Distance: Caleb Pike access to Jocelyn hill 4.1 km one way. Distance: McKenzie Bight access to Jocelyn hill 5.5 km one way. Close to Victoria, easily accessed with year round hiking. Ocean views along the beautiful Finlayson Arm fjord. Masses of wildflowers Spring and early Summer and mossy forests.

Gowlland Tod is a beautiful park, running along the Finlayson Arm fjord. Jocelyn hill is in the middle of the park, and can be accessed from the Caleb Pike access at the South end (along the Ridge trail) or from the McKenzie Bight access at the North end (along the Timberman trail). With planning and two vehicles you can hike from the Caleb Pike access point, over Jocelyn hill and finish at the McKenzie Bight Access.

If starting at the McKenzie Bight Access point, a side trip to McKenzie Bight takes you to the ocean shore with mossy rocks overlooking the water.

Both the Timberman and Ridge trails wander through mossy forests, and open out to breathtaking view points along the fjord. Wildflowers carpet huge area in the Spring. Birds are everywhere. The hike is wild and beautiful in any weather. The terrain is moderate and gentle, but cumulative elevation gain is about 600 meters to Jocelyn hill from either direction.

Victoria is only 20 km from either trailhead. Pizzeria Prima Strada with traditional wood fired pizzas makes a great ending to the day...and they serve local Hoyne beer.

Pack List

  • Good hiking/walking shoes
  • Jacket
  • Raincoat and rain pants
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Click here for a trail map
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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South Vancouver Island Biogeography at its Finest

For an easy day trip in the Victoria region, Jocelyn Hill is hard to beat. Once you're through the forest and onto the ridge, the views of Finlayson Arm on a clear day are incredible. The only reason I knock it down to a 4-star is due to the highly unaesthetic power line you have to cross under en route. To avoid this, do this hike from the other end, i.e. by parking at the access to Mt. Work / Mackenzie Bight off Ross-Durrance Road.


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