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Top Places to See Fall Foliage Around Greater Victoria

Posted on September 3, 2019

Beacon Hill Park

Located about a ten minute walk from the Inner Harbour, Beacon Hill Park is a downtown oasis of lush gardens, picturesque ponds, and meandering walkways. Here, you'll be treated to fall colours alongside roaming peacocks, cheeky ducks and singing birds. 
Image by @abrulfer

University of Victoria

The University of Victoria boasts a wonderfully scenic campus with huge trees, sprawling green spaces and several large totem poles. You'll see fall colours all through "the quad," located in the centre of campus between the library and arts buildings. Take a stroll along tree-lined Ring Road and make sure to check out the cultivated Finnerty Gardens. For an immersive forest experience right on campus, opt for a nature walk through Mystic Vale. 


Cowichan Valley Trail


Explore this multi-use trail, a part of The Great Trail route on Southern Vancouver Island and admire the autumnal hues that transform this trail into an incredible sight in the fall.

Cowichan Valley Trail
Image by @nat_venture


Hatley Castle & Gardens

If you've ever looked up images of Victoria (or watched X-Men or Deadpool), you'll likely recognize Hatley Castle and Gardens. A National Historic Site of Canada, the castle was commissioned to be built by the Dunsmuir family (also the former owners and residents of Craigdarroch Castle) and was completed in 1908. Its surrounding grounds include a rose garden, an Italian garden, a huge greenhouse, and a Japanese garden that's especially pretty during the fall season. 
Hatley Castle and Gardens Colwood BC

The Butchart Gardens

A classic Victoria attraction, The Butchart Gardens are beautful at any time of year. During the autumn season, shades of orange, crimson and gold come to the forefront and create a spectacular view through the Sunken Garden and Japanese Gardens. We recommend spending at least a few hours meandering the grounds, snapping photos along the way, before treating yourself to afternoon tea at The Dining Room Restaurant. 
 Image: The Butchart Gardens Sunken Garden
  Image: The Butchart Gardens Japanese Garden
Image by @afrederia7


Goldstream Provincial Park

Just 25 minutes north of Victoria's city centre, Goldstream Provincial Park is a great place to enjoy a morning or afternoon adventure. Take a leisurely walk along the forest floor toward the Goldstream Nature House, and keep an eye out for bald eagles along the way! Beginning on October 30, you can opt for a guided Salmon Run Tour with, which includes a guided walk of the park, a drive up to see views of Finalyson Arm from the top of the Malahat, and a visit to “Little Niagara Falls.” You’ll also have the option of adding a short hike to the Goldstream Trestle, which is a fantastic spot for photo-ops.
 Image: Goldstream Provincial Park, via Ian Terris Photography

Mount Douglas Park

Hop on the bus or take a short drive to Saanich (about 15 minutes from downtown) and park at the base of Mount Douglas Park. With clear signage and multiple hiking trails that vary from easy to intense, you can choose whichever one suits you. Tip: The trails are super dog-friendly! Keep your pooch on a leash and bring them along for the adventure. 
 Image: @urbanwhalewatching on Instagram

Salt Spring Island


A short ferry ride from Swartz Bay will bring you to Salt Spring Island, a beautiful oasis for artists and creatives that burts with colour in the fall. Explore this scenic island, find local hangouts and immerse yourself in the quaintness of island life. 

Image by @nat_venture via Instagram


Gowlland Todd Provincial Park


With a plethora of hikes to choose from that can either bring you to the top of mountains or down to sea level, discover these forested trails popping with colour.


Juan De Fuca 


Starting at just over an hour outside of Victoria, these coastal trails along the Juan De Fuca Straight will bring you through some unimaginable foliage.

Image by @kristarobertsgeary


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