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Top of Gowlland Tod Hike in Victoria

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    What to Expect
    After morning pickup from your Victoria hotel, travel with your photographer-guide for about 19 miles (30 km) outside of the city to begin your hike inside Gowlland Tod Park. Remember to wear hiking boots or good hiking/running shoes (no sandals please), and a light jacket, depending on weather.

    Upon arrival at the park, start with a steady climb before the trail plateaus, giving you a nice view of Finlayson Arm, the fjord that juts into Vancouver Island near Victoria.


    Walk through Arbutus and grand fir trees, as your trek resumes uphill. Then, leave the main trail and descend to a rock platform. The last stretch gets you to the top, or about 1,400 feet (430 meters) above sea level. On clear days you can see Finlayson Arm, the small mountains in front of Victoria, the Juan De Fuca Strait, and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.


    You’ll cover 3.6 miles (6 km) and 650 feet (200 meters) of elevation gain. Along the way, hear historical background from your guide. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel, and you will be emailed a professional-level photo of your hiking journey.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Any Victoria location
    • Professional photographer guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
    • Entry/Admission - Gowlland Tod Provincial Park
    • Lunch
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Required Equipment: hiking boots or good hiking/running shoes (no sandals please). Light jacket depending on weather.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    This past August we visited Victoria B.C. and along with the usual very enjoyable attractions we booked 2 excursions with Hike Victoria. Both were excellent and both were facilitated by Mark Vukobrat. Mark is a photographer and an experienced hiker who loves to share his
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    Response from Mark V, Owner at Top of Gowlland Tod Hike in Victoria
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hello Getaway443755: it's not often that a couple does 2 tours with me in 2 days - really pleased you had such a good time on both of them and thanks so much for the Review! Looking forward to seeing you on your return to Victoria...Best, Mark
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    Our first time in Victoria and we wanted a good hiking experience. The Gowlland Tod hike and our guide Mark was everything we could have asked for. This guy is a lot of fun, very knowledgeable and set just the right pace for us. He has done this hike hundreds of times and yet
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    Response from Mark V, Owner at Top of Gowlland Tod Hike in Victoria
    Responded 1 week ago
    Gil8604 - thanks so much for this wonderful Review! You and your wife are about the nicest folks I've had in a long time and it was an absolute pleasure guiding you. Glad you enjoyed yourselves and the photos - it would be great if our paths crossed again! Best, Mark
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    This was a fantastic trip, lovely views and a very knowledgeable guide. Amazing photography as well.
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    Response from Mark V, Owner at Top of Gowlland Tod Hike in Victoria
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi Abbie: thanks for taking the time to do this short but sweet review of the Top of Gowlland Tod Hike. Glad you enjoyed it and the photos! Best, Mark
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    Mark makes the whole process very easy. He picked us up, took us there, guided us up/down and returned us to our hotel, brilliant. The walk was very good, if sometimes too many stops on the way up for my wife and I, but the scenery was just beautiful. The walking was not too
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    Response from Mark V, Owner at Top of Gowlland Tod Hike in Victoria
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi Trip: thanks for this lovely review! Glad you enjoyed yourselves despite the number of stops...you folks are probably fitter than most of my guests and I paced the hike for people in our group that day who were somewhat less fit than you...one of my objectives is get everyone back to the city with still lots of energy to enjoy a nice dinner out! Glad you enjoyed the photos as well....Best to you both! Mark
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    If you are visiting Victoria and want to experience nature and it's surrounds this tour is a must! I wanted an activity that gave me the opportunity to enjoy my interests plus give me a chance to see something different during my visit. From beginning when I first contacted Mark
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 5h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English
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