As fall takes nature by storm, rustling through the branches and turning trees into colourful pieces of art, Victoria's parks become a great retreat from the hustle of the city. Discover the different shades of yellow, orange and brown one of these beautiful fall walks.

Selkirk Trestle Photo: Cath Povaschuk 

Selkirk Trestle

Originally constructed by the Canadian National Railway, the Selkirk Trestle bridges the Gorge waterway and lies just outside of downtown Victoria. From the trestle you can also observe Victoria's upper harbour from a distance. The long wooden bridge is a sight in itself; see how the plank is raised by hand. Retreat from the city for a little fall walk along the Gorge and the Galloping Goose Trail and enjoy Victoria's vibrant autumn colours.

Thetis Lake

Welcome to serenity, just 15 minutes outside of downtown Victoria. A network of trails connects Thetis Lake to smaller lakes and streams in this large regional park. Spend an afternoon strolling along the scenic lake trails and bring a snack to enjoy at the beach. Alternatively, you could make it a full day hiking adventure and get lost in Victoria's wilderness. You can also spend a night at the Thetis Lake Campground if you want to be the first in the morning to hike panoramic hills in the park.

Ancient Douglas firs in Goldstream Park

Goldstream Park

For a truly unique fall experience, visit Goldstream Park. Hundreds of salmon make their way up stream, a feast no eagle will miss. Bring a pair of binoculars to view the gracious royals of the air up close. Explore the large network of trails to view majestic waterfalls, a lively stream and 600-year old Douglas firs. For a more strenuous hike climb Greater Victoria's highest peak, Mt. Finlayson. Be sure to pack a camera as the panoramic views of Bear Mountain, Victoria, the Olympic Mountains and, on clear days, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier in southern Washington will leave you breathless.

Clear water running through Sooke’s Potholes 

Sooke Potholes

For an adventure further away from the city, drive through lush forests to the Sooke Potholes. These rare geological formations created deep, smooth rock pools of the clearest fresh water. Walk up river from one pool to the next and, if you can brave the cold, take a quick dip at the beach to wake up all of your senses. It's a magical world that will make you forget the stress of your daily grind.