Victoria BC Recreation
Throughout the Greater Victoria BC area there are endless possibilities for outdoor activities and eco-tourism, from "soft adventure" to the more challenging extreme activities. Southern Vancouver Island's temperate climate ensures many of these activities are available year round.
Victoria BC Recreation - Marine
(Video courtesy of Eagle Wing Tours.)
Whale-watching - whale watching companies abound with a variety of types of boats. There are zodiacs for the more adventurous and larger covered boats for those looking for a warmer, dryer outing. It is possible to leave from the Inner Harbour in Victoria, from Sidney or from Sooke. The excursions are usually for about 3 hours and include interpretation and viewing of many marine and wildlife species. As well as viewing orcas, sealions and other marine mammals you will also view our spectacular shorelines and rich ecosystem.
Your B&B hosts will be pleased to help you with information and reservations for this memorable experience.
Sailing - if you wish to have a sailing adventure there are companies who will take you out for several hours or a whole day if you wish. It is a wonderfully relaxing way to see the lovely Vancouver Island coastline.
Kayaking - whether a novice or experienced kayaker there are places throughout the region to rent a kayak. The Gorge waterway is a good place to kayak and it is accessible from downtown. Brentwood Bay is also sheltered, with lovely scenery. For ocean kayaking there are adventure centres in both Sooke and Sidney.
Scuba Diving - southern Vancouver Island has some of the best northern diving in the world. There are a number of companies who will rent you equipment, give you lessons or take you for a dive.
Fishing – there is great fishing for wild salmon and halibut. Local guides will take you out for four hours or a whole day. All you need is a fishing license which can be obtained locally easily.
Victoria Recreation - on Vancouver Island
This short video illustrates some of the outdoor recreational activities on Vancouver Island. You can enjoy most of these in the Victoria area on the SE corner of the island.
(Video courtesy of Tourism Vancouver Island.)
Hiking – there is a trail for everyone: from the easy Galloping Goose trail (a converted railway line) to the Todd Gowland trails which can be strenuous. Some of the most spectacular marine trails are in East Sooke Park and further up the coast is the Juan de Fuca trail which can be day tripped or can be a three or four day camping trip. There are too many trails to list here but you can research them at www.crd.bc.ca/parks.
Bird Watching – for those who wish to spend some peaceful moments watching the local birds there are wetlands like Witty's Lagoon in Metchosin and Whiffen Spit in Sooke or eagle viewing at Goldstream Park.
Horseback Riding- try the trail riding stables on the Saanich Peninsula. Lessons can be arranged.
Cycling - this part of the world is very cycling friendly with cycle and mountain bike trails and cycling paths on some roads. The Galloping Goose Trail is particularly popular. Many people commute via bike. A good resource is www.cyclingvictoria.com.
Swimming – Saanich Commonwealth Place has a full-sized pool, diving platforms, a wave pool, waterslide, sauna, steam room and gym.
Zip Lining - for the more adventurous there is a zip line just 30 minutes from downtown Victoria in the community of Sooke. Taking the Adrenaline is an exciting way to spend a few hours - strapped onto a cable and with the help of well-qualified guides you swing your way through old growth forest.
A guide to recreation in Victoria BC