Mount Tolmie Park - Victoria Hiking Trails
Mount Tolmie is another beautiful, easily accessed mountain in Victoria with 360 degree ocean and city views. On a clear day you can spot Mount Baker far off in the distance in the US. There are some short trails, several picnic tables with million dollar views, and a huge, flat topped water reservoir to walk on.
The trails are very short and the park is almost entirely visited by car. Few places in Victoria offer such an effortless access to such a gorgeous vantage point over this beautiful city. Mount Tolmie's location, beside the University of Victoria and not far from Beach Drive, make it an essential stop on any driving or biking tour along the coast.
This gorgeous coastal driving/biking route around Victoria effectively begins at the Inner Harbour if you drive along Belleville St past the Parliament Buildings to Dallas Road. At Dallas Road you can follow the southern tip of Vancouver Island for several kilometres. Continuing along the oceanfront route on Dallas Road you will pass through Beacon Hill Park on your left(ocean on your right). Dallas Road follows the coast for a couple more kilometres then connects with Beach Drive.
Beach Drive continues with almost constant ocean views and through upscale neighbourhoods before ending near Mount Tolmie and the University of Victoria. You can then retrace your route to the Inner Harbour, or take a short cut through UVic, or continue along the east coast of the island, though the ocean views are limited to the occasional parks along.
Mount Tolmie Park - Directions
Mount Tolmie is located near the University of Victoria on Mayfair Drive off of Cedar Hill Cross Road. If you are driving the beautiful Beach Drive coastal road around Victoria, Mount Tolmie is an easy pitstop along the way. You would want to turn onto Lansdowne Road, then right onto Cadbora Bay Road, left on Cedar Hill Cross Road then look for the sign for Mount Tolmie Park at Mayfair Drive.
More Trails Near Mount Tolmie Park
or Mount Doug as it's locally known is a remarkably easily accessible park with both 360 degree mountain views as well as a beautiful beach. The beach and mountain are connected both by trails and roads allowing for a quick and beautiful visit by car or a longer, interesting and varied hike on foot among the huge Douglas Fir and Cedar trees. las Galloping Goose Regional Trail developed from a disused railway line begins at the Johnson Street bridge in downtown Victoria and goes in two directions. One direction goes to the Vancouver ferry terminal at Swartz Bay, 35 kilometres away. And the other 55 kilometres through the Western Communities, out past Sooke ending near the ghost town, Leechtown. The trail is paved for 13 kilometres, from Victoria to Colwood, then the trail is gravel and dirt paths. Most of the distance the ground is fairly smooth and rarely do you encounter even gradual hills as the route follows the old railway line. There are convenient kilometre markers all along the trail emanating from the Johnson Street starting point. Victoria's Inner Harbour is the heart of this incredibly tourist oriented city. Surrounded by spectacular buildings, historical monuments and stunning totem poles, the Inner Harbour is a free Victoria attraction that takes hours to fully appreciate. From the two kilometre cement and granite causeway that skirts the harbour and then continues at both ends for much longer, to the various centuries old buildings. The British Columbia parliament buildings dominate one end of the Inner Harbour and you are free to wander much of this astonishingly old and ridiculously extravagant building. The beautiful Empress Hotel sits across from the Inner Harbour as well and along with being a luxury hotel, it is a free museum of sorts on its lower level. You can wander through the lower hallways that take you back over a century as you look at artifacts and hotel menus from the 1800's. Just past the Empress is the wonderful Royal BC Museum. This amazing museum houses a seemingly endless array of local history ranging from thousands of years ago to recent decades. No where else in the world will you find such a breathtaking collection of totem poles. The causeway continues in both directions. To the left it takes you past and through a nice park then continues to Fisherman's Wharf. This cute little marina is a world of its own with its permanent residents living in floating houses in Float Home Village. There are some great places there to get ice cream, and fresh from the ocean food. Picnic tables on the wharf are located right in the middle of the action. There is even a free, live show.. the Seal Cam, showing the big, fat and jolly harbour seals lurking below you. You can see it online here..