Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

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Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park
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Nature reserve full of marked hiking trails for up-close observation of untouched wilderness.
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dil345
Georgetown, TX918 contributions
Nice hike
Aug. 2019 • Couples
We did the McKenzie Bight and Cascade Falls trail. It was quite steep going down to the lake and then we went up toward the falls. Except right now there are no falls or water anywhere on the trail. After getting to the bay (with water) the trail to the “falls” went up quite steeply for quite a while then leveled off. It took us less than one hour to do the loop. It was nice walking. In the shade in the middle of the afternoon. The path down was rocky and pebbly but it was nice that the route up was more comfortable walking on as it was dirt. There were parts with a rail to hold on to if you wanted to where it was really steep.
Written August 4, 2019
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Tara W
Edmonton, Canada17 contributions
Beautiful hike
Jul. 2019 • Family
Went for a short hike here. Didn’t follow any of the big trails just the McKenzie bight one down to the water and back up the other side to see the falls.
The path up to the falls was pretty steep. Our 4&5 year old complained a bit but made it on their own. The falls unfortunately was dry so not really worth the harder hike. Next time I’d just follow McKenzie bight trail down and back up again. The things to see and poke at down by the water was amazing, I could have spent all day there and next time will bring a picnic and probably do so. Highly recommend this to anyone who can do a bit of a steeper hike back up.
Written July 21, 2019
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plqplq
Toronto, Canada35 contributions
Emma Dickson Trail
Feb. 2018 • Solo
I noticed this small side trail on the provincial park trail map, with a trailhead close to Emma Dixon Road. Park on the side of the road and find the almost hidden entrance, and you'll be able to get to the AMAZING Jocelyn Hill lookout in under an hour. The total loop and back is probably 2 hours, versus the 6 hours that it takes from the main trailheads. I was there on a foggy, spritzy day and the views were still spectacular along the ridge. My favourite hike in the Victoria area.
Written September 14, 2018
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Silviante
Grosseto, Italy255 contributions
Amazing Jocelyn hill hike
Aug. 2018 • Couples
Very good hike....little bit long because you have to walk for 10km but the landscape on the lake,the mountains in the sourround and the view is wanderfull...not very busy hike even in august
Written August 7, 2018
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LP528
Manitoba, Canada153 contributions
Fantastic assortment of well marked trails.
Jan. 2018 • Couples
This huge park offers trails of varying degrees of difficulty. They're reasonably well marked, and well maintained. With 25 km of trail, visitors are spoiled for choice.

We visited in December and January. Even in the rain, it's a beautiful place to visit.

Eventually, the Mary Lake Nature Preserve will develop a trail that will link Gowlland Tod to Thetis Lake; this will be an exciting development!
Written January 22, 2018
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Phil C.
Central Saanich, Canada199 contributions
Nice walk any time of year
Jan. 2018 • Family
We live locally and enjoy the good fortune of being able to walk to the park in a short 5-10 minutes. It's scenic, an easy walk and a nice place to visit and see seabed (at the inlet) reclamation in progress. The outdoor learning space and on-sit export-potties are convenient. Fun to see the ruins of the old cement factory. Only real downside is that many dog owners do not keep their dogs on a leash, even though there are signs clearly posted asking owners to do so.
Written January 3, 2018
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Kevin M
Winnipeg, Canada145 contributions
Ridge trail hike
Aug. 2017 • Couples
We hiked from the Caleb Pike trailhead along the Ridge Trail to Holmes Peak and then to Jocelyn Hill. Lunch. Then back. 4.5 hours elapsed time, 3 hours hiking time, 8.8K distance, 200m elevation gain (200m to 400m), 330m total ascent, a VG workout, an interesting and informative conversation with another hiker (a local), and a number of very nice views/photos.
Written December 31, 2017
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Gelli550
Victoria, Canada2,803 contributions
Tod Inlet
Oct. 2017 • Couples
We have only done the short Tod Inlet hike in the past few years, and always enjoy it. Parking is available on the side of Wallace Drive.
Although not part of Gowland Todd park just across the road from where you park, and up a nearby road is the Municipal Oak Haven Park. A short hike through a Gary Oak meadow with spectacular views from the summit .
To Tod Inlet though , you walk down a slight inclined path with beautiful forest on both sides, and the added spectacle of Tod Creek on your left, sometimes quite a drop down ! The path levels off with a brief glimpse of the Butchart Gardens Fountain on the other side of the fence, as the path curves around towards the inlet. In some ways, the inlet is a mini fjord , with very steep terrain on the far side of the inlet. The beach is now complete and there appears to be some construction taking place on the small dock there.
Please note that although there are signs up stating that the area is 'leash up' we didn't see one dog on a leash!
Written November 1, 2017
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Hans G
Düsseldorf, Germany145 contributions
Nice autumn walk , nothing more
Oct. 2017 • Family
Hiked to Squally Reach viewpoint (45 min from main parking) and continued to Jocelyn hill (1:40 from main parking). Well prepared and sign posted hike.

After all the rain trail through real rain forest . That's nice

Not too spectacular after the first viewpoint we thought

Trailhead easy to find coming from Victoria
Written October 23, 2017
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pudman43
Surrey, Canada377 contributions
Hard to find, but nice hiking. Better signage needed
Aug. 2017 • Couples
We approached from the south, so I'm not sure if it's easier to find from the north/east, but wow we had quite a time with the GPS... Once we got there, parking was pretty easy. Be prepared for a pretty long hike to get to the viewpoints, we went down a very steep multiuse trail, only to find a lake a the bottom, not a viewpoint. (lake was lovely, but still it was frustrating)
Written August 22, 2017
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