British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide
In mid-summer, residents there may be basking in 25 degrees air with barely a breath of wind, while people walking at the seafront in Victoria are bundled up in gortex jackets, braving chilling winds and 14 degrees temperatures.
The Highlands are wild and well forested with fir and arbutus, dotted with rocky hills and bluffs and criss crossed with small creeks, lakes and bogs. The area is beloved by hikers, cyclists and swimmers.
More than one-third of the Highlands is protected in municipal, regional, and provincial parks. These include Thetis Lake Park, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and Mount Work Regional Park. There are dedicated mountain bike trails that access some of the area off Hartland Road.
The Highlands has only about 2000 permanent residents. These people prefer a rural life, close to nature, and do not mind driving the twisty, sometimes bumpy roads that give access to this unique suburb of Victoria. A charmingly restored yet still rustic homestead, the Caleb Pike house (1883), has monthly folk music evenings with new and established performers.
Highlands Things to Do