Top Five Outdoor Activities
With the mildest climate in the country, Victoria is Canada's destination for year-round outdoor adventure. The city's beauty and natural surroundings inspire people to get outdoors and get active. Victoria provides incredibly easy access to endless scenic trails and sites that incorporate mountains, old-growth rainforests and ocean shores. Here are the top five outdoor activities regularly enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
According to the Government of Canada (Statistics Canada 2011), Victoria is the cycling capital of Canada. More people commute by bicycle per capita than any other Canadian destination, as it is truly the best way to see the city! You can explore Victoria on your own by using the city's many bike lanes and cyclist-friendly streets or along the Galloping Goose and Lochside Regional trails - a massive trail network streching for over 90km from Swartz Bay ferry terminal all the way to Sooke - or by using one of the following rental and tour companies: CycleBC.ca, Cycle Treks and The Pedaler.
The waters surrounding Victoria are home to an abundance of marine wildlife that are perfect for whale watching. The orca, or killer whale, is the main whale found in the area but gray, humpback and minke whales are also often sighted. Witness it for yourself with one of the city's many whale watching companies. They all launch right from the Inner Harbour!
One of the most peaceful ways to experience Victoria and Vancouver Island is by kayak or canoe. These vessels allow visitors to view the Island from a unique vantage point and venture into many places inaccessible by foot or car. Victoria and its surrounding area is considered to have some of the best kayaking in the world. Visit our member listings for more information about renting a kayak or to schedule a lesson or tour.
Victoria itself is a very walkable city, but if you are looking for more than just a stroll through the streets there are plenty of hiking and walking trails. Some of the most popular parks for hiking are located no more than thirty minutes from the downtown core and include Goldstream Provincial Park, Mount Douglas Regional Park and East Sooke Regional Park. For a guided hike, consider using the services of a company like R&T Rainforest Tours.
Experience the sensation of flying while getting up close and personal with a majestic west coast forest with Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours and WildPlay Element Parks. AdrenaLine offers a number of ziplines - ranging from 50 metres to 700 metres - and exciting tours such as Full Moon Zips, while WildPlay offers several challenging high ropes courses, perfect for unleashing your inner daredevil!