Explore Vancouver Island

If you’re coming to Vancouver Island, be sure to bring your hiking boots! Hiking provides an opportunity for individuals to interact and experience the environment in an immersive way. With dozens of hikes ranging from short strolls to multi-day adventures, there are trails suitable to suit all skill levels and abilities. Here is a curated collection of local trails for those looking to embrace nature and all of is wonder.

ED MACGREGOR PARK

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length
: 1.5 km
Time: 30 minutes
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This is the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the wooden boardwalk, watch locals fish for crab and enjoy a beautiful sunset on the water. An added bonus is that the construction of this fresh boardwalk was so well designed that strollers, walkers and wheelchairs will have no problem rolling along this beautiful wooden boulevard.

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WHIFFIN SPIT TRAIL

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.7 km
Time:  1 hour
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Whiffin Spit Trail is a natural protrusion of sand and rock that has been reinforced to protect the inner harbour. The gravel path is relatively flat with many benches to rest on along the way. Take in the fantastic views of the Juan de Fuca Strait, but be sure to keep your eyes on the prize and try to spot a pod of resident orcas that have been known to make appearances from time to time.

SOOKE POTHOLES PROVINCIAL PARK

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length
: 3km
Time: 1 hour
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This is a popular destination along the Sooke River that features unique rock formations that were formed from the last ice age, millions of years ago. This well-groomed trail is complete with stairs and fences making the path easily accessible and safe for young explorers. We recommend packing a picnic to enjoy a break while watching locals cool off in the icy water!

IRON MINE BAY

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length
: 3km
Time:  45 minutes
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We consider Iron Mine Bay to be one of the more scenic areas of East Sooke Park. With wide trails, the path winds through the West Coast rainforest before gradually making its way downhill to the rocky beachfront This walk is perfect for families looking to get out on a sunny day.

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GALLOPING GOOSE TRAIL

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length
: 44km
Time:  22 hours
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The Galloping Goose Trail used to be part of a Canadian National Railway line. Since then, it has been turned into a beautiful trail for everyone to enjoy. With mostly flat terrain you can cycle, stroll, run or even horse ride through the rural sections.

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ROCHE COVE REGIONAL PARK LOOP

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length
: 7.7 km
Time: 3 hours
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Surrounded by the rainforest, this sheltered cove provides the perfect opportunity to find solitude and harmony with nature. This trail offers 7-kilometres of ocean views and old-growth cedar trees. If you happen to hike the trail during low tide, you will find sea stars moving along the beach in search of food.

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GRASS LAKE TRAIL

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Length
: 11 km
Time:  3.5 hours
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This beautiful pet-friendly trail is located on a remote lake in Sooke. It is perfect for those wanting to get off the beaten track. Most Sooke locals have only vaguely heard of Grass Lakes Trail – The main reason for this is that you have to pass through Sooke Potholes.

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MOUNT MANUEL QUIMPER

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Length
: 10km
Time:  3.5 hours
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This trail follows an old logging trail to one of the last remaining forest watchtowers in the region. As you ascend the mountain, the backdrop of large cedars and pink flowers will provide you with a beautiful backdrop.  Once you reach the summit, you will be greeted with phenomenal panoramic views of the area. Take some time to catch your breath inside the lookout before.

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BEECHEY HEAD LOOP

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Length
: 5.8 km
Time: 3 hours
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This trail follows the Coast Trail in East Sooke Regional Park. With rocky points and beautiful views of the Juan de Fuca Strait, you will see a number of birds, sea lions and other wildlife along the trailhead. What is unique to this area, is the ancient petroglyphs carved into the rock.

EAST SOOKE COAST TRAIL

Level of Difficulty: Hard
Length
: 22km
Time:  7 hours
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East Sooke Park is perfect from the moment you step out of your car. This convenient and easily accessible trail is one of the best ways to experience the wild, west coast of Vancouver Island. Here you will find weather blasted rock cliffs, deep coastal forests, and a number of sandy beaches providing a pleasantly remote feeling.

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These trails and many others are just waiting to be explored. Just 55 minutes away from Victoria is the perfect oceanside getaway with a suite that is the perfect fit for you or a group. Come make SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort your home base for the long days of adventure ahead.