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 gardens such as the sprawling Butchart Gardens or 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.
No trip to Victoria is complete without getting up close and personal with the ocean. Get out on the water with Ocean River Sports—sea kayak and stand-up paddleboard 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.