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Mount Finlayson
Mount Finlayson is situated in Langford in Goldstream Provincial Park about 18 km (11 miles) north-west of downtown Victoria on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Steep Hike
Mount Finlayson is southern Vancouver Island's answer to North Vancouver's Grouse Grind and, probably, the most popular hike in the Capital Regional District (CRD). The hike up to the 419-metre (1,375-feet) high summit takes around 45 minutes to walk for an average person. But as you ascend, you'll bump into a variety of people; some who can do it in 22 minutes and other people whose goal is to do it 1,000 times in a year.

Not Recommended for Children
The 'at your own risk' trail is steep, in a rugged mountain environment, can be extremely slippery in any condition and, by a couple of warning signs posted by BC Parks, is not recommended for small children. At times the trail can be busy and you really need to watch your balance plus if you do take a dog please have the courtesy to pick up after them and keep them under control by using a leash.

Trans-Canada Hwy 1
The parking lot for Mount Finlayson is located at Finlayson Arm Road and the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Be cautious when arriving from the highway; it can be very dangerous, especially during busy times or inclement weather. There is paid parking right near the entrance to the park on Finlayson Arm Road or free parking along Trans-Canada Hwy 1, just north of the entrance at the start of the drive up the scenic Malahat.

Heavy Forested Area
The trail starts off 200 meters (660 feet) from the parking area in a heavy forested area that has grown up around Goldstream River on Finlayson Arm Road. Here you'll find an information kiosk complete with a map of the hike and advice for the trail. At the start there are two routes either by taking a set of step stairs or by going up along a trail. Large Cedar and Douglas fir trees border both trails as well as going through a thick canopy with eventually the two routes meeting up.

Bear Mountain
From here the route is very steep going through sections of roots and gnarly rock areas with loose boulders. At about the halfway point up Mount Finlayson the trail comes out of the trees and enters an area where you'll criss-cross an open rock area. From here there are great views across to the south of Bear Mountain, a resort complex complete with a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve, which was unveiled in August 2003.

Mount Tzouhalem
The trail continues up through a steep and rocky environment similar to what you might find at the Mount Tzouhalem trail near Duncan. This rocky section of the trail about two-thirds the way up requires proper walking shoes especially when coming down.

Orange Markers
The trail is marked with orange markers attached to the rock face with directional arrows placed at the switchbacks. Please do not venture off the trail as the environment is extremely sensitive and dangerous and do not transverse the trail alone. Eventually, near the top, the trail levels off more and goes through a small meadow of Garry Oaks.

Viewpoints
Once at the top of Mount Finlayson, you can enjoy a variety of views in a number of directions within the CRD. From here you can see other viewpoints and landmarks such as the Malahat, Bear Mountain Resort including large sections of the golf course, Mount Douglas plus Mount Tolmie, Mount Work, Mount Wells and Lone Tree Hill Regional Parks.

South Vancouver Island Rangers
Also situated at the top is a small brass monument donated by Smith Bros. Foundry & Machine Works of Victoria thanking the South Vancouver Island Rangers for building and maintaining the trail for safe recreational enjoyment throughout the years, especially for the people living in the CRD.

Goldstream Provincial Park
When you have finished hiking Mount Finlayson, there are more hikes located in Goldstream Provincial Park including a short walk up to see 47.5 metres (156 feet) high Niagara Falls situated on the other side of the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Goldstream Provincial Park also has a nature walk along the estuary of Finlayson Arm where you can watch migrating salmon and birds of prey, especially bald eagles.

Campground
Goldstream Provincial Park also has a large campground located off Trans-Canada Hwy on the way to Victoria 1 at Langford Parkway after turning onto Sooke Lake Road. Situated nearby to the campground is Humpback Road and Sooke Lake Road and Ma Miller's Pub which was built in 1864 offering food and refreshments.

Places to Eat
Other places to eat in Langford include the Loghouse Pub and the Chequered Flag Restaurant both located near the corner of Treanor Avenue and Millstream Road, plus a Starbucks, A&W and Tim Hortons situated near Future Shop and the Home Depot on Millstream Road.

Mount Finlayson
Mount Finlayson

 

Hike up Mount Finlayson
Not Recommended for Children

 

Free Parking on Trans-Canada Hwy 1
Free Parking on Trans-Canada Hwy 1

 

Gnarly Rock Areas
Gnarly Rock Areas

 

Mount Finlayson
Mount Finlayson

 

Orange Markers on Trail
Orange Markers on Trail

 

Beautiful Views up Mount Finlayson
Beautiful Views

 

Mount Wells Regional Park
Mount Wells Regional Park

 

Finlayson Arm
Finlayson Arm

 
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