Published on May 20, 2023
On and around campus
UVic Alumni Chip Trail
A peaceful and pretty 4.2 km hike just steps south of Cheko’nien House where our main sessions will take place. You can hop onto the trail just off the Ring Road past the Bev Glover Greenhouse Facility. If you’re staying in UVic residences, there are also trail access points adjacent to the cluster housing units. The path is very level and well-maintained and mostly meanders through shady forested areas around campus.
A 2.1km loop that can be accessed off the Alumni Chip Trail.
Close to campus
Mount Tolmie (Songhees name, PKAALS)
If you keep a good pace, you should be able to reach the summit from UVic campus within a half hour. There are numerous trails to enjoy and terrific views of the city. It’s also a great place to grab a picnic table and enjoy a meal!
Looking to do some beach strolling? The closest beach to UVic campus is Cadboro Bay. You can walk to Gyro Park in Cadboro Bay from UVic campus in about 20 minutes. Once you’re there, you can explore the beach and enjoy views of Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic mountains. Beautiful!
PKOLS (Mount Douglas Park)
PKOLS is actually a bit of a lengthy trek from campus, so you might want to figure out a quicker way to get there. Google Maps says the distance can be walked in about an hour, but it’s just a 10 minute drive. PKOLS gets our vote for best views and trails close to UVic campus. The park has tons of hiking options from easy strolls to more strenuous climbs.
These are some of our favourite hikes around the Victoria area. Hope to see you on the trail!
- Coastal Trail, East Sooke Park
- Ridge Trail to Jocelyn Hill, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park
- Niagara Trestle, Goldstream Provincial Park
- Mount Finlayson, Goldstream Provincial Park
- McKenzie Bight, Mount Work Provincial Park
- Cathedral Grove
- Roche Cove and Matheson Lake