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Victoria BC parks & trails
|Beacon Hill Park: A garden park located in downtown Victoria since 1882 near the Inner Harbour. Beacon Hill Park is often the highlight of many naturalist who visit Victoria, BC. The 200+ acres is a well landscaped floral garden with ponds and two lakes. beacon Hill Park is meticulously cared for with groomed walking trails throughout the park crossing over bridges looking out over over lakes and ponds.
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|Elk/Beaver Lake Park: Two lakes attached at the hip. Elk/Beaver Lake Park has a beach, some shaded picnic areas, a wheel chair accessible dock and some 15 km ( 9 miles ) of casual walking, jogging and horse back trails. Kayakers, canoes and fisherman use the lakes regularly. Elk Lake is the home to the Canadian Rowing Team. Ya... go Canada! Elk/Beaver Lake Park is located, just, north of downtown Victoria BC in Saanich off Hwy #1. [ more information about Elk/Beaver Lake Park ... ]|
|Roche Cove: Roche Cove Regional Park is comprised of 117 hectares of cedar forests, fallen underbrush and marine landscapes. The park's cedar scent from the trees escapes into the air consuming your every breath. The 7 kilometre Roche Cove Trail winds its way along a creek bed attracting small wildlife to the wooded shorelines and many to the skies above. [ more information about Roche Cove ... ]|
Regional Park Trail. Previous a railway route but today the Galloping Goose is Victoria's best commuting trails to see the city of Victoria and many of its parks and municipalities by foot, bike or horseback. The Galloping Goose Trail covers 55 kilometres from Sooke to Sidney, BC. The trail received its name because the route use to be used by a Passenger car transporting people from Sidney to Sooke in the 1920s. The Galloping Goose Trail has many access points between Sooke and Sidney.
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Park: A park which is home to the annual Salmon spawning run. Goldstream Park has trails and an Interpretive centre located north of Victoria on the #1 Hwy towards Duncan. At Goldstream Park, past the old wooden bridge and up the road is the trailhead to the Mount Finlayson Trail. The trail leads up to
the top of Mt. Finlayson with views of Victoria and Shawnigan Lake. Goldstream Park is located off of Hwy #1 north at 697 Goldstream Avenue, Victoria,BC.
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|Dallas Road: Walk, bike along the paved trail or take a scenic drive along the roads following the shoreline, beaches of Dallas Road which starts in James Bay. In the warm months Dallas Road it is a popular area for kite flying, jogging, biking, sun tanning and wind surfing. During the colder winter months the Dallas Road breakwater starts pounding the shores because of the storms making for great storm watching weather. Dallas Road takes you from Beach Drive to Ross Bay, into the Oak Bay Community. Dallas Road is accessed by many connecting roads. Head for Beacon Hill Park and you are close to the south end of Dallas Road.|
|Inner Harbour, Downtown Victoria: The hub of activity in Victoria BC. The Inner Harbour is home to some of the most popular attractions in Victoria, BC. The Inner Harbour is also home to our BC Provincial Parliament Buildings. The Inner Harbour in the summer months, turns into an artists and musician exhibition along the bottom walkway on the sea wall and is also the location of the landing point for some of the US bound ferries. The marina at the harbour has often many yachts and sailboats to admire. Just down the road are the unique shops on Government street. The Inner Harbour is located downtown Victoria. Just follow the ocean.|
|Mount Work Regional Park: One of the largest regional parks at 536 hectares with over 11 kilometres of walking trails leading to the summit of Mount Work overlooking Victoria and Saanich. There are three fresh water lakes, Durrance, Fork and Pease Lake, with some waterfall views in the right season . Durrance Lake is easiest to access and ideal for picnics, swimming and fly fishing. Mount Work Heartland is a separate area for mountain bikers. The Summit Trail of Mount Work travels along the whole park north to south. Mount Work Regional Park is located at Willis Point Road in the Highlands, Victoria, BC.|
|Bear Hill Park: 114 acres of hiking, jogging and horse back riding trails. Hilltop trails made of some of the oldest geological formations on Vancouver Island, BC. Bear Hill Park has colors galore when the flowers bloom in spring and early summer. Bear Hill Park is located in North Saanich, BC.|
|Gonzales Hill Regional Park: In the middle of Victoria, BC is the 2 hectare parkland of Gonzales Hill Park established in 1992. The views up on the hilltop of Gonzales Hill span out over Victoria, the Juan de Fuca Strait, The Olympic Mountains and Sooke Hills. It is one of the highest points on the south of Vancouver Island. There are Gerry Oak trees and wildflowers plus the heritage building of the Gonzales Hill Observatory. Located on Dennison Road, off of Beach Drive, Oak Bay, BC.|
|Mount Douglas Park. Some of the best views of Victoria, Saanich and the US Olympic and Cascade Mountains. The trails are lined with Douglas Fir trees and Cedar Trees as it works it way up to the summit at 227 metres. Some trails are elevation trails while others are level walking beach view trails. The trek is well worth it as the views are 360 degrees. Mount Douglas Park is located off of Royal Oak Drive next door to Haro Strait, Cordova Bay Road or Glendenning Road.|
|Lone Tree Hil: At the summit of this small park, stand beside a line bonsai-like Douglas fir and view the Malahat, the Highlands, Victoria, and the distant Olympics. Discover rare and beautiful plants nestled in the steep, dry rock faces. For the birders you have Home to Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Turkey Vultures riding the winds.|
|Francis/King Regional Park. 113 hectare park loaded with over 11 kilometres of gentle groomed trails for all ages and abilities. Frances/King Regional trail also has a naturalist information centre onsite with a meeting room. The Francis/King trail system connects to the Thetis Lake trails and park. The Francis/King trail is filled with lush forests and wildflowers. Francis/King Regional Park is located on Munn Road in Saanich, BC. 13 km west of downtown Victoria.|
|French Beach: A very popular beach for families and locals in the summer time just located outside of Victoria near Port Renfrew, BC. Many families and groups take advantage of the short trail from the parking lot to the beach for an opportunity to go swimming and spend a day in the sun. All year people come to French Beach to watch wildlife change with the seasons. There are often photographers and bird watchers with binoculars hoping to catch a sighting of their favourite marine moment.
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|Sidney Spit Marine Park: Sidney Spit Provincial Park is a marine park with long sandy beaches, a shallow tide with a ton of marine wildlife surviving in their natural habitat supplying hours of wildlife watching enjoyment. Sidney Spit covers 223 hectares of foreshore and 177 hectares of upland landscape. Because the Spit is a marine park it is a popular destination for boaters, kayakers and beach wilderness campers.
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|Ruckle Park: Ruckle Provincial Park is one of the rocky shoreline parks of the southern Gulf Islands. A short BC Ferry ride away, Ruckle Park is located on one of the nearby islands. It is an experience for the soul well worth the trip. An opportunity to explore the 480 plus hectare park observing the marine world of the Pacific Ocean. Ruckle Provincial Park spans out over 7 kilometres along the coastline of Salt Spring Island overlooking Swanson Channel. The rocky clefts, the abundance of tidal pools and the echoes of waves crashing the shores is enough to bring a smile to anyone's face.
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|Witty's Lagoon. Waterfalls and beaches to run and play. Trails to explore. Take Sooke Rd to Metchosin Rd.|
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