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SHORT HIKES BY REGIONS

(1-2 hours total)

South Island

Beacon Hill ParkSouth Island

Beacon Hill Park is right close to the downtown area of Victoria covers about 200 acres. It has floral gardens and a wide variety of special and regular trees. Read More…

Dallas RoadSouth Island

There often lots going on here with kite boarders, parasailers and water craft dotted along parts of the trail, especially near James Bay. It is a
favorite local exorcise trail and you will pass
many joggers here. Read More…

Galloping Goose TrailSouth Island

This trail is 55 km in length starting from Sidney to downtown Victoria and then going all the way to Sooke. You can accress many places along the trail and some of them have free parking. Read More…

Mt DouglasSouth Island

Mount Douglas is a great short hike with a small incline and a nice view. On a clear day you can see a snow capped Mount Baker in the distance. Mount Tolmie has some short trails. Read More…

Mount TolmieSouth Island

Mount Tolmie like Mount Doug is an easily accessed mountain in Victoria with 360 degree views of the city and ocean. There are some short trails, picnic tables set up and some great surrounding views. Read More…

Ogden Point BreakwaterSouth Island

A walk often missed by visitors, the Ogden Point breakwater is a short drive from downtown or about a 20 minute walk from Victoria’s Harbour. The views are great and you often get a nice saltwater breeze as you walk. Read More…

Thetis LakeSouth Island

Thetis Lake Regional park has a choice of trails to take. The left side of the lake requires a little more energy than the right side, however both sides should be manageable for someone in reasonable condition. Read More…

Witty’s LagoonSouth Island

Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is a network of trails and boardwalks that find their way through a forest of Douglas Fir leading to a quaint little beach at Witty’s Lagoon. Read More…

Central Island

Jack Point Central Island, Nanaimo

The park’s trail provides excellent views of the Nanaimo River estuary, dowtown Nanaimo, Protection Island and Gabriola Island. Most of the 32 acre park is natural and undeveloped with a trail leading from Biggs Park to Jack Point. Read More…

Bowen Park Central Island, Nanaimo

A 36 hectare park in the middle of Nanaimo, Bowen Park is a great wilderness escape with some great interpretive signs giving the perfect self tour. May is great time to come and check out the Rhododendrons in bloom throughout the park. Read More…

Nanaimo Harbour WalkCentral Island, Nanaimo

Close to downtown, the Harbour Walk has a beautiful stone walkway around a park, sea planes, a fountain, and a marina. In the distance you can
see Newcastle Island, another marina looking
north and BC Ferries which comes through
every two hours. Read More…

Neck Point Central Island, Nanaimo

Neck Point is just north of Piper’s Lagoon and is one of the favorite spots in the area. Beautiful rocky bluffs border the ocean and the trail will show you many of the crags along the way. Read More…

Pipers Lagoon Central Island, Nanaimo

One of Nanaimo’s most popular places to hike, Pipers Lagoon has many scenic view points in the 8 hectare park. As you start the trail there is a long pebble beach on your right and a very large shallow lagoon. Read More…

Moorecroft Regional ParkCentral Island, Nanoose

Moorecroft Park is a 79 acres of forest along a beautiful shoreline. The trail hugs about 1 km of ocean and it is an area that includes many types of birds and wildlife. There are picnic spots and a private cove for those wanting. Read More…

Notch HillCentral Island, Nanoose

Nanoose is quite developed and much is covered by a lare golf course and residential development called Fairwinds. Fairwinds has made an effort to protect green space on its outskirts. Read More…

Cathedral GroveCentral Island, Parksville Qualicum

Cathedral Grove is the most famous and accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. This stand of towering trees was a tourist spot as early as the 1920’s before it became a protected park. Read More…

Englishman River FallsCentral Island, Parksville Qualicum

About 15 mins west of Parksville, Englishman River Falls Provincial park is a great place to go for a leisurely stroll with the family in a forested area along the river. There are two waterfalls and some scenic stretches of river heading into a canyon. Read More…

Little Qualicum FallsCentral Island, Parksville Qualicum

One of the favorite destinations for visitors in the Central Island region, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park is on the southern shores of Cameron Lake and the falls are south about 2 km. Read More…

Parksville Walk Central Island, Parksville Qualicum

A beautiful place to stroll up and down the beach, the Parksville waterfront walkway is accessible from the Beach Club Resort along Hwy 19A. Read More…

Rathtrevor BeachCentral Island, Parksville Qualicum

Beautiful ocean sunsets, a sandy beach and old growth Douglas fir trees make Rathtrevor one of the hotspots on Vancouver Island and one of BC’s favorite family destinations. Read More…

Pacific Rim

Chesterman BeachPacific Rim

Rated as one of the top 25 beaches in North
America, it has much more to offer than white
sand an waves. Chesterman Beach is a beautiful
scenic pathway that must be experienced. Read More…

Florencia BayPacific Rim

Nicknamed Flo by locals, Florencia Bay is surrounded by cliffs making a spectacular backdrop to the 6km beach. It is also common to see surfers and paddle boarders here. Read More…

Long BeachPacific Rim

Long beach is officially 16 km long with both hard and soft sand and is the longest sandy beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. If you take out Combers Beach and Wickaninnish Beach it is 10 km of sand the beach seems to go on forever. Read More…

Tonquin BeachPacific Rim

A small scenic beach that doesn’t get as much traffic as other beaches in the Pacific Rim partially because the surrounding protected water makes for small waves keeping the surfing crowd
in other locations. Read More…

Wild Pacific Trail Pacific Rim

The Wild pacific trail is one of Vancouver Island’s prettiest trails and you can take one section which is about 45mins or do the whole trail which is about 8 km long. Read More…

Cowichan

Kinsol TrestleCowichan

The Kinsol Trestle (also known as Koksllah River Trestle) in Cowichan Valley was completed in 1920 and is one of the largest timber bridges in the world. The last train crossed here in 1979, so you don’t have to work about staring down a locomotive. Read More…