Sky-High Spring Break Fun for Everyone
Families, friends and wildlife unite at Malahat SkyWalk
Spring Break is coming and that marks the beginning of so many things we love, including longer days, warmer weather and plenty more family friendly activities to do. Here on the west coast, our winter hibernation is drawing to an end and we are STOKED to get out from inside and explore the great outdoors while our furry and feathered friends come out in full force as well. Is there anything better than hearing the birds chirping, feeling the fresh spring air and walking amongst the arbutus trees. You may have a list of spring break activities to try, but time flies when you’ve got time off, so make sure you don’t miss a visit to the iconic Malahat SkyWalk.
Perfect for family adventurers, Malahat SkyWalk is located just 35 minutes north of Victoria and conveniently located with direct access from the Malahat Highway. Take the short drive up with the entire family to experience this classic Vancouver Island experience. The Malahat SkyWalk can be enjoyed by all ages and is fully accessible for wheelchairs, strollers and walkers.
Fuel Up for the Fun
There are plenty of things to see and do for children young and old. As you enter the Malahat SkyWalk, visitors can stop by our café - which offers a variety of hot and cold beverages and snacks, including many local favourites. Enjoy some peace and treats in a number of picturesque seating areas or keep them for later when you may want to kick back as the kiddos hit the playground at the base of the tower.
Start your journey along the 600m elevated walkway that places you among the forest canopy of Vancouver Island’s evergreen arbutus and douglas firs. Breathe in the fresh air and hear the sounds of a west coast rainforest, including the song and chatter of a huge variety of birds. Along the walkway, look for local artist Tanya Bub’s driftwood sculptures nestled in the forest. You’ll feel like you’re walking through Mother Nature’s art gallery. Along with the sculptures, several interpretive panels speak to the wildlife, flora, fauna and viewpoints throughout the Malahat SkyWalk.
As you exit the walkway you start your ascension to the top of the 10-story spiral tower. Whether you’re walking, strolling or rolling, you’ll notice the impressive engineering and design as you make your way up to the top to take in the stunning views. Once you make it to the top, you’ll see why we have a habit of using the word “breathtaking”. Take in 360 degree views of the Island, fjords, forests and mountains. You even get views of two countries: Canada and our American neighbour. Look over Mount Baker, the Brentwood Bay Area, the Saanich Peninsula and more.
Test your bravery by traversing the adventure net, a 900 square foot net suspended over the middle of the tower, where you can walk (or crawl!) and look down from the top of the tower to the bottom . Once you’ve taken in the panoramic views and taken a trip (or a breather) on the adventure net, it’s time to fly down the FAMOUS spiral slide within the tower’s core. Ready, set, go! The spiral slide descends 7 stories in almost 10 seconds. It’s all smiles at the base of the tower, where most kids will be wanting to make the trip again. And you can! With a day pass you can go up the tower and down the slide as many times as you like.
Stay a While
To finish off your Spring Break adventure at Malahat SkyWalk, join us at the fire pit where you can bring your own marshmallows to roast or sit and relax with café drinks and snacks and feel a million miles from the grind, Island-style.
You can head back to the Welcome Centre for some Island souvenirs or more pictures to cap off the end of your Spring Break adventure at the Malahat SkyWalk. What a day it’s been.