Three Victoria Tours on Foot and Bike
The west coast is the best coast and Victoria is its capital city. I’ve been coming to Victoria for decades and I can easily say I love this city. Combine old world charm with modern city amenities and an island pace of life and you have Victoria, BC. For all the years I’ve been coming to Victoria I’ve focused on the food scene and visiting with friends and family. Not this trip, I’m still excited to eat and drink my way around town, but my focus is to experience some of the best outdoor Victoria tours around. I want to hike and cycle my way around the city and see what I can see and do when I leave the car parked. There is no reason to be stuck indoors when you are in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities. Let’s get outside.
Victoria Tours by Foot
Hike Victoria – While you don’t need a guide to walk the many parks in and around Victoria, it certainly helps to have one if you want to find some of the best views of Victoria that only the locals know about. Mark Vukobrat is the owner and guide of Hike BC and if he hasn’t hiked it then there isn’t a trail. With over 28 years of hiking experience, Mark will not only keep you safe he will show you what makes the areas around Victoria supernatural.
Hop on Hike Victoria’s website to pick from one of his preset tours or if your group is big enough call him up and arrange for your own private tour. For our group, Mark gave us a custom tour that included a hike at Mount Douglas Park, Anderson Hill Park and an almost secret islet in Oak Bay you can walk to.
Here are some of the shots from those three hikes.
Victoria Tours by Bike
The Cycling Co. – Operating out of Bear Mountain just outside of Victoria The Cycling Co is your go-to for an amazing mountain biking experience. Owner/founder Adam Walker is a former Canada Cup Mountain Bike Champion, so you couldn’t be in better hands regardless if it is your first time on a mountain bike or your 100th.
Adam loves to take all his guests through a quick tutorial on how to Mountain Bike. You may think it’s as easy as street cycling but you are wrong. Depending on your experience level it could be over quickly or take 20 minutes. The trail riding doesn’t begin until everyone is comfortable on their bike.
The refresher course covers body position and braking. Two very important aspects when you are trail riding if you don’t want to fall and hurt yourself. For phone safety, I packed my phone away and focused on the ride so no photos of the ride. But afterwards be sure to reward yourself with a pint or two on the Westin Bear Mountain patio. Killer views.
The Pedaler – If testing your cycling skills against a mountain trail isn’t your speed then a bike tour with The Pedaler in downtown Victoria may be the perfect choice for you. You can rent a bike and go on your own or select from one of their guided tours. I selected to take the Hoppy Hour Tour which combines cycling with local microbrewery visits. A marriage made in Victoria.
Once we sign the various waivers and get fitted with helmets it is time to hit the urban trails. This tour is about 3 hours long and covers just under 10 km. We visit three local breweries and even cycle over the Selkirk Trestle bridge.
Here’s a taste from the ride.
How is that for awesome summer Victoria tours? They’ll get you outside burning some calories and you’ll also get to enjoy parts of Victoria you may not otherwise get to see. From the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds the city to some of the best microbreweries in Canada. What’s not to love about Victoria?