A pleasant 40 minute walk, starting and finishing at Gazebo B&B.
There is an immense variety of walking and hiking possibilities in the Victoria area which we can discuss with you. This is the only one where you are walking on roads but it is nonetheless quiet and enjoyable and has the advantage that no driving is required. Only the beginning and end are on roads where you’ll encounter traffic. Its rectangular route has an optional extension onto a cedar path skirting Elk Lake.
Leaving the B&B you turn right on Old West Saanich Road climbing the hill (thus it is gently downhill thereafter), keeping well to the right. At the top turn left onto Doyle Road. After a short distance you turn left on Forest Hill Road. This runs parallel to Elk Lake having nice lakeside properties and is decidedly “horsey”. You may even see some little Shetland ponies on the right.
OPTION. There is a short overgrown path leading down to the lake marked “Lake Access” on the right after about 1km / 1/2 mile. It is hard to spot but worth taking. It is rough and quite steep so watch your step. At the bottom is a wide cedar path to left and right which encircles Elk Lake. Walking around the lake will take about three hours but you could walk as long as desired and then return retracing your steps up the path to Forest Hill Road.
Continuing on your walk the road becomes darker as the trees draw closer and you follow a 90 degree turn to the left onto Elkwood Road. Here you’ll see a large stable on the left. This narrow road drops down to Oldfield Road (at the southern end of the Oldfield Valley) where you turn left and walk until you return to Gazebo B&B.
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