Well, October 2018 is turning out to be a fabulous month to enjoy the sunshine and cooler weather outside. We asked Erin Boggs, co-owner of Robinson’s Outdoor Store, for some of her favourite day hikes around Greater Victoria. It was hard to limit her to only three but we did!

Mount Finlayson

This hike is in Goldstream Park and if you know how to read a topographic map, you will see that it is very steep. But along with that comes amazing views! Since this hike can be challenging, remember to bring extra water in either a water bottle or maybe a lightweight Camelback unit – you can find them all at Robinson’s Outdoor Store. You might also want some food energy at a break spot so swing by any of the Red Barn Markets on your way and grab a snack.

Erin Boggs from Robinson's Outdoor Store in Victoria took this amazing photo of the Coast Trail in East Sooke Park.

PC: Erin Boggs

Coast Trail in East Sooke Park

Ready for a 20 km loop trail that follows the ocean in one direction and interior forest trails in the other? There are rugged, uneven sections on the oceanside route, but the views and vistas are amazing. It will be a long day so remember to pack a light, insulated windbreaker such as the Atom SL from Acrteryx and pack some nutritious food. Our suggestion is to stop into the Western Foods in Sooke – you might want to buy your dog some snacks too from Wiskers and Waggs right next door.


Mount Work (starting from Munn Road in the Highlands)

This lush, forest hike takes you up a steady climb around Fork Lake. The second portion of the trail gives way to rocky outcrops and open rock bluffs. It ends in an incredible view of Saanich – the perfect spot for relaxing and opening your journal to sketch or record your experience. The  Stone Paper Notebook available at Monk Office is the perfect paper companion for all your day hikes – it’s pages are waterproof and tearproof.

We hope to see you enjoying the breathtaking views from these and many other trails around Greater Victoria this month. Let us know if we should add a location for each of these hikes on our Think Local First app. That way, you can collect points when you reach the summit and use your points for discounts at our member businesses. Find out more about our app and the local, independent businesses that support it.