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429 reviews
Victoria, Canada
About HikeVictoria
Experience the natural beauty of Victoria with a local photographer and long time resident, as he shares with you his favourite vistas and Victoria's hidden gems. Our Natural Beauty Tour offers stunning scenery at 8 stops along our gorgeous coastline (you just have to be able to walk up slight inclines comfortably) - the first stop is only 7 minutes from your downtown hotel, and is among the best value of any Victoria Tour. Our Hike to the Top of Gowlland Tod Park is best short Hike in the area as the views are so spectacular - its moderate in difficulty, but we have had a 3 year old and a 78 year old do it, so you can too! Each tour includes door to door service from your hotel, snack, water, and a professionally taken photo (emailed).
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The coastal city of Victoria is often celebrated for its beauty. Take this 5-hour walking tour, led by a photographer guide, and discover the beauty for yourself. Stop on route to explore various spots in Greater Victoria that showcase the naturally stunning scenery. Follow your guide to some of Victoria's hidden gems with views you need to see to believe. Tour group size is limited to seven people, ensuring a more personal experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Mark is a fabulous host and a wonderful ambassador for Victoria and all its splendor! We highly recommend his tour. His warmth and welcoming disposition makes you feel like you have known him for years. This is a must do while in Victoria. Than You,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Ann Marie D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our family of 4 walked up to the top of Gowlland Tod with Mark on the final day of our 3 week holiday in Canada. During our stay we saw many beautiful sights and had lots of highlights and I have to say the afternoon...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sue B
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Sue: what a lovely review - from a lovely Mom with an equally lovely family! Really enjoyed all of you and I'm so pleased your time with me was among the highlights of your trip to the West Coast. I very much appreciate your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I totally recommend a tour with Hike Victoria! Mark is such an amazing guide and person and will guide you through the most scenographic and panoramic trails of the Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. An experience not to miss if you are looking for breathtaking views...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Emy K
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Emy: great to have you along on the Top of Gowlland Tod Hike with such a nice group. Glad you enjoyed the views, my stories, and the photos! Really appreciate your vote of confidence and it would be wonderful if our paths cross again...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was truly a wonderful day with Mark. He is a master hike and tour leader, a knowledgeable guide, helpful photographer and a pleasure to be with. Our day tour was tailored to what we wanted - per title above. We learned a lot, saw...More

Thank BobW408
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Bob: thanks so much for such a wonderful review - I don't do the Sunrise Natural Beauty Tour (combined with hiking Mount Douglas) very often, but having people like you and your wife, who are so keen and pleasant, makes me want to do...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must do!! This was our favorite day in Victoria Each location we saw made us speechless Thank you for sharing your love of nature with us!!

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Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Really appreciate your review Jllnagge - I always strive to make my guest's experience with me their vacation favourite - glad I was able to achieve this in your case! Thanks so much, Mark

Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip was recommended by the Victoria Tourist Information. It was an ideal trail for non-experienced hikers. Along the path Mark knew a lot of deviations and had a lot of suggestions. The walk is in a slow tempo (7km in 4-5 hours) with many...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank IvorvdH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family changed our choice of tour minutes before we were about to set out--we switched from Natural Beauty to Top of Gowlland Tod after seeing the great photos in Mark's binder. He seamlessly adapted to our new choice and led us on an educational...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jody: thanks so much for your review on the Top of Gowlland Tod Park Hike - your family is wonderful and so easy going - really enjoyed having you with me and glad you enjoyed yourselves and the photos! Really impressed that you were...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As wonderful as our Alaskan cruise was, the highlight of our trip was with Mark and our Top of Gowland Tod Hike in Victoria! Having a knowledgeable guide and photographer was such a bonus to the amazing views! Having Mark lead the way is a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank Mike C
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Mike, this is such a great review - to have your experience with me be the highlight of your whole Alaskan Cruise Trip makes me feel so good! You and your family were such a pleasure to guide and I'm pleased you enjoyed the photos...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took this tour in mid-July, since it was highly recommended to me by another guest at the hostel where I was staying. Mark (the guide and photographer) is so friendly and such a kind host. He picked me up and dropped me off at...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Suzanne B
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Suzanne: thanks so much for this great review! I'm pleased you enjoyed yourself and the photos. In my opinion (as biased as it is), the views in Gowlland Tod Park are the most spectacular in the area because of the elevation we get to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For novice hikers this is the opportunity to challenge yourself and learn how to hike safely. Mark taught us techniques and strategies to make our hike successful. He looked out for us, encouraged us and taught us proper form. The views were amazing and breathtaking.More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Maryann L
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Maryann: great to have you and your husband out on the hike - this is a significant accomplishment for you! Hopefully I have turned you into a hiker - all you have to do is get a set of hiking poles and you will...More

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Manola M
June 23, 2018|
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Response from wendymurcia87 | Reviewed this property |
well, actually the Man of the Tour is local . and of course you will be finish the Tour on the Gowlland Top. but I don't know those names your mentioned
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Response from Mark V | Property representative |
Hi Steve: so sorry its taken me so long to get back to you - I normally get all requests for tours via my website and didn't realize I could get inquiries this way - again my apologies. Not sure if you are still coming to... More