Discover Victoria’s wild edges and fresh-from-the-farm food (and drink!)
BC’s capital is called the Garden City for good reason. There are numerous manicured spots to admire the hydrangeas, from the sprawling Butchart Gardens to the well-tended flowerbeds at Beacon Hill Park. But for something new and a little more uncultivated, it’s worthwhile seeking out the city’s wild side.
Head into the rainforest at Francis/King Regional Park just outside of town to walk among towering cedars, Sitka spruce, and the red-barked arbutus trees, on a small group tour with Elemental Magick Adventures. A guide will instruct you to be present in the moment, aware of the sights, sounds, and smells of the ancient surroundings. This nature immersion is called “forest bathing,” a practice that lowers blood pressure and increases vitality.
If your goal is to increase adrenaline, though, get out on the water with a rented kayak or on a tour with Ocean River Sports—kayak excursions depart daily from the Inner Harbour and Oak Bay. Gliding across the water is an exhilarating way to spot seals, otters, eagles, and maybe even a whale.