Vancouver Island is a natural escape for explorers. Evergreen forests provide the perfect setting with towering mountains that beckon hikers and our four-legged hiking buddies. There are plenty of places around the city of Victoria to explore. Here are 5 trails and parks for you and your dog to explore together!
1. THETIS LAKE REGIONAL PARK
There are plenty of trails to hike here and you can choose your own route. There are a few circle options that route around both Lower and Upper Thetis Lake, staying close to the lakes to enjoy the scenic views. Dogs must be on leash walking through the main beach area between June 1-September 15
2. FRANCIS KING REGIONAL PARK
There are many trails to choose from which offer a network of forested paths to explore that pass old growth trees and lush west coast rain forest. The Centennial Trail features creeks and forested areas that allows your furry friend to roam off leash year round.
The trail is easy and loops around the lake offering great views. Hikers and their furry friends can enjoy lush forested areas and a dog-friendly beach. Dogs are required to be on leash from June 1 - September 15 and are not allowed on main beach area.
This is a beautiful lake, set amongst the hills of the Metchosin region, that has a scenic hiking trail that loops around the lake which does have some challenging areas along the western section of the route that climbs up and down over the rocks. From June 1 - September 15, dogs must be on a leash when passing through the beach area at Matheson Lake and cannot stay
The Colwood Waterfront features miles of breathtaking ocean beachfront with a view across to the City of Victoria at one end and the amazing snow capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains at the other. Fisgard Lighthouse completes the view. Dogs are allowed off leash to the right of the walking path away from the bird sanctuary.