With the demand for Victoria living skyrocketing, people from all over the country are flocking out west to get a piece of the island lifestyle. With the mildest climate in the country, Victoria is Canada’s destination for year-round outdoor activities. The city has direct access to endless amounts of trails, mountains, old growth forests and ocean shores. Here are our 5 of our favourite outdoor activities to try in Victoria.
Victoria is Canada’s cycling capital. According to 2016 census data, a nation-leading total of 16.9 per cent of the region’s 170,030 commuters are engaged in “active transportation”, with 10.3 per cent walking to work and 6.6 per cent cycling. The city is perfect for cycling with an expanding network of trails and bikes lanes to get you where you need to go without any traffic. You can also join local, eco-friendly bike tours with The Pedler.
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Kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) are great ways to see Victoria and the local marine wildlife from a unique vantage point. Living on Vancouver Island there are plenty of great paddling locations with varying levels of difficulty. HelloBC lists the best areas to explore and tips to ensure a safe outing.
Breathtaking coastal landscapes, mountain views or peaceful walks amongst the Pacific West Coast rain forests are just a few of the hiking options in Victoria. Vancouver Island is known for its stunning beauty and there are many hikes that are close to the Victoria city centre. Victoria Trails has a list of over 40 hiking trails in the Greater Victoria Area showcasing their difficulty, estimated time, distance and elevation.
Pacific Landing’s waterfront is part of the Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary, so we have the privilege of spotting new Feathered Friends all the time. The city is surrounded by water and blessed with short, mild winters which creates a great home to over 380 species in the region.
A Pacific Landing Photo by Kayla Fish
Even an amateur cannot help but notice the vast array of birds that inhabit our island. A visiting birder can expect to see up to 150 species during a 3 week stay.
The waters surrounding Victoria make for excellent whale watching and wildlife viewing. In 2010, Travel + Leisure magazine named Vancouver Island one of “North America’s Best Whale Watching Spots.” Many Victoria whale-watching tours leave right from downtown, so it’s easy to combine an afternoon of whale watching with shopping or sight seeing. Take look at a Victoria whale watching experience here.
Pacific Landing is beautifully located on the Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary. With direct access to over 500 acres of trails and old growth forest, Pacific Landing is the perfect place for people who enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle and can appreciate the natural amenities that make Vancouver Island so special. Register today to book an appointment to walk the land and experience it for yourself.