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Day Hikes on Vancouver Island

Explore the best day hikes and enjoy these gorgeous walks on Vancouver Island

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See Victoria by horse-drawn carriage on a private tour that explores the Inner Harbour, Downtown, Chinatown, and more. The tr...
Delve into the colourful past of Canada’s oldest Chinatown in Victoria, British Columbia. This guided walking tour will lead ...
The Canadian city of Victoria has a rich British colonial history dating back to the Victorian era, evident in its striking a...
Soar over downtown Victoria and its surroundings on a thrilling 20-minute seaplane flight! Take to the skies right from the w...
Tour one of Victoria’s most stately and popular attractions in a unique way with a pedicab tour to Craigdarroch Castle. Enjoy...
Explore quaint Victoria on this guided walking tour with a local historian. Along the way, take in picturesque views of the c...
Swap the crowds of big whale-watching tours for a more intimate experience. This small-group whale-watching adventure from Te...
Come spend 2-3 hours in one of the most beautiful spots in Victoria, Thetis lake, learning how to use your stand up paddle in...
An exciting adventure in the Salish Sea departing from Nanaimo, discovering the diverse wildlife that thrives in the area. Yo...
Ucluelet Tour 2
Experience breathtaking mountain viewpoints, amazing valleys with waterfalls, pristine rivers, lakes, and rainforests. Wildli...
4km hike from the parking lot in the Juan de Fuca Provincial. Heading down to Mystic Beach with waterfall and sea caves. One of the most unique beaches on Vancouver Island
Swap the crowds of big whale-watching tours for a more intimate experience. This small-group whale-watching adventure from Te...
Get up close to some of the biggest marine animals around Vancouver Island on this full-day, small-group sightseeing tour by ...
Sigh seeing victoria hop on hop off bus
Explore Victoria like never before with our open-top double-decker buses! The Hop-On Hop-Off Afternoon CitySights Tour lets y...
Ziplining out of Victoria BC on the first zip of the day
Embark on a thrilling Victoria zipline adventure through the stunning Pacific Rainforest as you soar through the treetops on ...

Hiking on Vancouver Island is the perfect way to soak up the natural beauty of this gorgeous slice of the Canadian West Coast. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll along an exposed rocky coastline or an adrenaline-fueled trek through old-growth forests, there’s something for everyone on this rugged and lush island.

Looking for something a little more laid back? Enjoy one of the easier walks Vancouver Island offers whilst admiring the stunning views and wildlife steps from your front door.

So lace up your boots, fill your water bottle, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure starting with your next hike on Vancouver Island!

No matter where you are on Vancouver Island, hiking and walking are quintessential parts of the BC experience. Whether walking around the capital city, along the gorgeous coastline trail or exploring ancient old growth forests, there is no shortage of stunning scenery to appreciate. And with miles upon miles of wild terrain to explore, this is truly an adventurer’s paradise. Bring your camera because you’re sure to take home unforgettable memories from your time on Vancouver Island! So what are you waiting for?

Hiking Safety – Vancouver Island

It’s easy to be drawn to the sense of adventure and the fresh air that Vancouver Island offers. There’s something truly magical about immersing yourself in nature. It reduces stress levels and helps us reconnect with mother nature.

Spending time away from the hustle of daily life is great, but if you’re not prepared, the outdoors can have safety concerns, but these can be minimized with precautions taken when preparing for your hike and while on the trail.

Vancouver Island is teeming with wildlife, but fortunately, the wildlife isn’t interested in humans. However, it’s possible to see seals and sea lions along the shoreline and eagles hunting above the trees. It is not as common to run into predatory animals.

Black bears, wolves and cougars do live on the island in fairly large numbers, but it is still relatively rare to have an encounter.

There are fewer people and more wildlife the farther north you go on the island. This doesn’t mean that they don’t exist closer to urban centers. When hiking on a trail, it is best to travel in groups and be aware of your surroundings. For local wildlife safety tips, visit the BC Parks website.

There are thousands of kilometers of hiking trails on Vancouver Island, most of which are not marked. With sparse cell service, it is recommended to plan your hike before you head out, bring a map, and download the trail plan using hiking apps such as AllTrails.

Vancouver Island is known for its rain, especially on the west coast during winter. So protection from the elements is essential. Plan for rain, mud and cooler temperatures. At higher altitudes, expect snow during winter.

Most of Vancouver Island is remote, so cell service outside of larger towns and cities is rare.

“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.”

Leave no trace. Following the policy of leaving it better than you found it, picking up small garbage along the trail is always appreciated by everyone.

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