Vancouver Island’s Newest Attraction: Malahat Skywalk

Vancouver Island is a beautiful place to vacation, and there are always new tourist attractions to explore. The latest addition to the island is the Malahat Skywalk, a giant outdoor slide that is perfect for teenagers and families.

Malahat Skywalk
The Malahat Skywalk, a giant outdoor spiral slide, on Vancouver Island near Victoria, BC. Photo by Karen Chow

The Malahat Skywalk is a must-see for any visitor to Vancouver Island. Located just outside of Victoria, the skywalk offers stunning views of the Coast Mountains and the Strait of Georgia.

The Malahat Skywalk is a 600 meter tree walk that leads up to a 32 meter lookout tower. From the top of the tower, you can see stunning views of Finlayson Arm, Saanich Peninsula, Mount Baker, and the Coast Mountains. The whole experience is wheelchair and stroller-friendly, so everyone can enjoy it.

The walk up the winding stairs offers a unique perspective of the rainforest canopy below you. The ascent is easy and doesn’t require any particular fitness level. However, the spiral staircase can be a bit intimidating for visitors with height phobia.

Malahat Skywalk view of Finlayson Arm
The gorgeous view from the top of the tower. Photo by Karen Chow

There is also a 20 meter spiral slide that takes you back down from the lookout tower. This is one of the most unique aspects of the Malahat Skywalk and it’s sure to be a hit with teenagers and kids.

At the top of the tower is the highlight of the Skywalk: a suspended mesh walkway that offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Pacific Northwest forests and the Salish Sea. You can walk over it and look straight down. The best part of this walkway is that it’s built to sway in the wind, giving visitors an illusion of walking on a cloud. If you’re not afraid of heights, walking on the suspended mesh walkway will transport you to another world entirely. It’s super scary, but fun!

My family hanging out at the top of the mesh, looking down ten stories. Photo by Karen Chow

The visitors can also enjoy the Skywalk’s giant slide, which offers an exhilarating experience as you slide down 20 meters to the base of the tower. The slide is perfect for kids and adults who are looking for a bit of extra adventure. If you’re not a fan of sliding down, then take the stairs to get back to the parking lot.

Getting There

Located just a 35-minute drive from Victoria, the Malahat Skywalk is easily accessible and is a perfect day trip for those who want to experience nature’s majesty. Upon reaching the site, visitors are greeted with ample parking spaces. From the parking lot, a short walk up the hill brings you to the ticket booth. The Malahat Skywalk is open year-round, with different rates applicable depending on the time of day and season. We recommend visiting on a sunny day to fully enjoy the view from the top.

The Cost

The only downside of the Malahat Skywalk is that it can be a bit expensive. The ticket prices depend on the time of the day you visit, and the type of experience you want to have. The basic adult admission rate is $34.95, while the youth admission rate is $24.95. Despite the high rates, we believe that the views and experiences provided by Malahat Skywalk are well worth the money. For our group, we had three adults and three kids, so it was a bit spendy, but they do have a family rate. Also, there is a 25% discount after 5 pm, so that is a good option.

Arbutus trees

The forest walk to get to the slide is quite unusual, with many arbutus trees. Arbutus trees, also known as madrone or madrona trees, are evergreen trees that are native to the Pacific Northwest region of North America. These stunning trees are characterized by their smooth red bark and glossy green leaves, and they can grow to be up to 100 feet tall. Arbutus trees are an important part of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem, and they provide shelter and food for a variety of birds and animals. In addition, the bark of these trees is used by Native Americans for a variety of medicinal purposes. Arbutus trees are truly a unique and fascinating part of the natural world.

I loved walking through the forest and seeing these super cool arbutus trees. Photo by Karen Chow


Malahat Skywalk is located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is situated along the Pacific Marine Circle Route in Cowichan Valley, 35 minutes north of Victoria and one hour south of Nanaimo.


In conclusion, the Malahat Skywalk on Vancouver Island is an ideal spot for anyone who wants to experience an exciting day trip surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery. The unparalleled view from the observation deck, the exhilarating slide, and the suspended mesh walkway make this attraction unique and unforgettable. Even though the Malahat Skywalk can be a bit pricey, we highly recommend adding it to your bucket list as it’s definitely worth the visit.

Malahat Skywalk is also the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature and take in some breathtaking views. The Malahat Skywalk is a great place to enjoy the forest and get some exercise. The walk up the ramp is long, but it’s worth it for the view from the top. The mesh at the top of the slide is a little scary, but it’s safe. The slide down is the best part. My family and I did have a really run time there, so I would highly recommend it. So, go ahead and plan your next adventure to this amazing attraction, we guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Malahat Skywalk
The cool spiral ramp. Photo by Karen Chow


1. How much does it cost to visit the Malahat Skywalk?

The cost of admission if you buy tickets online is $34.95 for adults, $30.95 for seniors, and $20.95 for children ages 6-17. Children under the age of 6 are free. Family ticket is $95. If you buy tickets at the ticket window, it costs $2 more.

2. Is the Malahat Skywalk open all year round?

Yes, the skywalk is open all year round.

3. What are Malahat Skywalk’s hours of operation?


November 5 – March 12

Gate Admission: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm


March 13 – June 4

Gate Admission: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm


June 5 – September 4

Gate Admission: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm


September 5 – October 9

Gate Admission: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

4. Are there any age restrictions for the spiral slide?

Anyone over five (5) years of age and over 42″ tall can ride the slide. All riders must slide solo, so if your child isn’t comfortable doing that, then they should skip the slide.

Malahat Skywalk
Photo by Karen Chow

5. Can I bring my dog to the Malahat skywalk?

This is not a pet friendly experience and we do not allow any animals other than Certified Guide and Service Dogs.

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  1. Oh very cool! I was just in Vancouver and have yet to make my way to the island. One of these days, and I will add this to my list. Thanks!

  2. This reminds me a little of the walkway they have put up in the Black Forest in Germany! The views are absolutely spectacular.

  3. This is super cool & unique! I love when high-up attractions allow you to see directly below you. It really puts into perspective how high up in the air you are.

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