We had a great time up there, and I thought I’d post a few travel tips and suggestions.
We took our car on the ferry, which adds about $40 each way. This was good for us because we wanted to explore the parks and do some car camping- but if you’re just planning to spend a day or two in the city of Victoria- it’s not necessary.
There’s really good public transport everywhere on the Canada side, and even a 60km bike path out to Sooke if you just wanted to take bikes.
Where to Stay
It’s $85 a night (Canadian), but Norm cut us a deal for a two night stay. I wrote a Yelp review of it. Excellent breakfast, nice place, and a hot tub overlooking the ocean. Needless to say, I scrapped our ideas of camping in the rain when I saw the hot tub and a good looking girl in it.
There’s a ton of awesome hikes there. If you’re lucky, your hiking partner may even break out in spontaneous dance moves while crossing a suspension bridge. Full body black rain suit optional.
This was on the Mystic Trailhead. There’s also really cool hiking in Potholes and East Sooke.
I don’t really have anything to say about the beaches. I just thought this photo was cool.
Eat Some Oysters
On your way back, you should stop for oysters at the Hama Hama Oyster Company. They farm ’em right here and leave the shells by the side of the road for scenic photography purposes.