Victoria Hiking Trails RatingGoldstream Provincial Park and Mount Finlayson are beautiful places that are definitely a must-see on any visit to Victoria.  Huge coastal rainforest trees everywhere.  An impressively golden river, an abandoned gold mine and one of the highest mountains in Victoria.  As soon as you leave your car you can feel the wonderful forest alive around you.

  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProBeautiful rainforest with huge trees
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProFall salmon run is extraordinary!
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProWide variety of hiking trails
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProIncredible place for a picnic
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProHike to/on the train trestle!
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProMt Finlayson has amazing views
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProNiagara Falls is a hidden world
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProAmazing & convenient year-round
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProCampground is very nice & huge
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConOften gets quite busy

Victoria Hiking Trails

  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailAvatar Grove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailBear Hill  Easy Hiking TrailEast Sooke Park  Victoria Hiking TrailElk/Beaver Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailEsquimalt Lagoon  Easy Pay Hiking Trail VictoriaFort Rodd Hill  Easy Hiking TrailFrancis/King  Victoria Hiking TrailGalloping Goose  Easy Hiking TrailGoldstream Park  Easy Hiking TrailGowlland Tod  Easy Hiking TrailGrass Lake  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJohn Dean Park  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJuan de Fuca Trail  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Tree Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMill Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMount Douglas  Easy Hiking TrailMount Tolmie  Easy Hiking TrailSooke Potholes  Victoria Hiking TrailSpectacle Lake  Easy Hiking TrailThetis Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailWitty's Lagoon

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

  Easy Hiking TrailThe Big Tree Trail  Easy Hiking TrailHot Springs Cove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Cone  Easy Hiking TrailNuu Chah Nulth  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailRadar Beach  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailRadar Hill  Easy Hiking TrailVargas Island  Virgin Falls  Easy Hiking TrailWild Pacific Trail

Goldstream Park is home to the annual salmon spawning run every fall and the rest of the year is just a wonderful world of centuries old Douglas fir and western red cedars.  Several of the huge trees are estimated to be over 600 years old and you find some reaching to the sky and others laying dramatically along the forest floor.  Hiking trails extend all over the park, but the Mount Finlayson trail takes you up above the forest to beautiful views of Victoria that locals cherish.  It's a relaxing trail that only gets a bit steeper and challenging near the end.  The summit of Mount Finlayson is about an hour by foot from the Goldstream Park parking lot and it's a short hike to a summit towering over Victoria.  Don't let the relatively short trail fool you into thinking the trail is easy.  The steep and challenging, final section arrives at one of the more breathtaking vantage points over Victoria... and the ocean beyond.  As if it Goldstream Park couldn't get any better it does.  Across the highway a trail leads to the mighty 47 metre high Niagara Falls.  Getting across the highway to Niagara Falls is half the fun.  An ancient tunnel under the highway takes you to the falls.  Finding this tunnel is easy, though it is not marked on Goldstream Park mapboards, as it is not officially for hikers.  It is a tunnel to channel water under the highway, however, it is an amazing and beautiful way to get to the falls and for the most part, the only way.

Parking along the side of the highway is only feasible if you are driving from the north, and even then, it requires an abrupt and unmarked parking area.  The best option, by far, is to park at the main parking area for Goldstream Park and walking to the falls and train trestle via the tunnel.  With so much to see at Goldstream Park it is no wonder why it is so popular and so generously equipped with picnic tables.  There is also a nice visitor centre, concession stand and dozens of picnic tables.  Everywhere you look you will find mapboards and informative, interpretive signs indicating what to see.

Goldstream Park in Victoria

Goldstream Park Tunnel to Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls in Goldstream Park

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Goldstream Park Train Trestle

Goldstream Park Train Trestle

Goldstream Park Train Trestle

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