For a more vigorous workout, head for Bear Hill Regional Park. Just as Victorians can be proud of their lengthy , so too can they brag about the beauty of the. The 19 kilometres of day-hiking trails provide access to unique historical sites on the island while enjoying excellent views of the Strait of Georgia. At heart of this park are some the largest Douglas fir that remain on the south coast of Vancouver Island, as well as a mix of grand fir, western red cedar, Garry oak, and arbutus. The Brown's Beach to Rocky Bluff portion is an eight-kilometer return-trip hike along the ocean and through rainforest and is also worth doing.
When the tide is out, look carefully from the promontory at the south end of the nature trail and you may be able to discern an ancient V-shaped rock fishing weir, fashioned by Indians of the Sliammon Nation. Logging was carried out in this forest from the 1920s to the 1950s, and the Snowden Demonstration Forest is in various stages of recovery. The trail stretches 75 kilometers, from south of Port Renfrew to Bamfield, and can be done in either direction. Another, more challenging section of the trail runs one way along the edge of dramatic rocky cliffs, offering fantastic views of the powerful Pacific Ocean pounding the shore. Located in the Highlands region, there is a 360-degree view from the top as you can see towards Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, Scafe Hill, and Thetis Lake Regional Park. If you are interested in a more advanced trail, consider the 23-kilometer one-way Cape Scott Trail, or the North Coast Trail, a 43-kilometer add-on to the Cape Scott Trail.
How to Access the Trailhead: Distance from Downtown Victoria: 19 km 4. Some of the best trails are on Hornby Island and lead around. It is a 77 km trek through the wilderness. Take Canal Road west where it divides and continue a short distance to the trailhead for Mount Norman Park part of Gulf Islands National Park. They serve as canopy for travelers and make the trip enjoyable.
The completion times of the hikes are estimates and will, naturally, vary per individual, ability and weather conditions. Hikes are generally short but deliver big rewards when it comes to scenery. Long branches from two groves of Douglas fir spread like muscled arms above each end of the trail. At the base of Mount Washington, Paradise Meadows is a short and easy 4. Great Central Lake is the trailhead for the Della Falls Trail.
You need to make reservations for this particular trip. It takes you up the Elk River Valley to scenic Landslide Lake, where surrounding mountains reflect in the calm waters. The foot passenger ferry will transport bicycles to and from Newcastle Island. The is a strenuous 77-kilometre trail originally developed as a life saving trail for shipwrecked mariners. There are different trailheads, but hiking from China Beach to Botanical Beach makes for an epic multi-day trek. The trail leads hikers through abundant second-growth forest with a few spectacular examples of old-growth Sitka spruce and Douglas fir on the east side of Menzies Creek to a viewpoint of the treacherous waters in Seymour Narrows.
You can access the trail from China Beach, Sombrio Beach, and Port Renfrew, near Botanical Beach. Visits in October allow you to see spawning salmons. Besides the incredible views, one of the highlights is passing the area where the Petroglyphs were carved into the rock by the Coast Salish peoples hundreds of years ago. Do not underestimate how quickly you can get into remote and wild terrain. This area is frequently wet and cool, creating slippery conditions and the risk of hypothermia.
Enchanted Forest Trail easy; 2. The Merriman trail includes climbing a mountain to have a spectacular 360 degree vista of the surrounding areas including the majestic Mount Douglas Beach. Although not well marked, the trail is easy to locate. Enjoy the 10 km long rough and rugged coast trail with pocket beaches and tide pools where you can watch otters or scuba dive. Randy Stoltman Grove, Carmanah Walbran Park, Vancouver Island Location: Central Vancouver Island The rugged wilderness areas, glaciers, snowfields and mountains of Strathcona Park provide endless opportunities for day hiking and multi-day backpacking trips. Courtenay provides access to the Forbidden Plateau and Paradise Meadows areas of the park, and a series of trails providing easy access for day or overnight hikers.
Each hike will indicate if dogs are allowed. The entire trail is 47 kilometers and generally takes three to four days to complete. The bridge now allows hikers and bikers to see more of The Cowichan Valley Trail and Trans Canada Trail. These trails take the hiker into the fascinating and beautiful world of the coastal environment. The Gold Mine Trail, on the other hand, leads to Niagara Creek and reveals a railway trestle and an old gold mine shaft. Notify me of new posts by email.
When you hike the trails in in North Saanich, you are following some of oldest in the provincial park system. The grand purpose of the project is to further protect the remaining natural spaces that surround the ever-expanding city. The San Jose Bay Trail is an easy five-kilometer round-trip hike, which takes you out to San Josef Bay, an area of beach, rocky shoreline with tidal pools, and sea stacks. It is best to confirm the current trail conditions before heading out. The times offered, however, are meant to be generous. In just 2km, the trail climbs over 400 meters before returning 2km back down the challenging slope. Wild rose blossoms perfume the breezes that blow among the gnarled, smooth-skinned limbs of arbutus trees.