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HikeVictoria

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Experience the natural beauty of Victoria with a local photographer and long time resident, as he shares with you his favourite vistas and Victoria's hidden gems. Our Natural Beauty Tour offers stunning scenery at 8 stops along our gorgeous...more
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812 Wharf St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T3, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Lovely hike/walk. Spend the day exploring, take a picnic lunch and enjoy the different views. Take your dog(s) on the hike, they will enjoy as much as you.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RoslynA18
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you enjoy hiking in the great outdoors, then the Victoria Region is for you. There are many parks in the area. My favourites are Goldstream Provincial Park, Sooke Potholes Regional Park, Lake Matheson, & East Sooke Regional Park. These are my picks. There are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank swimsfar2014
Reviewed 5 days ago

Just a wonderful experience, with a great guide, wonderful hike, matchless views. Worth every nickel.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Shawn S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous tour and Mark is a great host and ambassador for this beautiful city. If you want to take a unique tour of the city to see the most beautiful views of Victoria with a really friendly and informative guide, take this tour. Loved it!!More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Plapgal
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your review of the Natural Beauty Tour Plapgal - you and your Mom were both delightful and we had such a wonderful eclectic group! Glad you enjoyed yourselves and your vote of confidence is greatly appreciated. Hope you can both make...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mark is such a wonderful tour guide and does an amazing job tailoring his hike to fit the needs and interests of those with him. You can tell he absolutely loves what he does as each place he takes you has very personal history with...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank AshWild90
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Ash: thanks so much for this amazing review - really enjoyed having you along on the Natural Beauty Tour yesterday, and so pleased that you had such a great time! Looking forward to your return so we can go on the Top of Gowlland...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mark was extremely knowledgeable and took us on a great tour! We saw areas we never would of been able to on our own. He was extremely flexible and catered to our group’s need. Great photographer as well if you are looking for that perfect...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Tiffany A
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tiffany: I had a great time taking you and your friend out yesterday on the Natural Beauty Tour - really pleased you enjoyed yourself so much and that you like the photos! Very much looking forward to your return visit and experiencing the Top...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The 4 of us had a lovely day. We were met by Mark at our hotel, having had efficient and friendly messages from him leading up to the trip with suitable advice on the format of the tour and clothing needed. He took us to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank scj123
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Sarah for taking the time to do this review - this is the first time I've done the Natural Beauty Walking Tour when it actually snowed for a bit (never seen this in March in 25 years in Victoria)! It is always great...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I could give Mark six stars for our trek, I would. He picked us up at our hotel, provided food and water for the hike, gave some great background on the region's history en route to the trailhead, and was a wealth of knowledge...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank wastro
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Matt: thanks for this great review and your vote of confidence - first time someone has given me 6 stars! We had such a great group and hiking in the snow was special - for me anyway, as it doesn't happen very often around...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mark knows his way around and a long list of other things (Vancouver history, flora, photography, good jokes, and which path to take for all the best views)! I absolutely recommend you book a hike with him - he'll even take your picture and provide...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Beer_TravelerX
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ryan: thanks so much for this wonderful review - it seems that Victoria Beer Week didn't dampen your enthusiasm in any way for this hike! We had such a great group of guys and I think I had more fun than anyone! Hope to see...More

Reviewed February 12, 2019

You will never be disappointed on any hike you take in and around Victoria. There are a never ending number of hikes to choose from. Easy, medium and difficult.More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Neil M
Mark V, Owner at HikeVictoria, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure Neil never went out with me last August, but he is right - there are many great hikes in the area. However, in my opinion, the best short hike in the area is to the top of Gowlland Tod as the views...More

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Manola M
June 23, 2018|
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Response from wendymurcia87 | Reviewed this property |
well, actually the Man of the Tour is local . and of course you will be finish the Tour on the Gowlland Top. but I don't know those names your mentioned
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Biker_Couple_11
January 10, 2016|
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Response from Mark V | Property representative |
Hi Steve: so sorry its taken me so long to get back to you - I normally get all requests for tours via my website and didn't realize I could get inquiries this way - again my apologies. Not sure if you are still coming to... More
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