The quickest getaway to the west coast wilderness from Victoria begins in Sooke, about an hour’s drive from the Inner Harbour. Fly through the trees on ziplines. Swim and explore the geological wonders at Sooke Potholes Regional Park (accessible by car or after biking along the flat forested Galloping Goose trail). Head out to sea on a whale-watching or sport fishing boat. And enjoy a meal in casual bistros or several of Canada’s slow-food restaurants. Further along the majestically scenic West Coast Road is French Beach, an easy access spot for family picnics by the sea. Backpackers embark on a multi-day Juan de Fuca Marine Trail at its China Beach trailhead. And surfers ride the waves in Jordan River and at Sombrio Beach.