I provide transportation within Victoria if required (minimum of 2 and maximum of 4) . We will meet at the parking lot of the mountain where I will explain the various forest zones, what to expect on the hike and some of the First Nations history of the mountain. We will then proceed to make our way through the forest, stopping at various locations for wildlife locations, enjoying the variety of flora and viewing the hidden vistas that only locals will know. There is a steeper rocky section for about 10 minutes, overall uphill is about 30 minutes and then the rest is flat or downhill. We will stop at the top for pictures and a snack and water break. Then a leisurely walk down through a fern forest (ferns taller than people) and back to the start. I will provide general information on plants, trees and wildlife but I am not a biologist, arborist or said expert in this field. I am very familiar with this area of Vancouver Island and can identify a variety of local plants, wildlife and trees in the park. I will carry my plant/tree/shrub book of this area with me should you have any further questions on a plant in particular. I will also have binoculars should you wish to use them in your hike for identifying birds or looking out from the vistas. (If you wish a more challenging hike I offer another here on AirBnB experiences on Mt Finlayson which a 3 hour hike and lunch)
Trish has been passionate about healthy living and the outdoors for as long as she can remember and has lived in Victoria her entire life. She graduated from the University of Victoria in a kinesiology degree and pursued many projects and events in healthy living. Her friends will tell you how much she's inspired them to enjoy the outdoors around Victoria as she regularly invites them to join her in hikes, trail riding and even adventure trips in the U.S. For this reason she developed Foggygirl Adventures to share her knowledge of travel and exercising safely to others. She is a former national team runner and her passion and knowledge of the area will create a memorable experience for anyone coming to Victoria for the first time.
A snack and water bottle will be provided. Please advise if you have allergies for the snack.
Pick up and drop off is available upon request 24 hours in advance. A minimum of 2 people is needed for this service.
A small backpack is available upon request. Photos can also be taken and made available to each participant following their…
Tours are conducted on the multitude of trails that only locals know inside and out on Mount Douglas, or as the First Nations call, Pkols meaning the "beginning of time" for the Coast Salish people. As a local and expert in this area, I know every corner and bump and where local wildlife, sea-life or unique flora are most visible. This is home to redtail hawks, bald eagles, owls, turkey vultures, hummingbirds and the red-headed woodpecker.
Guests will need to wear proper footwear (flip flops are not appropriate). A light wind breaker if raining.
I am trained in first aid and CPR and have a lifelong experience in healthy living and activity in the outdoors. I am a long-time Victoria resident and you won't be disappointed on this hike!