Canada: British Columbia

Salish Shores Hike


Self guided inn to inn walking on Vancouver Island. Enjoy five days of moderate walking through impressive old growth stands and along some of British Columbia's finest coastal trails.

“The views of mountains and coastline are unbeatable. Routes were generally the right length. You know we love it, as this is our second year doing the trip!” Jill J.








Itinerary

Start: Sidney, Beacon Inn, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary. Optional pickups from Swartz Bay ferry terminal or Victoria (YYJ) airport available upon request; note: YYJ is located in Sidney, ~32km from downtown Victoria!


Finish: Downtown Victoria for 15:30; Victoria Airport for 16:00 or the Swartz Bay ferry terminal for 16:30 to catch the 17:00 departure to Vancouver.


Day 1:

Sidney to Brentwood Bay - 12 to 20 km

Start with a morning pick up in Sidney or Victoria. The long walk begins at Sidney while the shorter distance starts with a transfer to John Dean Provincial Park where you’ll hike through impressive old growth forests to the 300 meter peak of Mt Newton. Enjoy glorious views of the Saanich Peninsula and its deep inlets, scenic farmlands, and views of the nearby southern gulf islands. Afternoon options include a side trip to a rural historic site, a visit to Butchart Gardens.
Brentwood Bay Resort, Brentwood Bay

Day 2:

Francis King & Thetis Lake - 17 km

Start your day with abrief morning shuttle to the trailhead at Francis King Park. You will hike through more old growth forests and wetlands and past a picturesque lake in Francis King and Thetis Lake Regional Parks. After leaving the park, consider lunch at the historic 6-Mile Pub then follow the Galloping Goose Trail to Hatley Park and Castle National Historic Site on Esquimalt Lagoon.
Birds of a Feather B&B, Colwood or Royal Roads University

Day 3:

Colwood to Metchosin - 10 to 20km

Walk from your accommodation along the beach and through a neighbourhood, enjoying the views of the Olympic Range across the Juan de Fuca Straight. Trails through Witty’s Lagoon Protected Area will take you past a waterfall, an intertidal lagoon to a sandy beach. From there you will stroll into the tiny village of Metchosin, an old farm community where open fields dotted with sheep and horses border the pebbled beaches.
The Lodge at Weirs Beach, or Wit’s End Retreat, Metchosin,


Day 4:

Metchosin to Sooke Basin – 12 - 15km

During today’s walk you'll experience the diversity of this increasingly remote landscape. You will hike past picturesque Roche Cove to Matheson Lake, hidden deep in the forest.
Arbutus Cove B&B, Sooke

Day 5:

East Sooke Park - 8km

The Galloping Goose Trail takes you up into the hills to where the Sooke River waterfall and famous ‘potholes’ are located. These geographical formations in the river serve as ideal swimming holes in the summer months. At the end of your walk you will be met at 14:30 and returned to Victoria for 15:30; Victoria Airport for 16:00 or the Swartz Bay ferry terminal for 16:30, in time for the 17:00 departure.



Description


Note about the route:

Walks range from easy to fairly demanding. Some very challenging sections of trail exist along the route, but these are optional.



The coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island displays an eclectic mix of nature and rich cultural history. This collection of hikes immerses you in its beauty. The journey takes you along the Salish Shores coastal route to Sooke Basin. In five days, you will visit a plethora of interesting and unique places, most of which are only accessible by foot, and are best enjoyed at a walking pace. Follow fern lined trails through old growth Douglas Fir stands to lakeside picnics and secluded bays. Hike to exceptional views over the Juan de Fuca Strait, and visit seven different parks and protected nature areas. The sheer beauty of the rugged coast and the temperate rainforest is enough to leave you awestruck, yet the fun does not stop there: you will also have the opportunity to visit some of Canada's national heritage sites or one of the region's famous gardens and you will be spoiled to fresh west coast cuisine. Experience a gradual change in both landscape and local culture along the route. You can count on the welcoming hospitality of charming inns at the end of each day.





Learn more

Rent a car in Victoria and explore other parts of Vancouver Island, its bigger than you think!.

Drive to Nanaimo and take a ferry to the Sunshine Coast.

Visit the coastal community of Tofino for a surf or a lesson in stunt kites.

If you are into mountain biking, Vancouver Island is a top notch destination providing many options to suit any rider.





Costs



Self-Guided Cost

US 1695 C 1995 per person, based on double occupancy, includes: 5 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, transfers as indicated in the itinerary, detailed maps, inn to inn luggage transfers, on call support

Guided Cost

Please refer to our Vancouver Island Hike.

Single Occupancy

US 505 C 595

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 12% sales tax applies (6% for non-Canadians).


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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!



Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.