At the northern end of Saanich Peninsula is Sidney, a book and boating town popular with boaters from all over the Pacific Northwest who have been docking at Sidney’s marinas year after year. Sunny Sidney offers scenic seaside walks, beautiful water views, enticing attractions and activities, plenty of great shops and restaurants, and friendly locals.
Travelling west out of Victoria on the Trans-Canada Highway and the West Coast Highway 14, visitors will pass through Sooke, a bustling town known for its community spirit and pride, and for exceptional outdoor adventure experiences. Those looking for relaxation will find plenty of beaches and parks to explore, while the more energetic can choose from golfing, cycling, fresh and saltwater fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and much more.
The West Coast Road ends at the quaint village of Port Renfrew, known for fresh and saltwater fishing, canoeing in the San Juan River, and dense forests of massive trees. Port Renfrew also marks the southern end of the West Coast Trail. The friendly local pubs and inns are havens for hikers from all over the world embarking on or completing their treks on the West Coast Trail or the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.
North of Victoria on the Trans-Canada Highway travellers will cross the Malahat (summit 356 metres/1,156 feet) with splendid views of Saanich Inlet, the Saanich Peninsula and the BC Gulf Islands. Malahat Drive climbs through imposing mature forests and over rugged mountainside before dropping down into the Cowichan Valley.
The following communities are located in the South Island region. Click on a name for detailed information on that community or area.