Explore the most popular birding trails near Capital with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
17 days ago

WOW. what a beautiful change of scenery from the typical west coast mountains. Had to do this trail last minute as our original plan went sideways after a forest fire caught. No regrets though! Spent 5 days in total on the trail, 4 nights. ALOT of up and down up and down across all the creeks. Very minimal trail maintenance done on this path, therefore walked through several bogs, stepped over broken stairs/ladders and opted for scrambling rather than using old rope handholds. End of July and weather was perfect. Ensure you have waterproof boots as there is mud everywhere. Not as much beach walking as expected, more inland dirt trails.

I really enjoyed the loop around Matheson Lake and the walk along Matheson Creek to the lake, however Roche Cove itself was nice but not amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike but gains elevation quickly. Great views at the top on a sunny day.

2 months ago

Very beautiful and moderate trail!

hiking
8 months ago

Easy 13km, one way from becher bay to iron mine bay. 6 hours including about 1 hour worth of stops. Beautiful with the fog rolling in and out.

8 months ago

9 months ago

We took beechy head trail and then connected back via this trail. It was awesome but not easy. Kids 10 and 4 loved it because of all the rocks to climb and the variety of view and trees and beaches, and it was a bit dangerous in spots:)

Nice hiking trail - I followed the trail running recommendation which I do not agree with... hiking yes, running no

backpacking
9 months ago

I hiked this trail in four days from Botanical Beach to China Beach by myself. It far exceeded my expectations! This was my first multi-day backpacking adventure. The trail was challenging at parts but the views and old growth forests were well worth it. The campsites were very nice with toilet paper and hand soap in the outhouses. There was a lot of traffic on the trail at this time of year which was great for me because I made a lot of friends. I highly recommend this trail!

One of my favourite trails

10 months ago

Great trail, lots of great lookouts and beaches.

10 months ago

Trail is amazing and beautiful but definetly should not be rated as easy . The reviews we read led us to believe this was an easy hike along the coast when in fact it is very difficult . Narrow ledges at times with a great distance to fall , and a lot of ups and downs over difficult terrain . The trail took us 7.5 hours to complete and we hike all the time . I was concerned at comments stating this trail would be safe for young children and as a mother I greatly disagree with this . A loss of footing in many places could cause severe injury . The hike was one of the most beautiful I have ever done but the rating definetly should be changed from easy to at least moderate if not difficult . I don't know if you rated the trail based on the inner trails through the forest but we took the actual Coast Trail along the rock bluffs and it is not easy

Some challenging spots on the coast trail

Awesome! Although I'd rate it medium for the loop around Matheson Lake, lots of rocky terrain with tree roots.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Fantastic hike! Coastal and forest!

Beautiful views, wear good boots, there are some muddy sections.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great hike, beautiful ocean, lots of cormorants fishing. A few hills to go up so be ready to work your legs!

Monday, January 30, 2017

The best trail for day hikes. It's fairly easy to Beechers point and then you start hiking up and down the headlands. Absolutely not easy. Can be quite the climb. We have done the entire coastal hike in 4.5 hours at a hard pace. Absolutely love this hike .

hiking
Friday, December 23, 2016

This is one of my favourite trails and has been called one of Canada's best day hikes. I have never seen the Coast Trail called a loop nor has it ever been called easy for all skill levels. As an experienced hiker, I don't think that this description is accurate and quite frankly, dangerous.
The Coast trail is actually a 10k day hike. Most people choose to leave a car at one of the trail heads (Aylard Farm or Pike Road) and then use a second car to drive to the second trailhead for departure.
It is normally called a challenging or difficult hike; lots of ups and downs, some scrambling, trail is not always clearly marked, roots/rocks and steep sections.
Allow anywhere between 5-8 hours to complete. The Iron Mine Bay side is considered more challenging and less used. Aylard Park area is well used.
Even though the Coast Trail itself is not a loop, in East Sooke Park there are numerous transverse trails as well two longitudinal trails; the Coast and Interior Trail. Combining portions of these trails makes it easy to create some really great loops.
The trail is beautiful, gorgeous scenery and highly recommend

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It was a great day
Just me and my daughter

rock climbing
Sunday, October 09, 2016

awesome

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Definitely my favorite for views & a workout.

backpacking
Friday, September 23, 2016

I'm glad I did the whole thing to learn about great overnights or day trips, but I wouldn't repeat the whole trail again. China Beach to Sombrio gets you a great trip.

Great hike that goes down to the ocean and tidal pools when the tide is low. Interesting tree formations.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The trailhead was impossible to find. It appears all access has been sold for private property? We would have loved to explore the trail, but couldn't find any access :( we gave up.

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Soms gorgeous parts and absolutely magnificent beaches for camping, away from day trippers. However, it's a lot of ups and downs with very few changes in scenery... so it gets dull after a couple of days. I'd suggest not doing the full trail (skip the part from sombrio to port Renfrew, it's rather long and boring) or just hiking out to Chin or Bear beach for camping.

Great

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Good anytime of year.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Some gorgeous spots along the trail but not enough for the effort.

hiking
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Beautiful in early autumn

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