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20 September, 2021

One Way to The Top

Malahat SkyWalk is conveniently located on the east side of the Malahat Highway, driving 35 minutes north of Victoria. It is situated along the Pacific Marine Circle Route and in the heart of the Cowichan Valley wine region – adding a new perspective on southern Vancouver Island to both of these iconic road trips.

Depart Victoria for Goldstream Provincial Park, located at the start of the Malahat Drive enroute to Malahat SkyWalk. Only 20 minutes from downtown, Goldstream is renowned for its signature hike up Mount Finlayson overlooking Bear Mountain Resort and the City of Langford, its Fall salmon run up the Goldstream River and its waterfalls, including Niagara Falls which, at 47.5 metres (156 feet), is almost as high as its famous namesake.

Continue north and within minutes you’ll arrive at Malahat SkyWalk. Visit early to beat the crowds – we open at 10:00 a.m. daily, and are open year-round. We recommend 1.5 hours to enjoy Vancouver Island’s ‘ultimate natural high’ – slow down, take your time and breathe in the benefits of nature.

Travellers driving the Pacific Marine Circle Route north from Victoria will experience the perfect overview of the area, both visually and contextually, by including Malahat SkyWalk as one of their first stops before looping back to B.C.’s capital city via the ancient forests, trails and botanical beaches of Vancouver Island’s rugged West coast.

After walking along the 600-metre TreeWalk, up the 10-storey Spiral Tower, bravely balancing on our adventure net, riding down our spiral slide AND walking back to the Welcome Centre on the Return Trail, you’ll naturally work up an appetite.

Our café stocks grab-and-go provisions or continue 10 minutes up the road to Mill Bay for coffee and homemade donuts with the locals at Bru-Go’s Coffee. For lunch, we recommend Bridgemans Bistro with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Mill Bay Marina and popular patio in summer. If you’re returning to Victoria, enjoy continued views of Finlayson Arm while dining with our neighbours: Villa Eyrie Resort or Moon Water Lodge.

North of Mill Bay, don’t miss a stop at Cowichan Bay – North America's first Cittaslow-designated community. The slow pace of Cow Bay lends itself to strolling the historic fishing docks, browsing the storefronts and breathing in the smell of freshly baked bread, or the ocean air on a kayaking or whale watching tour.

You can’t visit the Cowichan Valley – officially named a wine region in 2020 – without tasting its terroir. Legendary Canadian foodie, James Barber, once referred to Cowichan as “Canada’s Provence,” and if you explore the edible landscape, you’ll discover why. Wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries and agritourism experiences abound.

Stay overnight in the heart of the Cowichan Valley or consider Duncan, known as the “City of Totems.” The Pacific Marine Circle Route heads west from Duncan so you’ll be primed to explore more of Vancouver Island in the morning. At 289 km (179 miles), the Pacific Marine Circle Route will take road-trippers past scenic rivers, lakes, ocean views and some of the most majestic, old-growth rainforests on Vancouver Island, before returning back to Victoria.