Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, Central Saanich
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Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. Its 1219 ha (3012 acres) is located within the District Municipality of Highlands. The park protects a mixed forest of Douglas-fir, Arbutus, western redcedar, western hemlock, shore pine, grand fir, red alder, and Garry oak. Rocky outcroppings support Manzanita, Scotch broom, and Oregon grape. The peaks of the Gowlland Range, from which the park derives its name, loom over 400 m above Saanich Inlet, providing vistas of The Malahat to the west. Farther north, the park curves around inland, bounded to the north by the municipality of Central Saanich. There are 25 km of maintained trails within the park, accessible in the south from roads leading to the park from Highlands, as well as from trails alongside Tod Inlet and McKenzie Bight to the north. Trails connect to Mount Work Regional Park and Lone Tree Hill Regional Park.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Bring water, food, a camera, dress in layers and you'll be all set. There are some really steep parts at the Caleb Pike end; this is not a hike for beginners or those with little fitness. It's peacefu...  more »
  • What beautiful hike. What beautiful views. The forest animals smells crossed random trails. Football and the mountains. Really nice hiking
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  • Situated near Victoria - half an hour drive - so very convenient for a day's excursion. We did one hike - the 10K Jocelyn Hill hike. There are spectaculars views on the way. Not a difficult hike - the...  more »
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  • Gorgeous walk no mater what time of year. It's cool to see the old cement factory ruins down by Butchart Gardens, as they've changed and deteriorated over the years. Some native plant restoration is going on, so it looks a bit mudy right now.
  • Beautiful nature, beautiful views. Gowland Tod is located on the Saanich peninsula and has views overlooking Finlayson arm. It's spectacular! Some of the trails are a bit advanced, but if you are prepared, it's a great outing.
  • Nice place, and a really fun disk golf course to enjoy if that's your thing. Wonderful views of the Malahat/Goldstream region can be found.
  • Great goto place for a great hike with some fantastic views.
  • Great place for a hike with your dog and some friends. Quiet and serene during the week.