We love finding a great view away from large crowds of the cities we visit. In Victoria, BC, we drove up to the top of Mount Douglas Park to enjoy the view of BC’s capital city. It is very common to drive to the small parking lot at the top of the mountain along Churchill Drive and park there before doing the short walk to one of the two peaks to enjoy the view. It was a short drive from downtown Victoria, with plenty of parking available and only a handful of people at the top viewpoint. There is an easy few minute walk to the very top, where you will be greeted by amazing 360 degree views of the city and coast. It was beautiful!
Mount Douglas also has a network of trails along its slopes and down to the beach area across Cedar Hill Road. If you’re looking for a longer route to these viewpoints, the hike can begin from the parking lot near the beach area and follows the Irvine Trail to the top of Mount Douglas, returning via the same route.
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How to get there:
- Mount Douglas is located on the east side of Saanich. There are many routes that can be taken through the city streets to Mount Douglas, however the easiest route from downtown Victoria is to follow the one-way street, Johnston Street. As you leave the downtown area, Johnston becomes Begbie Street. Continue driving as Begbie veers north and becomes Shelbourne Street.
- If you take the bus, it will take about an hour and drop you a 15 minute walk away from the beach parking lot area where the Irvine Trail begins.