Victoria Hiking Trails RatingThe wilderness hiking trails in Francis/King Regional Park take you past massive, old-growth Douglas Fir trees.  Some estimated to be as old as 500 years and the Elsie King interpretive trail gives beautiful descriptions of the forest and creatures around you.  The park is an educational walk through a remote and secluded feeling park just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria.

  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProEleven kilometres of trails
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProTrail connects to Thetis Lake!
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProWonderful wildflower meadows
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProNice 800 metre interpretive trail
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProBig, 500 year old trees!
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProVery family friendly
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProElsie King Trail is wheelchair friendly
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConNice hike, but not overly impressive
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConNot as pretty as nearby Thetis Lake
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConNice park, but not a must do

Victoria Hiking Trails

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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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There are over 11 kilometres of trails in the park and the Panhandle trail connects to the adjacent, Thetis Lake Regional Park.  The trail network extends quite far allowing you to roam far and wide or close and short.  Thetis Lake Regional Park then connects to the beautiful Mill Hill Regional Park, combining these three very distinct parks into one, massive, interconnected hiking paradise.  Francis/King contains the massive old growth forest, Thetis the beautiful lakeside trails, and Mill Hill the wonderful mountain views out to the ocean around Victoria.

Francis/King Regional Park gets its odd, double name of "Francis/King" because Francis and King were in fact two surnames of two different people.  Both enabled the creation of the park and therefore the name of the park was clumsily created with both surnames. Take a look at the detailed history of the park including archaeological research in the area here.

James Francis bought the area where the park is on the east side of Munn Road in the 1840's.  The area on the west side of Munn road was named Freeman King Park after a popular early Victoria area conservationist.  The beautiful Elsie King Trail is an 800 metre long wheelchair accessible boardwalk with a self guided interpretive trail.  There is also a nice nature centre near the parking lot open 12-4pm Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday.

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Victoria Hiking Trails

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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

Meares Island was the centre of dispute in the 80's when the Nuu-chah-nulth protested Macmillan Bloedel's intent to log the island.  The Nuu-chah-nulth together with environmental groups blockaded the island and ...
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Vargas Island Provincial Park is a popular Kayak camping destination due to its wonderful location close to Tofino.  It has wonderful, wilderness camping for free and a beautiful feeling of remoteness from the ...
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The Nuu-chah-nulth (aka the Wickaninnish Trail), has the amazing distinction among all the other beach hikes in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor, in that it is flanked on one side by the amazing, and historic ...
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Radar Beach is one of the countless places that makes this part of the world so amazing.  It is difficult to get to due to it having an unmarked trailhead, steep and muddy trail, and considerable climbing and ...
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Victoria Hiking Trails

Thetis Lake Regional Park is a very popular Victoria park that contains several lakes.  Lower Thetis Lake, Upper Thetis Lake, Prior Lake and further out, McKenzie Lake are all within this amazing park.  A ...
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Mill Hill Regional Park is a well hidden though wonderfully short hike to amazing views of Victoria, Esquimalt and the Western Communities.  The hike is only 15 minutes to the summit with a branching trail that ...
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Huge Douglas-fir trees and tremendous views are the highlights of this beautiful Provincial Park just 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, near Sidney.  Located high up on Mount Newton near Victoria, John Dean ...
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The Juan de Fuca Trail is a beautiful wilderness trail that hugs the west coast of Vancouver Island between Jordan River(north of Sooke) and Port Renfrew.  Established as a provincial park in 1995, the Juan de ...
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The West Coast Trail

The route from Darling River to Tsusiat Falls is just under 12 kilometres and quite a lot of that distance can be hiked on the beach. From Darling River you can take an inland route or walk along the beach. ...
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Day 1 on the West Coast Trail hiking south from the Pachena trailhead is a fairly relaxing first day. Your first beach, Pachena Beach is a lovely, wide, sandy arch that stretches to a thick wall of forest on ...
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