Search Tourism Victoria for activities, events, places and more. A city surrounded by water, Victoria's coastline features many beautiful beaches, all of which are arguably worth a visit. This summer, why not explore the magic of Victoria's most secluded beaches? Slightly out of the way and totally worth the drive, Mystic Beach is located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island about an hour north of Victoria. Getting out there includes a scenic drive along a beautiful, windy coastal road.
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The adventure continues as you park your car and continue on foot through tangled, mossy boreal rainforest, across a suspension bridge and down a staircase made of a gigantic fallen log on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. After this easy but interesting 30 minute hike, you will find yourself at wild, wonderful Mystic Beach. Keep an eye out for the many natural waterfalls and take a ride on the rope swing!
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It's located in Fairfield, which is walking distance from both downtown and Cook Street Village. It gets the most sun of any beach in Victoria, as it's located right on the southern tip of the island. It's also a fantastic place for skim boarding when the tide is out. While this beach is secluded, it can also get quite busy in the summer and especially on weekends.
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Keep that in mind - it may not be the place to go if you're looking for peace and quiet, but you can pretty much guarantee good people watching. Located on the Saanich Peninsula, Island View Beach occupies a beautiful stretch of coastline on the east side of the island. It's a great place to go for a long walk, and is dog-friendly. Dombrowski has since released three more books resulting in the Secret Beaches guidebook series. Each of the Secret Beaches books provide in-depth explanations of each beach. Descriptions are broken down into a number of categories including parking, suitability for children and groups, seclusion, view and accessibility.
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The books also offer recommendations for various activities, like best places to launch kayaks. Dombrowski says one of the most difficult and time consuming aspects of creating the Secret Beaches books, was ensuring the weather was nice enough for him to take photos.
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On some of his trips, Dombrowski would drive out to a beach, only to discover that it was nothing more than just the edge of a cliff or something else entirely. Dombrowski says during the research and exploration phase, he was intrigued by how different regional districts handle public access to beaches. Now retired, Dombrowski spent his professional life as an English professor, having taught at Lester Pearson College in Victoria as well as in Italy and Norway.
In addition to his written work, Dombrowski is also an active artist and painter.
Many of his books typically feature beautiful paintings. For the Secret Beaches series, Dombrowski painted various beach landscapes as a way to provide readers with a different perspective.