The Galloping Goose is a 60 km bike trail, mostly easy grade of less than 5% stretching from Victoria BC to Sooke. Established in 1987, this trail is a rails-to-rails conversion of a passenger car built during World War One, as part of the Trans Canada Rail. The Galloping Goose is named after the passenger car that travelled between Victoria and Sooke twice a day, on Canadian National Railway line in the 1920’s.
The Galloping Goose Trail is city maintained and offers the most diverse scenery from a bike on Vancouver Island. The trail begins in a more urban setting from Victoria through to Langford and Colwood, and quickly turns in to rolling farmland as it travels through Metchosin. Along the way, the trail is lined with Garry Oak’s, as well as Broad leaf Maple, Douglas Fir and Arbutus trees. Not only is this trail picturesque, but has the wildlife to match it. Deer are regular sightings on the trail, as well as Bald Eagles during the late fall and winter months.
There are several ways to explore this trail on a bike. We offer a self guided tour, known as our West Coast Adventure. With this service we drive you out in our shuttle van with your bikes, after you have been fitted in the shop, and drop you off at the Sooke Potholes near the end of the trail. With this option you get to ride the trail back into town, and will get expert advice from the guide driving you about the trail. There is always the option of renting bikes from us for the day and hoping onto the trail yourself.
The Lochside Trail is a 36 km bike trail leading from Victoria to Swartz Bay. This trail is also a rail-to-rails conversion from an old railway line that linked Victoria and Sidney as part of the Trans Canada Rail. The Lochside Trail was established in 2001 and serves as Victoria’s most scenic route to some of our most popular destinations.
The Lochside Trail is a beautiful mix of beaches and farmland. Through the city and Cordova Bay there are many opportunities for seaside views, the best being a tiny detour to Island View Beach Regional Park. This trail also has numerous places to stop for lunch, dinner, or a wine or cider ‘tasting’, including Sea Cider, Matticks Farm and the Beach House Restaurant in Cordova Bay. Additionally, there are many restrooms and water stations along the trail.
There are quite a few ways to utilize this gorgeous trail, as it leads to the Butchart Gardens, as well as the town of Sidney. We offer a self guided tour to the Butchart Gardens, where you would be taking the Lochside Trail back into town, as well as the drop service taking you out to the end of the trail. If you were looking to just rent bikes for the day, an excellent day trip would be riding out on the trail to Sidney or some of the surrounding wineries.
Feel free to book online or phone in to book any of these services, and we hope to see you out on the trails!