Free Things to Do in Vic West!

Looking for free things to do in Vic West? Check some ideas out here! 

Whether you’re by yourself, with kids, friends or family, Vic West is always a great place to disconnect from the daily routine and connect with nature. Don’t let winter lock you in your home! So take your coat, gloves and rain shoes and plan your next adventure.

Looking for some exercise? 

Checkout the Songhees Walkway! It’s a beautiful path that not only has an extraordinary view of the waterfront but also has benches along the way where you can sit and rest. It’s an excellent walkway to do with kids and pets. So take a walk, run or do some yoga!

You can tour the short option, which is a 6-kilometre path, or you can combine the walk with the Galloping Goose Trail, which runs north along the west side of the harbour. That trail will transport you through different kinds of trees, with birdsong and the falling water. These are just some of the things that make the Galloping Goose trail an amazing place to visit. 

Want to eat outside? 

When the rain stops take a picnic to Colvile Island Observatory Point! Also on Songhees Walkway, you will find a table and two benches at the very edge of the water with an extraordinary view of the seaplanes taking off or landing. So, prepare homemade food (easy to carry) and enjoy a very magical meal. Find the exact point here! 

Looking for fun for the whole family?

Explore Vic West Park! This park is the second-largest park in Victoria West and it has different spots for everyone to enjoy. Let’s start with the skate park: even more challenging now, you can find here two new bowls with over ten elements including a transition pyramid, pump bump, steep bank extension and a transition extension.

Aren’t so interested in skating? Don’t worry. If you continue walking through the park you will find a multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer, a basketball court and a lawn bowling club!

But, what about the youngest in the family? No problem at all! There two playgrounds to enjoy. The first one includes a structure for children from two to five years old and the second one from five to twelve. Important: the park is equipped with public washrooms and two parking areas so you can with the car and all the toys and stuff your children need!

Pets are allowed? Of course, they are! And we have amazing news for them too: Vic West Park has a dog off-leash area, placed in the northeast corner of the park. The fully fenced off-leash dog area includes a double gate to keep dogs safe as they enter the dog park and a water fountain for people and dogs. 

Looking for indoor activities? 

Check out some of Vic West’s awesome businesses and window shop! This is a perfect rainy day activity for those who prefer to stay dry! Wander through the aisles of the market garden, or browse the new items at Callia on Craigflower. Vic West is also home to two-second hand stores, Sailor Jack Consignment and Women in Need Cooperative.

There are a lot of free spots to enjoy in Vic West, these are our favourites! If you know others, share them with us on social media and let’s spread the word. Find us on Facebook as /VicWestCA.

By: Tatianna Leanza, VWCA Volunteer

author: Coordinator


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