A Fun Afternoon To Experience The Malahat Skywalk Outside of Victoria BC
When we explored around the Malahat on Saanich Inlet, we were glad we planned a trip to experience the Malahat Skywalk. The walk through the trees and then the climb up the tower were a great way to enjoy the outdoors on Vancouver island. A fun day trip after we saw the Butchart Gardens in brilliant fall colours.
This was the second skywalk and tower we enjoyed. On our travels in the Czech Republic, we enjoyed a visit to the Lipno Treewalk. So we were excited when we saw the new Malahat Skywalk was open.
Getting To The Malahat Skywalk
The Malahat Skywalk was added as a new attraction in the summer of 2021. It was a partnership between A. Spire By Nature and the Malahat Nation. It was an easy drive north from Victoria up Highway 19 on Vancouver Island. The part of the highway that goes up the mountain is referred to as the Malahat.
We stopped at the viewpoint on the Malahat and got some early views. And with a zoom lens, we got our first sight of the Malahat Skywalk tower out on the point.
Driving north, it was an easy right hand exit into the Malahat Skywalk site. But driving south, you needed to go past the Malahat Skywalk and take a turn-around exit and come in driving north.
When we arrived for an afternoon to experience the Malahat Skywalk, the parking lot was empty. We did not purchase tickets in advance and there was no wait for us to start our walk.
The site map provided us with a good view of our path. From the Welcome Centre we walked along the elevated skywalk to the spiral tower. We walked up the tower and then went down the slide. Our walk back was along the dirt path return trail.
Great Driftwood Art At The Malahat Skywalk
The first stop we made was at the Gathering Place. We saw our first driftwood sculpture and were not quite sure what reptile it was.
But then we were captivated by the two cougars created in driftwood by Tanya Bub. The sculptures of Luke and Leah were amazingly true to life.
When we went up on the elevated skywalk, we found the next piece we looked for. The owl sat high in a tree just over the walkway.
On our visit to experience the Malahat Skywalk, we knew there were other pieces of driftwood art. But we missed both the herons and the eagle on our visit. Maybe you will see them when you visit!
Along The Elevated Skywalk
The wooden skywalk headed away from the Welcome Centre for about 600m (or ~ 2000 feet). It had a very gradual slope and was easy to walk. At one point we saw an emergency exit ramp that led down to the dirt return trail below.
The skywalk went through the forest of Arbutus and Douglas Fir treetops. When we looked down we saw how high we were off the ground and got a glimpse of the metal supports for the walkway.
Along the way we saw a number of different exhibit boards. One talked about the extensive root system that joined the trees. Another provided information about the mysterious Sasquatch, Sasq’ets (in Salish) or ‘Big Foot’. When we looked closely, we saw the Sasquatch in the trees. Our first encounter with a Sasquatch was when we visited the hot springs at Harrison Hot Springs. Yet another showed the wildlife found in the nearby forests. There were many spots to sit and enjoy being at the treetop level.
Experience the Malahat Skywalk and you will be educated along the way.
Climbing The Tower
When we reached the end of the walkway, we got our first view of the Malahat Skywalk spiral tower. The tower rose about 10 storeys (250m or ~820 feet). The walkway was a spiral wooden path at a gentle 5-8 degrees.
We found it was an easy walk at a slow pace and it took us less than 10 minutes to reach the top. As we walked up, we saw a central metal spiral staircase and the metal slide.
Experience the Malahat Skywalk and get a bit of exercise climbing the tower.
Experience The Malahat Skywalk From The Top Of The Tower
When we reached the top of the Malahat Skywalk tower we wandered around the top platform and took in the views from all sides. We had views along the Saanich Peninsula and the Finlayson Fjord. Off in the distance we saw the Gulf and San Juan islands. And on a clear day, Mt Baker was even visible.
For a bit of fun, we found the Adventure Net. At many viewpoints on our travels, we found glass floors with views down to the ground. Instead the Adventure Net was a metal net that we walked on. We were a bit worried that our feet would go through the net but that was not a problem. This was not a trampoline but David found fun ways to goof off on the net.
We enjoyed our time at the top of the Malahat Skywalk tower. We were sorry the clouds moved in on our visit and we did not get bright sunshine views. But it was still interesting to take in the panoramic sights.
Heading Down On The Slide
There were two ways down from the top of the Malahat Skywalk tower. The easy way was to re-trace the walk down the tower. But we were not passing on the fun way.
The Malahat Skywalk slide started a few levels down from the top. We walked back down the ramp and got in line to slide down. David went first and tried to video his trip. And then I went down screaming with delight all the way.
We saw many people head back up and they did the slide over and over again. But one slide was enough for us. We went to the cantilevered lookout platform and enjoyed a last look out at the view.
Experience the Malahat Skywalk and have a lot of fun on the slide down.
Wander Back Along The Dirt Path
From the bottom of the Malahat Skywalk tower, we stopped for a view back and up the tower. A sign by the tower proclaimed this was the first of its kind in North America. But this was the second skywalk and tower we enjoyed. On our travels in the Czech Republic, we enjoyed a visit to the Lipno Treewalk.
We started out on the dirt return trail. The trail was a slight downhill path and ran alongside the Skywalk path. From below we got a great view of the supports under the Skywalk.
We found the trail was an easy walk back.
Experience The Malahat Skywalk For A Fun Day Trip Outside Victoria BC
We were so happy we planned to experience the Malahat Skywalk on our stay the Victoria area when we visited Vancouver Island in the Fall. We enjoyed a stroll at the treetop level. It was an easy walk up the tower and worth it for the panoramic views. And so much fun to take the slide to get down.
We had so many awesome outdoor experiences on our visit to British Columbia in the Fall. And were glad we added the Malahat Skywalk to the plans.
Have you had the chance to experience the Malahat Skywalk outside of Victoria BC?
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