely anyone else there! Last, but not least, we will walk up a short, paved incline 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, the mountains close to Whistler, Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, and maybe even the largest mountain in the Pacific Northwest - Mount Rainer - about 212 km (132 miles) away!