Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Ride from Saanich to Downtown Victoria on Galloping Goose Trail

The Galloping Goose Trail, formerly a railway line, has become a main cycle and pedestrian route for getting around greater Victoria. Named for a passenger car that ran between Victoria and Sooke in the 1920's, this is part of the Trans Canada Trail. Overall, this trail is 55 km from Victoria to Sooke, but of course can be done in sections. For this short paved ride, start in Saanich at the switch bridge part of the trail. Riding towards downtown, at first through a light industrial area, keep an eye out as there are some side road crossings. Check out the underpasses , decorated with cool murals.

Soon you will arrive at the Selkirk trestle, a bridge spanning the Gorge waterway near downtown. 

Cross over and ride past some modern townhomes and condos , keeping along the water. You will see the skyline of downtown Victoria now. 

Follow the trail towards the Blue Bridge . Note there is no formal bike lane here, as the bridge will eventually be replaced, so keep to the side and when crossing the bridge, riders have the right to the full lane, but always be cautious as some drivers still don't understand this. 

You are now downtown and can enjoy all the sights to be seen. Check out LoJo (lower Johnson Street) for cool cafe's and funky boutiques, Chinatown , or the many brewpubs in town such as Swans . Happy cycling! 

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