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Galloping Goose Trail

This picturesque multi-use trail, formerly a railway line, moves through urban, rural and wilderness scenery on its fifty-five kilometre journey from Victoria to Sooke. You can cycle, stroll, run, or even ride a horse through the rural sections

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Galloping Goose Regional Trail - Sooke River Road Parking Lot, Sooke, BC, Canada
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Description

This picturesque multi-use trail, formerly a railway line, moves through urban, rural and wilderness scenery on its fifty-five kilometre journey from Victoria to Sooke. You can cycle, stroll, run, or even ride a horse through the rural sections. Whether you’re commuting to work, meandering on a weekend afternoon or pacing yourself from Sidney to Sooke, the trail is yours to enjoy and yours to protect.

 

History

The Galloping Goose was originally a freight railway line built during the First World War. It is part of the Trans Canada Trail, a national multi-use trail system linking trails from coast to coast. “The Goose” intersects with the Lochside Regional Trail, a twenty-nine kilometre former railway line from Saanich to Sidney.

 

Features

Trail Rating: Accessible (paved sections) to Easy
Length: 55 km
Location: Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford, View Royal, Saanich, Victoria
Established: 1987
Hours: 24/7

 

Things to Do

Come and experience the best of the Capital Region – from urban back streets to farmland and rugged wilderness, all within a day’s travel of Victoria. Travel past a quiet cove, a hidden lake, rocky outcrops, marshland, canyon land, skunk cabbage swampland, tall Douglas-fir forest, Garry oak and arbutus forest, rural farmland and waterways.

 

Suggested Day Trips
From Victoria, follow the Galloping Goose Trail, then Six Mile Road, to Thetis Lake Regional Park (eleven kilometres one way).

From Victoria, follow the Galloping Goose Trail, then Atkins Avenue, to Mill Hilll Regional Park (twelve kilometres one way).

Park at the Luxton parking area at Marwood Ave., off Happy Valley Rd. Follow the Galloping Goose Trail, then Lombard Drive and William Head Road, to Devonian Regional Park (nine kilometres one way).

Park at the Galloping Goose parking lot on Rocky Point Road and follow the trail to Matheson Lake and Roche Cove Regional Parks (five kilometres one way).

Park at Roche Cove Regional Park, and follow the Galloping Goose Trail to Sooke Potholes Regional Park (thirteen kilometres one way). You can also camp at The Land Conservancy of BC tent and RV campground adjacent to Sooke Potholes Regional Park from May to September. Cyclists pay by donation at the campground.

 

Suggested Cycle Weekend
From downtown Victoria, take the Galloping Goose Trail and overnight in the Sooke area. The next day, explore beyond Sooke or return after a detour to East Sooke Regional Park (forty kilometres one way)

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