Gowland Tod Provinical Park: Jocelyn Hill

Calling all VI’ers!! This moderate hike is beautiful. From McKenzie Bight in Gowland Tod Provincial Park, it is about a 5 hour trip spanning 14km. Not only is there one AMAZING view at the end but there are several views along the way, which deserve a “runner up” title.

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Directions: The trail is very well marked. All you need to worry about is getting to the trail head. The trail head and parking lot are located on Ross-Durance Road in Victoria, BC. Approximately 200 meters down the road is a big parking lot with washrooms and maps. Continue 300 meters, by foot, down the road and you will come across a yellow gate. This is the trail head. From there, everything is very straight forward and signed. You are mainly looking to stay on the Timberman Trail.

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Use common sense, follow Markers, and avoid paths that are intentionally blocked off by logs and you will make it to your destination without a hitch.

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TIP: Stop at the Squally Ridge viewpoint which is on the way to Jocelyn hill and about 30 seconds off the track. Make sure to pack water, snacks and a first aid kit. We had a tumble down a hill when our foot was caught in a root.

Note:Β Please be respectful of the wildlife and ecosystems. Pack out everything you packed in and take nothing but memories!

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