Protecting Our Wild Coast
Residents of the Victoria region enjoy many opportunities to access wilderness on their doorstep. Scenic beauty, spectacular hiking, marine and wildlife viewing can be reached by less than a two hours' drive or even by city bus. The Sooke Hills watershed, owned and protected by the city as a water supply area, provides pure drinking water that is among the best of any Canadian city. Large tracts of forest between Sooke and Port Renfrew, and in the Malahat area, are key to wildlife survival on southern Vancouver Island.