Eat and walk your way through British Columbia’s iconic capital, while soaking in Victoria’s breathtaking views, quaint neighborhoods, and thriving food scene.
The following walks are the perfect way get in your steps without even feeling like its work. So, pack your walking shoes. Bring a camera. (A lightweight one is probably preferable.) And get ready to hit the trails for a lovely, calorie burning adventure!
West Song Walkway
Also known as the Songhees Walkway, this nearly 4-mile trail runs from the Johnson Street bridge to the West Bay Marina. Fully paved and flat, it’s ideal for a leisurely stroll. Bordering the harbor, the trail is speckled with benches and picnic tables, for those who want to take a rest.
Wildlife can often be seen, particularly at Lime Bay Park and Branard Park, two public parks nestled against the shore. Near the Johnson Street bridge, you’ll pass the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort. Its waterside patio makes for a fabulous spot to grab a drink during the summer.
If beer is more your flavor, at nearly the halfway mark you’ll find Spinnakers, Victoria’s first gastropub. Their house-brewed selection includes a variety of full-flavored sours, lagers, and IPAs.
Iron Mine Bay
West of Victoria, at the edge of in East Sooke Park, Iron Mine Bay borders the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Its shores offer sweeping views of Washington State’s Olympic National Park. The walk from the Pike Road parking lot is an easy one. Just under two miles, it passes through a beautiful stretch of rainforest and gradually descends to the rocky beach.
In addition to being a relatively easy walk, the path to Iron Mine Bay isn’t generally crowded. You’ll be able to enjoy mother nature without feeling like your constantly brushing stranger’s elbows. While there are no restaurants out at the beach, it does make for a lovely picnic spot.
Dallas Road Waterfront Trail
The Dallas Road Waterfront Trail runs from Clover Point Park to Holland Point Park on the south side of Victoria. It offers sweeping views of the Olympic Peninsula, where snow-capped mountains rest above Port Angeles. Spanning just 1.3 miles, it’s an easy walk without huge hill climbs.
David Foster Harbour Path
The David Foster Harbour Path offers the ultimate Inner Harbour experience. It runs from Rock Bay, located just a few blocks south of Victoria’s Chinatown, all the way to Ogden Point, which borders the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Victoria’s southern edge.
The trail takes you past the Victoria Seaplane Terminal, iconic Fairmont Empress, and historic Parliament Buildings. It meanders around Laurel Point, past some of the city’s most impressive marinas, and by the large cruise ships.
One of the highlights of the path is Fisherman’s Wharf. This quaint treasure is the perfect place to sample fresh seafood, shop for gifts, and see one of the city’s floating home communities.
Beacon Hill ParkSpanning 62 acres, Beacon Hill Park offers a plethora of walking paths in the heart of downtown Victoria. This quiet city escape is particularly beautiful during the spring, when the grounds are lush with flowers and the petting zoo is open.
A wide variety of wildlife call the park home, including ducks, peacocks, turtles, and Great Blue Herons. Before your walk, consider ducking into Caffee Fantastico, located at the Parkside Hotel just two blocks away. Making some of the best coffee in Victoria, they also offer a scrumptious menu of baked goods and simple sandwiches.
Niagara FallsGoldstream Provincial Park is absolutely majestic. It’s home to 600-year-old Douglas firs and western red cedars. Here the moss grows heavy and the light streams onto the forest floor as though it were plucked from a fairytale.
The highlight of the park is the Niagara Falls, a spectacular 47.5-meter waterfall. To reach the falls, you’ll follow a well-marked trail just off Highway #1. It’s just a 10-minute walk, so it won’t get you tons of steps. But the view will sure make your heart race!
Galloping GooseRegional Trail
This 34-mile trail is one heck of a day-walk. You might just want to do a second of it. But the stunning stretch running from Victoria’s downtown to the seafront community of Sooke is lovely throughout. And if you like to bike, the path is open to cyclists. Named after a passenger train from the 1920s, it follows the former path of the railway line.
DISCOVER MORE VICTORIA BC THINGS TO DO
ictoria is a city rich with historical architectural and beloved rituals – not the least of which is tea. From afternoon tea to high tea, Victorians and visitors celebrate the indulgent reprieve from the hustle and bustle of life.
Remarkable architecture, lush gardens, and a plethora of delectable eateries dishing up some of the best eggs Benedict you’ve ever had make Victoria a must-visit destination.
There’s more to Victoria than the Fairmont Empress and Parliament Buildings. While both of these iconic landmarks are certainly deserving of a visit, B.C.’s quaint capitol is loaded with Instagram-worthy destinations.
When you have just a day to soak up the majestic beauty of Victoria, B.C., don’t let a second go to waste. Hit the streets. Immerse yourself in the culture. And, don’t forget your camera. You’ll want it on this photo walk.