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Top of Gowlland Tod Hike in Victoria

  • 4.5-hour hike of Gowlland Tod Park with a photographer-guide
  • Enjoy a moderate-level trek offering views of the Gowlland Range, Finlayson Arm, and the Olympic mountains
  • Receive a professional-quality photo of your hike
Top of Gowlland Tod Hike in Victoria
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Top of Gowlland Tod Hike in Victoria
Discover Gowlland Tod Provincial Park on this moderate-level hike from Victoria. This 4.5-hour tour is led by a photographer-guide, who captures your outdoorsy adventure along the way. You’ll cover 3.6 miles with 650 feet in elevation gain — and your efforts will be rewarded with views of the Gowlland Range, Finlayson Arm, and the Olympic mountains. Learn about Vancouver Island’s history and enjoy light snacks. This outing is limited to six people and includes round-trip hotel transport.
What to Expect
After morning pickup from your Victoria hotel, travel with your photographer-guide for about 19 miles (30 km) outside of the city to begin your hike inside Gowlland Tod Park. Remember to wear hiking boots or good hiking/running shoes (no sandals please), and a light jacket, depending on weather.

Upon arrival at the park, start with a steady 15-minute climb before the trail plateaus, giving you a nice view of Finlayson Arm, the fjord that juts into Vancouver Island near Victoria.
Walk through Arbutus and grand fir trees, as your trek resumes uphill. Then, leave the main trail and descend to a rock platform. The last stretch gets you to the top, or about 1,400 feet (430 meters) above sea level. On clear days you can see Finlayson Arm, the small mountains in front of Victoria, the Juan De Fuca Strait, and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.
You’ll cover 3.6 miles (6 km) and 650 feet (200 meters) of elevation gain. Along the way, hear historical background from your guide. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel, and you will be emailed a professional-level photo of your hiking journey.
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Reviewed yesterday
Amazing hike just outside of Victoria BC!

This hike was such a treat! We really enjoyed the scenic views, it was so beautiful! Mark was the best guide-fun, informational, and professional. Plus, he took some amazing photos of our group which we will always treasure. I would highly recommend this hike and...More

Thank Christina M
Reviewed 5 days ago
Excellent scenic hike

This hike of moderate difficulty is just what we were looking for to help offset some of the consumption. Mark is an excellent guide and photographer. He really took time to ensure we had what we needed to stay safe and hydrated on this unusually...More

Thank Rod H
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Great to spend some time with my first folks ever from Deleware! You are both such great people, and you really held up well, despite the heat! Thanks for this lovely review and I really hope you can make it back to our fair city...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Highlight of our trip!

This truly was the highlight of our trip to Victoria. Don't miss the opportunity to do this hike with Mark! The hike and views were amazing. Our family decided on this hike last minute, as we weren't sure we could all do it. Mark took...More

Thank OwensThompson
Mark V, Manager at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for this incredibly awesome review - you and your partner have such a great family (very athletic too...) and it was a pleasure to have you with me! A nice accomplishment that you made it to the top - of course after you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great hike

We used to hike in Canadian Rockies, now we hiked in Vancouver Island wilderness park. Mark was a superb guide, suggested walking sticks that ended up being crucial to our success in a very ambitious hiking climb and descent. Mark has deep experience, great sense...More

1  Thank jastatec
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Lovely to have some folks from the Boston area who are so appreciative of the great natural beauty we have in our area. You were both such a pleasure to have along and I'm please you enjoyed yourselves as well as the photos. It was...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent guide and good company.

I very much enjoyed the hike, and Mark took great care to see that everyone felt safe. Wonderful views at the top, and fun to be had taking photographs. I would have liked a little more variety on the walk, but it was still a...More

2  Thank JALacy64
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review and the endorsement about my guiding! I had fun with you and glad you enjoyed yourself - the conditions were not as good as they could have been, but at least we did get views of the fjord, the Olympic Mountains...More

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Sian C
12 July 2018|
Response from SkynSea4me | Reviewed this property |
Hit them up on their website- if they can adjust I bet they will.
12 June 2018|
Response from 65Mustangman |
Sorry, we have not traveled to the area yet.
25 May 2018|
Response from Mark V | Property representative |
Hello: sorry for the delay in responding - just saw your question today, June 25. I have a tour that leaves at 3 p.m. on August 12, and you could join the 2 folks that have already booked with me. I could pick you up at... More