A year-round hiking staple in the city of Victoria, Mount Douglas Park is full of raw wilderness and breathtaking views of the cityscape, ocean, and beyond. If you’re looking to picnic, paint, or play, the park has something for anyone and everyone. Whether you are walking into the park or taking in the view from the top; once you’ve strolled into the green canopy, you are immediately transported into nature. Crisp fresh air, the smell of the lush ferns, and the sound of chirping of birds in every direction, you can be sure that you will feel rejuvenated after this outdoor escape from the city noise.

The 21 km of trails winding throughout the park include mossy cliffs, towering trees, and flourishing vegetation no matter where you look. The park features an array of trails ranging in difficulty, which allows everyone to be included in the adventure. However, if you do decide to embark on the journey to the summit of Mount Douglas, the challenges of steep slopes are rewarded with a stunning view: a 360-degree panoramic perspective of the city and the surrounding Pacific Ocean. There is also a paved road, that leads up to the summit and has a parking lot. To keep the area quiet, the road is only opened to vehicles from noon until dusk. During this time, you can enjoy the excitement of the summit and take in the beautiful scenery without worrying about the journey up.

If your idea of ultimate relaxation is reading a book on a beach, you’re in luck! Just head down to the water and where you will find ocean waves rolling up on the secluded sandy beach.

If you are looking for an immersive outdoor experience with both an incredible journey and destination, be sure to go explore Mount Douglas Park!


Keep an eye out for
  • seals, orcas, waterfowl
  • wildflowers, lichen
  • birds, lizards
  • the cave!
Know before you go
How to get there

The park is located on Saanich’s east side; to drive there follow Shelbourne Street north to Mount Douglas Road. The park is also accessible via public transit, the final stop of Bus #28 will land you close to the park. (See Google Maps for full directions from your location)

This blog post was written by Kira Rowsell, Power To Be’s Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Kira is passionate about encouraging people to get outside and helping to share the endless stories of nature through photography, videography, and writing.