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Victoria Hostels and Backpacker Accommodations

Victoria has hundreds of hotels and B&B's for a hiker to choose from and a couple extremely good hostels to choose from

Victoria has a very competitive accommodation market and as a result the quality of hostels is very high.  Here is a quick look at the two main ones.  One thing to keep in mind when staying in Victoria is that it is quite a centralized city.  The main, beautiful, downtown Victoria is fairly compact.  You can walk from one side to the other of this downtown core in about 40 minutes.  So when staying in Victoria you likely want to situate yourself in the middle of this downtown core and near the waterfront.  As luck would have it.  The two best hostels in Victoria, both have extremely good locations.  Right in the middle of all the fun.  This doesn't mean too much noise, just great locations, close to the waterfront, parks, ocean walks, tour operators, museums and shopping.

Where you choose to stay depends on a few things.  If you are in Victoria hiking alone a hostel is the best choice.  Very inexpensive and a great way to meet people if you want.  Also, hostels have an amazing tendency to be fun and full of great hiking information.

If you are travelling in a group of three or more you can find a great, budget hotel for $70.  They are everywhere in Victoria as you will notice on the ferry ride to the Island the brochure racks you see have lots of specials.  Look for something near the Inner Harbour in Victoria and you will be close to everything.

There are too many inexpensive hotels to list so here are the two main hostels, and of course they are steps from the Inner Harbour.

Ocean Island Backpackers:

Amazing location: right downtown where you want to be, close to everything.  Free internet, 24 hour desk, parking available ($10/day) and free bike storage.

Shared dorm rooms start at a very reasonable $20 in the off season and $24 in the summer.  They also have private rooms for couples, etc, and weekly discounted rates.

Probably the greatest feature of this hostel is its amazing building.  It's got a great, fun, modern, exciting, international feel to it.  Ocean Island seems to do everything right.  A great place to stay!

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The Hostelling International Victoria:

Another amazing location, right downtown, the Victoria's Hostelling International is another great hostel choice in Victoria.  Great prices, great atmosphere, free internet, free pool table and parking is available for a charge.

Shared dorm rooms start at $20 in the off season and $24 in the summer.  Private rooms and weekly rates available as well.

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Victoria Hiking Trails

Bear Hill - Victoria Hiking TrailsBear Hill Regional Park is a nice hill trail, just north of Elk/Beaver Lake in Saanich.  It is an easy 2k hike to the summit where the views are sensational.  From the trailhead to the summit only takes about 20-30 minutes.  High up on the Saanich Peninsula you can see the Gulf Islands and even the San Juan Islands in the United States.  The technically active, and alarmingly close volcano, Mount Baker in Washington State is very visible as well on a clear day.  The trail to Bear Hill is easy Elk/Beaver Lake Park - Victoria Hiking Trailsand runs through a beautiful forest of Douglas fir trees that lead to the unexpected grove of Garry oak trees at the summit.  The Elk & Beaver Lake Trail is one of many beautiful lakeside trails in Victoria.  From the convenient parking lot the trail is mostly flat, gravel or dirt, densely forested at times and runs around both Elk and Beaver Lakes to complete a 10k circuit.  The park is very popular for swimming, picnicking, windsurfing, boating, fishing and rowing.  Though it can get busy the large size of the park disperses people quite well.  If you are running here you will find the trails around the lake peaceful and quiet even if the sandy beaches are crowded and Mount Douglas Park in Victorianoisy. Mount Douglas or Mount Doug as it's locally known is a remarkably easily accessible park with both 360 degree mountain views as well as a beautiful beach.  The beach and mountain are connected both by trails and roads allowing for a quick and beautiful visit by car or a longer, interesting and varied hike on foot among the huge Douglas Fir Mount Tolmie Park in Victoriaand Cedar trees.  Parking is available in four areas.  At the summit of Mount Doug (accessible by car only after 12pm daily), near the shores of Cordova Bay, at the gate, at the base of the road to the peak as well as further along the park at Glendenning Road. Among the spider web of trails on Mount Doug there is quite an amazing cave.  Long abandoned from the old mining days it runs nearly 20 metres from the tiny entrance.  Don't forget to bring a flashlight Mount Tolmie is another beautiful, easily accessed mountain in Victoria with 360 degree views.  On a clear day you can spot Mount Baker far off in the distance in the US.  There are some short trails and Francis/King Regional Park - Victoria Hiking Trailsa huge, flat topped water reservoir to walk on.  Mount Tolmie is located near the University of Victoria, Oak Bay and Beach Drive.  Its location makes it a popular stop before or after driving the beautiful Beach Drive coastal route and ending at Beacon Hill Park in downtown Victoria.  The beautiful wilderness hiking trails in Francis King Park take you past Thetis Lake Regional Park - Victoria Hiking Trailsmassive, old-growth Douglas Fir trees.  Some estimated to be as old as 500 years and the Elsie King interpretive trail gives beautiful descriptions of the forest around you.  The Elsie King Trail is a self guided, 800 metre loop trail, named after a leader of the Victoria Girl Guides and wife of the Victoria naturalist, Freeman King.  There are over 11 kilometres of trails in Francis/King Park, and the park connects to Thetis Lake Regional Park. Thetis Lake Regional Park is a very popular Victoria park that contains several lakes.  Lower Thetis Lake, Upper Thetis Lake, Prior Lake and further out, McKenzie Lake are all within this amazing park.  A wide, spider web of hiking trails Mill Hill Regional Park - Victoria Hiking Trailsrun in between and around these lakes in the midst of a beautiful and secluded forest.  Trails also lead to more challenging trails to Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain.  In the summer Thetis Lake is fantastically popular as a swimming beach.  Sandy beach, beautiful lake, and a wonderful trail system make the park crowded on hot days.  Mill Hill Regional Park is a well hidden though wonderfully short hike to amazing views of Victoria, Esquimalt and the Western Communities.  Gowlland Tod Provincial Park - Victoria Hiking TrailsThe hike is only 15 minutes to the summit with a branching trail that leads to Thetis Lake Park.  This is a remarkably seldom hiked park in Victoria.  It is rare to see anyone on the trail or at the beautiful summit.  The views are amazing.  What makes them even more amazing is that the views look as though you are on a much higher mountain than the small and short hike that brought you to this great summit. Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is a beautiful park running along the Saanich Inlet.  Accessible from Goldstream Park at one end and Brentwood Bay, near Buchart Gardens at the other. Lone Tree Hill - Victoria Hiking Trails From beautiful ocean views of the inlet to wonderful mountain views from Mount Work, this park has a great variety of characteristically Victoria hiking.  Mount Work is a popular hiking trail in Gowlland Tod and the most challenging trail at 5k from trailhead to summit.  Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is quite large, spread out and the trails so varied, that you feel far from the city.  The trails and views to and along Finlayson Arm are amazing and breathtakingly serene.  Lone Tree Hill Regional Park has a beautiful panoramic view from its summit.  The hike is fairly short and relaxing at just 1.6k trailhead to summit.  Expect to hike for under 30 minutes to reach the viewpoint.  The views for such a short hike are quite amazing.  You can see the distant Malahat, Victoria as well as the very distant Olympic Mountains in the United States.

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