We will be visiting Victoria in June, arriving Friday and leaving Sunday. We have visited in the past and would like to do something different one of the days-- perhaps explore the coastline.
On the day we arrive, we plan to go directly from the ferry to Butchart Gardens, for most of the day, returning to Victoria to sightsee in the Inner Harbor in the late afternoon or evening, with dinner in town. The next day, we would like to spend some or most of the day out of town in an area of beautiful scenery, with opportunities for hiking, walking on the beach, and/or kayaking. We'd like to keep the drive to less than an hour each way. Would the area around Sooke be a good option? Or someplace else? And if so, what parks, beaches or areas would you suggest for a 1/2 day visit?