Our ‘runseeing’ tour of the BC’s capital features has it all: the city’s most important sites, a scenic stretch along the Inner Harbour, Beacon Hill Park, and the Shoreline Trail along Dallas Rd. There’s a guideline for a longer, 12.5 km option, or a shorter 8.8 km option.
Start at Fisherman’s Wharf Park and enjoy a 3 km run along Victoria’s Inner Harbour on the David Foster Way path. Pass the ferry terminal, and then see the elegant Cenotaph and Parliamant building on your right. You can leave the trail and do a quick jaunt around legislature’s pathways. Continue along the causeway, passing the gracious Empress hotel, Conference Centre, floats, Miniature World, Maritime Museum, and Bug Zoo. Just before the end of the Harbor Path, turn RIGHT on View St. Here, you will past St. Andrew’s Cathedral and run along a commercial area.
SHORTER OPTION: At Pioneer Sq., take Quadra St., south into Beacon Hill Park, and run the ~1 km south along the roads or paths, to Dallas Rd. RIGHT on Dallas Rd., passing the Mile Zero monument for the Trans Canada, and enjoy the final 3 km along the shoreline path. There’s a separate path for running/walking in Holland Point Park on Dallas Rd.
LONGER OPTION adds a ~3 km loop out to the Art Gallery of Victoria, Craigdarroch Castle, Government House, and Christ Church Cathedral, using Fort St. and Rockland Ave.
Add-Ons: Ogden Point Breakwater, ~1 km out and back; the James Bay neighborhood between Dallas Rd. and Government St. has some of Victoria’s prettiest residential streets.