1. Goldstream Provincial Park
Ancient trees, waterfalls, and leafy trails make Goldstream a glorious park at any time of year, but in autumn it’s the salmon run that draws the faithful. Here, 30 minutes from Victoria’s city centre in Langford, adventurers and naturalists come together to rejoice in an annual spectacle. Where to perch? Riverside trails and observation platforms provide bird’s-eye views of the chum, coho, and chinook salmon fighting their way upstream, and of the bald eagles that swoop down to feast on them.
Best time to visit: October and early November
How to get there: Goldstream Provincial Park is 30 minutes northwest of downtown Victoria, on the Trans Canada Hwy (Hwy #1).