Victoria BC Outdoors
Victoria offers a range of biking and hiking opportunities, one of the most popular being The Galloping Goose Regional Trail, named for the gas-powered passenger car that carried mail and 30 passengers twice daily between Victoria and Sooke during the 1920s.
As well, Victoria is a wonderful bird-watching area, with over 388 different species of birds having been recorded in this region.
When visiting Victoria, don’t forget to visit the lovely gulf islands, just a short ferry ride away.
Galloping Goose Trail
It is part of the Trans Canada Trail, a national multi-use trail system linking trails from coast to coast. This Trail of over 60 kilometres winds through neighbourhoods, fields, and forests, crossing bridges and trestles above rocky cliffs and rushing rivers.
The Galloping Goose can be experienced on foot, bike and horseback. It starts in Victoria, winds its way through the Saanich Peninsula, and then along to Sooke, following the Sooke River, including the Sooke Potholes, a popular swimming hole. From downtown Victoria, start at the corner of Wharf Street and Pandora Avenue. Cross the Johnson Street bridge, then turn right on the paved path that connects to Harbour Road and the trail.
Hiking & Cycling Tours
Tours are offered by several companies, including:
- Switchbridge Tours
- Cycle Treks EcoTour Adventures
Downloadable Maps & Information of Popular Trails
- The Galloping Goose
- Saanich Bicycle Routes