Capital of British Columbia and its second-largest city, Victoria’s pretty setting and mild climate makes it a treat for any runner. The city sits on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, with the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic range to the south, and the Haro Strait to the east. Between the waterfront, mountains, and famous gardens, there is great variety for running in Victoria.
In central Victoria, you can put together wonderful standalone runs or combine three waterfront trails — Dallas Road, Songhees Walkway, and the Inner Harbour — with a ‘runseeing’ tour of the city. Slightly to the north, we love running around the “UVic” campus, the 10k perimeter path around Elk Lake/Beaver Lake, and the Cordova Bay neighborhood. For hills and trails, seek out Mount Douglas Park (with a summit road closed to vehicles before noon), and Thetis Lake Regional Park.
All of our routes are in central Victoria or can be accessed by car or the city’s excellent bus system. We recommend trying to stay in central Victoria in order to be close to great waterfront running.