Mill Hill Regional Park covers 50 hectares of forest adjacent to Thetis Lake Regional Park, 15 minutes northwest of Victoria. From April through July, the park is ablaze with delicate wildflowers, boasting showy displays of common camas, white fawn lilies, tiger lilies and calypso orchids.
Mill Hill used to function as a forestry watch tower, the concrete foundation of which still remains on the hill summit.
Beginning at the parking lot, a 30-minute trek along the Calypso Trail winds through the old forest of Douglas-fir, cedars and grand firs to the Summit Trail, which takes you to the summit of Mill Hill, elevation 200 metres.
From here there are spectacular views of Victoria, Esquimalt Harbour and the Sooke Hills. On a clear day the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca beckon from Washington state in the US.