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Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures

03.23.17

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  • The north side of Hatley Castle and Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • The south side of Hatley Castle and Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Hatley Castle and Park National Historic Site.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • A Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) at Hatley Castle and Park National Historic Site.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Unidentified flower species at Hatley Castle and Park National Historic Site.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • The Sunken Gardens, at Butchart Gardens, used to be an old limestone quarry.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Lantana blooms in the Butchart Gardens.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Lacecap hydrangeas in bloom in the Butchart Gardens.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • The Rose Carousel in the Butchart Gardens.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Bright summer dahlia blooms in Butchart Gardens.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Totem pole at Butchart Gardens carved by Tsartlip and Tsawout First Nations' artists.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • The Star Pond in the Butchart Gardens.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Fuschia at Butchart Gardens.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Whiffen Spit.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Evening light at Whiffen Spit Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Beautiful colors at sunset at Whiffen Spit.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • A kayaker getting ready for a sunset paddle at Whiffen Spit.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Stone bridge in Beacon Hill Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Owl in Beacon Hill Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Peacock in Beacon Hill Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Beacon Hill Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Beacon Hill Park Story Pole. - Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Cedar Story Pole in Beacon Hill Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Island View Beach is a great place to fly a kite.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Island View Beach.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Mount Baker peeks through the clouds at sunset, as seen from Island View Beach.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • The pink sunset reflects beautifully off of the water at Island View Beach.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Dramatic clouds during sunset at Island View Beach.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Sook Potholes.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • A family of otters playing in the crystal clear water.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Sooke Potholes Regional Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • View from the Coast Trail, East Sooke Park.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Petroglyph from the Coast Salish First Nation.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Beechey Head marker stone on the Coast Trail.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • The Coast Trail.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • A beach on the Coast Trail.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Niagara Falls.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • It's common to see people trespassing on the Goldstream Trestle Bridge.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Enjoying the view from the top of Mount Finlayson.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Great views from Mount Finlayson of majestic Mount Baker to the east.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • The beach at Witty's Lagoon.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • A Great Blue Heron fishing in the small waves off of the beach.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Ducks in a row at Witty's Lagoon.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Near Witty's Lagoon there are some fruit trees along the trail.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
  • Sitting Lady Falls at Witty's Lagoon.- Victoria B.C.'s Best Adventures
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Not exactly undisturbed, but not yet entirely discovered, Vancouver is an island treasure of outdoor adventure, and Victoria is its gateway. The city has been listed as one of the most livable in the world. It is one of the oldest in the Pacific Northwest, established in 1843. At the southern tip of Vancouver Island, it enjoys one of the mildest climates in Canada and is home to long, dry summers not found on another island at the fiftieth parallel.

Most importantly, just outside of city limits are the familiar Pacific Northwestern forests of Douglas fir and madrone, which are ranged by the Vancouver Island wolf, a species found nowhere else on the planet. The island's beaches host some of the best surf on the West Coast, and its mountainous interior holds vast stretches of old growth forest to explore and enjoy. Here are some of the best!

  • Hatley Castle + Park: Built in 1906 for Lieutenant Governor James Dunsmuir, an influential politician who built the site in the style of Scottish barons. Magnificent architecture showcases magnificent vistas of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • Butchart Gardens: The 55-acre botanical garden features more than 900 varieties of plant species from around the world. Over a century old, the park changes in small ways every season to alter its appearance.
  • Beacon Hill Park: Offering walking paths, carvings created by First Nations peoples, and the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm, among more regular beach attractions.
  • Island View Beach: Lesser known, Island View offers calm waters and an east-facing view of Mount Baker and the Haro Strait. Come for birdwatching. The beach features a 47-site campground.
  • Sooke Potholes: Swimming holes, waterfalls, and forest hikes among the arboreal giants are offered here, made all the better by the unique rock formations of the riverbed carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Watch for otters!
  • Coast Trail, Aylard Farm to Beechey Head: part of East Sooke Regional Park, the Coast Trail is a 6-mile stretch that parallels the coast, and one of Victoria’s best day hike options. Views of the Olympic Peninsula abound, as does the avian wildlife and First Nation petroglyphs.
  • Whiffen Spit: At Sooke Harbor, the spit offers a short, easy walk to a lighthouse. Well developed, it offers an ideal beach for walks and sunsets. It is also prime birdwatching habitat.
  • Niagara Falls + Goldstream Trestle: A great half-day hike to a charming waterfall and trestle bridge above Niagara Creek Canyon. Views of Mount Finlayson.
  • Mount Finlayson: Victoria’s counterpoint to Vancouver’s Grouse Grind is a killer ascent for the fitness minded—about 1,200 feet over 1.25 miles. Views, of course, are the reward, as is the sense of accomplishment.
  • Witty’s Lagoon: Come for the beach, but stick around for the myriad other attractions: the bird life, apple trees that mature late in the summer, and waterfalls. 
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