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Victoria: An Insider’s Guide
The Ultimate Victoria Travel Guide
There are many things about Victoria that make it one of the nicest places to visit and live in Canada. The wilderness is easily accessible and abundant, the winters are mild, the gardening almost always in bloom, and there is a distinct laid back lifestyle.
In our Victoria travel guide we will help you find the best hikes in Victoria, as well as many of the top attractions to visit on your trip. Below is some Victoria travel information which will help you plan your trip to perfection, including how to get to Victoria and some of the best places to explore.
Victoria is a year round destination in Canada, with the best weather in Canada (if you don’t like winter and crave summer). You can ride a motorbike and gold year round in Victoria, and it rarely snows.
There are tons of incredible dining options and many great breweries and even wineries not too far away. We will list these further down in our featured partners section of the Adventures Canada travel guide to Victoria.
Victoria has a ton of public coastline, which means there are more panoramic walks with beach access than you could possibly explore on your trip to Victoria. Victoria is also a great city for biking and you can get anywhere by bike. Near Victoria you can visit Sooke, Sidney and Port Renfrew, as well as many of the provincial parks nearby.
We hope this insider’s travel guide to Victoria helps you plan the trip of a lifetime!
Top Attractions Near Victoria
Things To Do In Victoria
Where To Go Hiking In Victoria
Victoria Top Hiking Trails- Easy Walks & Small Hikes
Dallas Road Trail
7 km Return
50 m elevation
Dallas Road shoreline trail is one of the best walking trails in Victoria, BC. You can park in any of the lots along Dallas Road and head east or west, wandering along the paved path. You can take the access points down the the water and if you want, you can head along the water’s edge in either direction as well.
4 km Return
145 m Elevation
Mackenzie Bight trail is a scenic walk through a lush forest, following a rushing creek as it flows into the ocean. You descend a trail to the ocean and pop out at a tranquil little cove with options to loop around to the right or the left. This is a great place to find some peace and quiet, and go for a swim if you’d like.
4 km Return
The Westsong Walkway is a fun little stroll in downtown Victoria on the Esquimalt waterfront. The trail starts near the bridge over the harbour inlet and heads West, following the waterfront. This is a lovely walk at any time of day and a great place to take in the hustle and bustle of the harbour. There is a bathroom at the end of the trail.
12 km Return
1160 m Elevation
Wedgemont Hike is a burly but worthwhile hike in Whistler. There is a lot of elevation gain in not a ton of distance, which means it is consitently steep, with a relatively rough trail.
Wedgemont Lake is absolutely gorgeous and the juice is definitely worth the squeeze. The photos you get will make up for the massage therapy you’ll need after your descent.
Best Hiking Trails in Victoria- Big Day Hikes
East Sooke Park
6 km Return
90 m Elevation
The East Sooke Park hiking trails in Victoria are second to none for coastal views and feeling remote. There are chances to spot whales passing by, and plenty of opportunity to spot bald eagles on this hike in Victoria.
There are several options for this trail, starting from the north or south. The most popular area is starting in the south from Aylard Farm and heading north to Beechey Head. You can return along the same trail or head inland to form a loop. Check out the lichen growing on the trees here, which is a sign of really pristine air!
Time: 2 Hours
4 km Return
450 m Elevation
Mount Finlayson hike in Victoria is a great place to escape the hustle of the city and get up high for some spectacular views of the Olympic Peninsula and surrounding wilderness. The Mount Finlayson (or Mt Finn) hike is in Goldstream Provincial Park and you start at the main parking lot off Highway 19.