While the rest of BC and Canada is shrouded under a blanket of heavy cloud and deep snow, I am reminded of how fortunate I am and how grateful I should feel to live in this balmy pocket of Western Canada and one of the best kept secrets; Vancouver Island.
A couple of days ago, while in Victoria, we took a brisk walk along the seaside and Ogden Point breakwater.
The weather was cool (a mere 5 Celsius) and a little windy. The sun was glistening off the choppy waves and in the crisp air, the Olympic Peninsula looked so close I felt I could almost touch the snowy mountain peaks. It reminded me of an extended walk I recently discovered which begins in Victoria’s inner harbour.It then continues southeast on the Dallas Road sea walk and then alongside the beaches on Juan de Fuca Strait heading back to the city centre via the small quaint town of Oak Bay.
Much of the walk is on Dallas Road with sweeping vistas across the Juan de Fuca Strait and along several beaches sprinkled with picnicking opportunities. The walk continues through attractive neighbourhood streets, which are part of the scenic drive, that reveal beautifully landscaped homes, tranquil parks, quiet beach accesses and interesting lookout points over the sea.
Following, is a 5 minute side-show of this fantastic tour. If you chose to walk the circuit, it will take about 5 hours (of course it’s also a wonderful cycling trip). Although we took this walk at the end of October, the weather was much the same in February.
Check out other Victoria BC walks and trails.