Published on May 20, 2023
I’m so excited to be heading back to beautiful British Columbia for this year’s #PSEWeb conference! This is both a return for the conference – 10 years ago, #PSEWeb 2013 was held in Vancouver, BC – and for myself – I spent 5 wonderful years living in Victoria and still think about it in some ways as home.
There are many, many things I’m looking forward to doing while I’m on the Island, including of course, getting out into the great outdoors! Here are a few of my favourite hikes around UVic campus, in case you’re looking to stretch your legs while you’re at the conference.
On and around campus
UVic Alumni Chip Trail
A peaceful and pretty 4.2 km hike just steps from the Bob Wright Building where our main sessions will take place. You can can hop onto the trail just across the Ring Road from the building entrance. The path is very level and well-maintained and mostly meanders through shady forested areas around campus.
Read about the Alumni Chip Trail
A 2.1km loop that can be accessed off the Alumni Chip Trail. When you cross the road from the Bob Wright Building head to the far right corner of the parking lot to access the trail.
Close to campus
Mount Tolmie (Songhees name, PKAALS)
Heading up Mount Tolmie was one of my favourite lunch time activities when we lived in Victoria. 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!
Read about Cadboro Bay
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. In my humble opinion, the hikes on PKOLS get my 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 my favourite hikes around the Victoria area. I’m going to try to cram in as many as I can during my visit! If you have time for a day trip while you’re in the area, maybe I’ll cross paths with 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
Written by Joyce Peralta
Manager, Digital Communications
McGill University and Executive Director, #PSEWeb