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.