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Things to do around Victoria, BC?

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Things to do around Victoria, BC?

Hi, I am planning a 2.5 day trip to Victoria from Seattle and wanted to solicit some advice on things to do around Victoria. There's many guides on things to in Victoria but I was hoping to make some excursions to see some wilderness. My gf and I are both young and very active.



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1. Re: Things to do around Victoria, BC?

There is no true wilderness on southern Vancouver Island it was all logged off long ago-many places more than once.

The marine environment is arguably the only natural wilderness left anywhere on the Island although it too has suffered from overuse by humans.

So there are some lovely hikes/drives and paddles available to Victoria area visitors but you need to travel long & far to reach the places you're imagining-2.5 days just doesn't cut it.

Here's a sample of what's available.




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2. Re: Things to do around Victoria, BC?

Welcome to the forums, dhooppi ~

Will you have a car? When will this be happening? Is your travel time included or not included in that 2.5 days.

One "wilderness" you would have time for is the Pacific Marine Circle Route. It is a 2.5 hour drive west of Victoria to Port Renfrew, with attractions to stop at on the way. Then 2.5 hours back.

You could drive the 2.5 hours from Victoria up to Cathedral Grove to see the big trees. There is also the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association close by where they keep animals that have recovered from trouble but still are not able to be released to the wild. In the same area is Parksville where you could get into Rathtrevor Provincial Park.

You could drive up to Courtenay/Comox in 2.5 hours or so and get into Strathcona Park. You could also take the puddle jumper ferry over to Denman Island and Hornby Island which are undeveloped places.

You could consider the Kinsol Trestle and trail which is close to Shawnigan Lake, (20 min from Vic):


And you might like to rent a bike and cycle the Galloping Goose Trail or one of the other ones on the following link. Or just walk some of it:


You could traipse around Beacon Hill Park which is mainly scrub, trees, rock and parkland. You might be able to go whale watching.

So one day for the PMCR and one day for getting up Island and time's up.

You could also have a look through the Things to Do in the left sidebar to see what you find interesting. Also have a look at the Top Questions to the upper right.

I notice that Sam has posted, some duplication I think.

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3. Re: Things to do around Victoria, BC?

thanks for the suggestions. It doesn't include travel time since I will be taking the ferry from Anacortes, WA. I'm planning Friday to Sunday (12/21-23) but have the option of extending it to Thursday to Sunday.

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4. Re: Things to do around Victoria, BC?

You will need to check into making a reservation on the ferry in order to get on it.

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5. Re: Things to do around Victoria, BC?

Instead of taking the Anacortes Ferry, drive a couple hours north on I-5, get on the BC Ferries at Tsawassen. Cost is about the same, ferries are twice as big and, in winter, make the crossing every 2 hours --shorter trip, too (90 minutes). No reservations needed. In summer, ferries leave every hour on the hour. You're in downtown Victoria 30 minutes (18 miles) after getting off the ferry in Swartz Bay. Anacortes Ferry docks in Sidney, not appreciably closer to downtown.

We've made 32 trips to Victoria -- by plane and all 4 ferries (including Victoria Clipper from Seattle and Coho from Port Angeles). By far, BC Ferries are the most efficient and time-saving option, plus there's much less hassle with reservations, etc. On our trip last week, we arrived at the Tsawassen terminal at 8:35 and were on the 9 a.m. sailing. Even in peak summer season, we've gotten on arriving within 15 minutes of sailing.

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6. Re: Things to do around Victoria, BC?

Since you will be landing in Sidney, you may wish to stay out on the peninsula.

Brentwood Bay Resort offers a number of outdoor activities: kayaking, paddleboard, canoe, eco-cruises. Tod Inlet is fantastic for kayaking up - very beautiful emerald water.




Brentwood Bay Resort is a nice place to stay. Their pub is very popular, great ambiance and food.

Depending on the time of the year, you might like to take a water taxi over to Sidney Spit. Great way to spend a day:




Or you could try ziplining out in Sooke at Adrenaline:


There is no shortage of outdoor activity here.

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7. Re: Things to do around Victoria, BC?

Here are some great daytrips


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