The park trails connect to the beach paths at Cordova Bay so you can go directly from hiking to beachcombing!
There are a bunch of different trails so you can choose your own adventure depending on how hard you want to work.
How vastly green the forest is with its ferns, salal, and evergreens.
Even though it is extremely popular, the park doesn’t feel crowded and vehicles in the park are restricted before noon.
My friend (of Sushi Rice Studios fame!) hikes the mountains of Victoria almost every weekend. While she is intrinsically motivated by her own goals and taking on new challenges, I think her biggest motivator is trying to tire out her tireless dog!
Dogs. It’s an off leash dog trail and dogs are the happiest when they’re free to walk on a trail with their humans.
It’s one of those special double-whammy forest AND ocean experiences.
You can easily spend a few hours meandering.
There little treasures to find along the way.
The water rushing through Dodd Narrows
Cable Bay has been one of my favourite trails for many years. Back when my dog was around, I took her here often. One of my favourite memories was her running and leaping into the water. Or running ahead to hide behind a large tree and jump out to surprise her dog friends. She was a character! Every dog I’ve encountered here is equally smitten with its freedom to run and play.
While travelling up or down the inland highway between Horne Lake and Bowser, you drive over Nile Creek. It’s a nondescript overpass without much of a view but, if you are like me, you notice this spot because there is always a bunch of random cars parked on the side. From the highway, there is no real indication of what the car owners might be out doing or why they chose that particular spot to stop. Naturally, the mystery of it all has always made me want to go!
We always feel blessed to live on such a beautiful island. On any given evening or weekend, there is an abundance of trails, beaches, and favourite spots to take in. It’s all about finding that balance between family, work, and fun and connecting with both people and nature in these moments is usually balancing and rejuvenating. But sometimes… You need something a little more! When you wanna escape all of the crazy sh*t (yeah, quoting R. Kelly here), you just need to get away. Lucky for us on Vancouver Island and the Gulfs Islands, there are an abundance of amazing resorts, cabins, campsites, and Airbnbs to take you a world away and still be close to home.
In the winter, I spend a lot of time snowshoeing at Mount Washington Alpine Resort in Strathcona Provincial Park. I go almost every weekend to walk around the trails, always marveling at the scenery and the quietness of the surroundings. It’s one of my most favourite things to do and I look forward to when the trails open each winter so I can pull my snowshoes out of storage and get out & play in the snow!