Hiking Trails 1: Victoria and Vicinity by Richard Blier

By Richard Blier

This mountain climbing advisor covers the Victoria British Columbia's Capital local District, together with Portland, and Sidney Islands; the Saanich Peninsula; middle municipalities; Western groups; Sooke west to Port Renfrew; Juan de Fuca Marine path. Explro over a hundred locations starting from neighbourhood walks on pavement to week-long backpacking journeys; contains the Gowlland Tod and Juan de Fuca Provincial Parks, and the preferred Galloping Goose path. This consultant comprises tricks & Cautions, historic notes, birding and nature info.

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If you hike the trail in late April or early May look for the delicate ladyslippers and a profusion of shooting stars. Holmes Peak (329 m) offers a fine vista of the Gowlland Range and Finlayson Arm. Several bridle paths link to the Ridge Trail. Watch for markers to stay on the main trail and ignore any side paths. After a long, arduous climb you will reach upland forest where arbutus, hairy manzanita, and isolated stands of hardy shore pines cling to the exposed rocky outcrops. Follow the markers to the Jocelyn Hill summit.

This municipal park features large Douglas-fir, arbutus and Garry oak. Among the rock outcrops look for Indian plum and Nootka Rose and other flowering shrubs. Wildflowers include trillium, camas, satin flowers and fawn lilies. Gore Park: To reach pretty and unspoiled Gore Park, from Benvenuto Avenue keep north on Wallace Drive to Greig Avenue and turn right (east) to the park. The spring wildflowers here are a delight. Trails at Lone Tree Hill, Mount Work, Durrance Lake and Goldstream Park (via Mount Finlayson) are close by.

You can connect to the Lochside Trail via Grant or Donwood parks. The trail is named to honour Gordon A. Rolston, a Broadmead community planner. Through his efforts in the 1960s, many natural areas were preserved as linear green spaces and now make up part of the Broadmead trail network. 61 12. Mount Douglas 62 12. Mount Douglas 12. 5 ha), in Gordon Head, is Saanich’s largest park. Interconnecting trails, of varying degrees of difficulty, lead hikers to sandy ocean beaches, down shady, fern-lined paths within Douglas-fir and western red cedar forests, and on more challenging routes that climb to Garry oak hilltop viewpoints.

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