As a mountaintop retreat overlooking the Cowichan Valley and its unique Mediterranean microclimate, we are uniquely positioned to offer a myriad of exciting outdoor adventures for you to experience during your stay with us. From hikes through lush temperate rainforests and fishing excursions along the tranquil Cowichan River to ziplining, whale watching and so much more, we are your home base for having fun! Browse through our selection of activities then contact our team to help make all the necessary arrangements.

Hiking & Points Of Interest

From old logging roads to well-traversed hiking trails, explore Vancouver Island’s awe-inspiring natural landscape, mountain vistas and ocean scenery. Within a short drive of the Resort are numerous protected forests and parks as well as an abundance of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, caves, tree groves and historic wooden rail trestles.

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

Less than 30 minutes from Villa Eyrie, Canada’s only year-round track offers a variety of half-day and full-day driving experiences where you can learn under the seasoned circuit crew. Also check out our exclusive hotel packages that bundle rooms, food, top-of-the-line car rentals and unforgettable motorsports.”

Salmon Run

Goldstream has a world-class salmon spawning stream with thousands of Chum Salmon returning each year. Bright colours and hooked jaws develop on male Chum salmon after they enter breeding streams. This accounts for the very different appearance these fish have from when they are caught in the ocean.

Goldstream Provincial Park is also home to waterfalls, including one named Niagara Falls, which is almost as tall as its namesake. Adventurous hikers can climb a steep and rugged trail to the top of Mount Finlayson, one of the highest points in the greater Victoria area. Be sure to check conditions before starting your hike. During the rainy season, parts of some trails may be closed due to flooding. (Seasonal Activity: Late September/October)

Whale Watching

Available through our partner, Ocean EcoVentures, escape to the historic, quaint and picturesque fishing village of Cowichan Bay for a half-day or full-day tour out on the calm waters of the Salish Sea which are perfect for spotting Orca, Gray, Minke or Humpback whales as well as any number of seals, sea lions, porpoises, great blue herons or bald eagles.

Outdoor Shooting Experience

This half-day experience at the 200-acre Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association just down the mountain from Villa Eyrie features a firearms safety lesson and four full rounds of basic clay pigeon trap shooting. Also included are a shotgun, target, ammunition, safety gear, full supervision, hot beverage, and a hot lunch.

From $300 per person (minimum two people, maximum six people)

Aerial Adventures

With three exhilarating parks within an hour’s drive from Resort, Villa Eyrie is your home base for ziplining and jumping courses built into the lush forests of the west coast.

Sea Kayaking

There’s no better way to experience the sea than by paddling your way through it! With the Resort only minutes from the quiet waters of Mill Bay and an experienced operator Coastal Bliss, we can help arrange kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals as well as private lessons or guided Gulf Island tours.

Mountain Biking

With a few experienced cycling shops up in Duncan and down towards Victoria, we will not only help arrange bike rentals but also help plan your route through the numerous parks and forests that surround Villa Eyrie Resort.

Mushroom Foraging

An activity for October and November, you can find chanterelles or other edible mushrooms practically everywhere on Vancouver Island. If you’re interested in a guided mycology tour, let us know and we’ll help make the necessary arrangements with a local provider, two of which are listed below.”