Running in Victoria B.C.There is often no better way to explore Victoria than on foot – or in a pair of running shoes. With one of the best climates in Canada we can run all year round wearing little more than a shirt and shorts or running tights. The fall is a great time of year to explore new routes – the weather is a little cooler and the fall colours can be magnificent. Here are some more favourite running routes. Beacon Hill Park Beacon Hill Park was officially established as a park in 1882.  The 200 acres house beautiful lawns, native trees and abundant wildlife including many different species of ducks, Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons. The park is a favourite spot for runners and the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon runs two loops through the park. There are trails and paths that criss-cross through the park so you can make up your route as you go along. If you want to do a hilly workout just run up to the flagpole and then enjoy the view. Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Lake The 10km trail that circumnavigates Elk and Beaver Lakes is a gem in Victoria. On a warm day it provides shade and on a rainy day, shelter. For those who like running or walking with their dogs it is ideal, with many places for your canine friend to cool off or play fetch. The trail is marked every kilometre so GPS deprived individuals don’t have to worry about knowing how far they have come or how far they have to go. Watch for others enjoying the trail, in particular horses. Dogs can be off leash as long as they are under control. Lochside Trail Lochside Trail is a 29 km trail from Swartz Bay to Victoria. The trail is a mixture of paved paths, shale and road so it has something for everyone. It is also marked every kilometre so you can plan your journey. A favourite route is to park on Lockside Drive off Borden Street and run towards Royal Oak Drive, continuing to Matticks Farm and returning the same way. It is also a favourite for cyclists so if you are running with your dog then it is advisable to leash up.