Explore our Wilderness Routes maps to find your perfect run. These are some of our favorite wilderness routes around Victoria, and beyond.

Click on any route to view specific route details including: 
distance, route type, washroom access, water availability, route description and more!

Local Wilderness Runs

Wilderness Runs Outside Victoria

12 – 24 km Olympic Penninsula

Start from Obstruction Pt (best views and better trail options) and run towards Deer Park. We suggest running 8 km out, then turning back as the last 4 km approaching Deer Park is not as nice. 

20 km Duncan

This Mt. Tzouhalem Challenge route is truly epic. 20 km of technical single-track, challenging climbs to some of the most spectacular views on the southern Island, this is a must-do run for serious trail runners. For an easier route up the mountain, begin at the Kaspa Rd. trailhead at the top of The Properties subdivision off Maple Bay Road.

22 km Crofton/Maple Bay

The CRD has invested considerable effort developing Maple Mountain into an exceptional trail network for runners, mountain bikers and hikers. This challenging 22-km loop provides more than a taste of what makes Maple Mountain such an awesome destination for serious and not-so-serious runners alike. Blessed with a myriad of delightful single track trails, forest richly laden with maple and arbutus, and some serious elevation gain, we cannot recommend this park highly enough. Most trails are well marked. Caution: expect mountain bikers! 

26 km Cowichan

This is very pleasant single-track running trail that follows the beautiful Cowichan River. A canopy of maples offers cool shade in the hot summer. Make a loop by turning around at Mile 66 Trestle and returning via the flat and fast Trans Canada Trail. 

Mt. Geoffrey Gallop

28 km Hornby Island

Mt. Geoffrey on Hornby Island is one of the very best running destinations on the coast! Immerse yourself in the myriad of delightful and easily runnable trails that meander through cool, fern-laden forests of maple, fir and arbutus on the lower sections of the mountain, then enjoy the great views over Denman and Vancouver Islands to the west on higher sections. Did we say runnable? You will love running these trails, and this route, beginning and ending at the ferry (think pub!), will show you why we keep coming back year after year…

30 km  Olympic Penninsula

At 30 km and with an elevation gain of 1620m, the High Divide – Seven Lakes Basin Loop near Port Angles, Washington makes for a worthy day trip from Victoria. Spectacular mountain scenery, delicious single-track running and enough climbing to satisfy any mountain goat, this route will reward the serious trail runner with an unforgettable experience. Note that bear spray is required.

33 km Strathcona Park

Mt. Albert Edward, at an elevation of 2093m, is one of the highest peaks in Strathcona Park, which is one of the largest parks on Vancouver Island. The route up Albert Edward begins and ends at Paradise Meadows (Mt. Washington) with a few hundred metres of easy boardwalk. From here the trail becomes increasingly more technical and steep the closer to Albert Edward one gets. This is high alpine running at its best: remote and scenic, with alpine lakes, wildflowers, whiskey jacks and incredibly crisp, clean mountain air! The final climb up the exposed, scree slope of Albert Edward is long and arduous, but spectacular vistas of snow-capped mountains are your reward. The return route takes you past several beautiful alpine lakes, where swimming is sublime and the perfect way to end your epic 33-km mountain run.

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