Victoria, BC’s provincial capital, anchors the southern tip of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, a string of a dozen championship courses along the island’s east coast.
Enjoy the wide fairways and sweeping views at Highland Pacific Golf, open year round on the outskirts of Victoria, or golf Bear Mountain, designed by the Golden Bear himself. Bear Mountain Resort’s Nicklaus-designed 36-hole duo includes the scenic, playable Valley Course and the challenging Mountain Course (think island greens, steep elevation shifts, and rock outcroppings). An extra 19th challenge hole is, literally, a cliff hanger. Post-round, enjoy savoury Italian-inspired cuisine at Bella Montagna, or a spa treatment at the resort’s Sante Spa.
More top stops along the Golf Trail include Victoria’s Olympic View Golf Club, a peaceful parkland course boasting waterfalls and elevation changes. A scenic 30-minute drive north leads to Arbutus Ridge Golf Club in the heart of Cowichan Valley wine country. Play a round, then sample the wares at one of the nearby Blue Grouse Estate Winery or Cherry Point Estate Wines.