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Mount Douglas Park
If you’re after a workout or some quiet reflection, head to Mount Douglas Park. A short drive from downtown, this urban hiking fave offers more than 20 kilometres of woodsy trails — from easy peasy walks to steep scrambles.
The road to the top (Churchill Drive) is closed to vehicles until noon, so the pavement walkers grinding it out have free rein. If you’re a cyclist, the 1.5 km ascent makes for a gnarly climb.
On a clear day, expect sensational views of the Saanich Peninsula, Gulf and San Juan Islands and Cascade and Olympic Mountains from the summit lookout.
Dallas Road and Cook Street Village
For an easy stroll closer to downtown, head for the Dallas Road waterfront.
A spectacular cliff-top pathway winds the 3.5 kilometres from Ogden Point to Ross Bay and stairs at intervals beckon you down to the beach. Recline amidst the driftwood and listen to the waves roll in.
The Cook and Dallas intersection is a people-watching paradise, the place where everyone in Victoria meets: visitors, locals, dog walkers, first daters, beachcombers, kitesurfers and paragliders. It’s no wonder: some of the best views in the city are found right here. On a warm day, there’s nothing like the sweep of Juan de Fuca Strait and the epic views of Washington’s Olympic Mountains.
If you want to do this stroll Victoria-style, pick up a coffee in Cook Street Village — the centre of patio culture and home to cafés, restaurants and collectible shops — then walk down to the water java in hand.
On your way back downtown, wander through Beacon Hill Park, with its giant trees, fantastic blooms and cheeky peacocks.