Trail Routes

Explore our Waterfront Routes maps to find your perfect run. These are some of our favorite waterfront routes around Victoria.

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

​Local Routes

Waterfront Routes Outside Victoria

5.5 km Quadra Island

Rebecca Spit, on the east side of Quadra Island, offers an outstanding waterfront running experience. With great single track trails that weave through the forest, little traffic and the most incredible views of distant islands and the snow-capped Coast mountain range beyond, this short 5.5 km loop run should be on every runner’s ‘bucket list’.

Twin Beaches to Berry Point 

6.8 km Gabriola Island

The road route between Twin Beaches and Berry Point on Gabriola Island is a 6.8 km waterfront delight. Flat with very light traffic, the entire route follows the coastline with expansive views over the Strait of Georgia towards Lasqueti and Texada Islands, and the snow-capped Coast mountains beyond. Have a swim at Twin Beaches following your run, or stop at the Surf Pub for a refreshment along the way… Island life doesn’t get any better than this!

8.6 km Hornby Island

Hornby Island is, hands down, our very favourite running getaway. On the easternmost finger of Hornby Island lies Helliwell Park, a spectacular waterfront park covering over 7,000 acres of forest and open meadows that billow towards the sea. The views are simply stunning views, and if this was all the park had going for it, we’d still visit. But although the meadows of long yellow grasses and gnarled arbutus trees perched on high bluffs overlooking a sparkling blue ocean will take your breath away, so will the delightful trails that enable you to experience this awesome beauty The route we have shown here includes a loop of Helliwell, combined with the High Salal to Helliwell Trail. Where the trail joins the High Salal Ranch Road, you can turn around and run back along the coast, or continue looping back to the beginning via roads. The options for extending this route are almost endless, as there are a plethora of adjoining trails and various roads that can be added to create truly epic run.

9.4 km Newcastle Island

The Wild Pacific Trail 

10 km Ucluelet

The Wild Pacific Trail clings to the ruggedly beautiful coastline near Ucluelet, and offers runners a feast of spectacular ocean and shoreline vistas while they enjoy rolling, but easily runnable footpaths. Be sure to include the Ancient Cedars trail that will take you past 800-year old trees!  

25 km  Tofino

Expansive, hard-packed sand for as far as your eye can see, crashing surf and wind-sculpted trees, every runner visiting this most famous beach on the remote Pacific coast of Vancouver Island owes themselves a run here. It’s one of those spiritual experiences that can only be had running in the high mountains, or in exceptionally special places such as this. This route begins with about 1500m of boardwalk through an ancient rain forest, before bursting out into the sunlight, glorious sand and surf beckoning… Approximately two-thirds of the way down the beach you will need to cross a shallow river, so be prepared to get your feet wet! The turnaround is at the Kwistis Visitor Centre. This is a remote and desolate  Pacific coast beach where wolves, bears  and cougars may be present. Keep your music at home and be alert!

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