Victoria Hiking Trails RatingThe Galloping Goose Regional Trail developed from a disused railway line begins at the Johnson Street bridge in downtown Victoria and goes in two directions.  One direction goes to the Vancouver ferry terminal at Swartz Bay, 35km away.  And the other 55km through the Western Communities, out past Sooke ending near the ghost town, Leechtown.

The downtown portions of the trail are paved, however, past that  the trail is packed down gravel and hard dirt trail.  There are convenient kilometre markers all along the trail emanating from the Johnson Street starting point.  As popular for joggers as it is for walkers, hikers and cyclists, from downtown Victoria the Galloping Goose Trail is immediately impressive.  The Selkirk Trestle, a ridiculously extravagant and long bridge spans the ocean inlet that branches off from the Inner Harbour.  This beautiful, 300 metre long and several metres wide bridge is almost entirely constructed of wood.  Large fir and hemlock beams that are perfectly suited to the start of a trail rich in history and in a city that is almost always beautiful.  It doesn't matter if it is a gorgeous sunny day or a dreary and rainy day.  Crossing the Selkirk Trestle in any weather is pretty, and that is just the first 5 minutes of the marvellous Galloping Goose Trail.  A hugely popular bike trail, the Galloping Goose gets its name from the train that used to run between Victoria and Sooke, a century ago.  The train tracks are long gone, but the route remains.

Galloping Goose Regional Trail

Now the Galloping Goose is part of the enormous Trans Canada Trail.  The 15000 kilometre, multi-use trail stretches from coast to coast.  There are endless variations to hiking, biking, walking and running the Galloping Goose Trail.  There are dozens of good access points and many of them have dedicated free parking lots(see the maps for parking).  Heading out from downtown Victoria you pass by several of Victoria's best hikes and hiking attractions.  Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Park is just a short detour from the Galloping Goose Trail and well worth it.  On a bike, the detour to Fort Rodd Hill is just 10 minutes.

Fort Rodd Hill Fisguard Lighthouse

Fort Rodd Hill Fisguard Lighthouse

Fort Rodd Hill

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The West Coast Trail

  Day 1 Pachena to Darling  Day 2 Darling to Tsusiat  Day 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah  Day 4 Carmanah to Walbran  Day 5 Walbran to Cullite  Day 6 Cullite to Camper  Day 7 Camper to Thrasher  CampsiteMichigan Creek at 12k  CampsiteDarling River at 14k  CampsiteOrange Juice Creek at 15k  CampsiteTsocowis Creek at 16.5k  CampsiteKlanawa River at 23k CampsiteTsusiat Falls at 25k  CampsiteCribs Creek at 42k  CampsiteCarmanah Creek at 46k  CampsiteBonilla Creek at 48k  CampsiteWalbran Creek at 53k  CampsiteCullite Cove at 58k  CampsiteCamper Bay at 62k  CampsiteThrasher Cove at 70k

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

The Nuu-chah-nulth (aka the Wickaninnish Trail), has the amazing distinction among all the other beach hikes in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor, in that it is flanked on one side by the amazing, and historic ...
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Hot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino.  Lots of whale watching companies offer whale watching/hot springs tours for very reasonable prices.  The boat ride is out on the open ocean is quite fun ...
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At 53 metres, Virgin Falls is quite an impressive sight.  You walk through the short, two minute forest trail to reach it and it fills your view.  It is located in a beautiful oasis it has created.  A large, ice ...
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Radar Beach is one of the countless places that makes this part of the world so amazing.  It is difficult to get to due to it having an unmarked trailhead, steep and muddy trail, and considerable climbing and ...
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Victoria Hiking Trails

Goldstream Provincial Park and Mount Finlayson are beautiful places that are definitely a must-see on any visit to Victoria.  Huge coastal rainforest trees everywhere.  An impressively golden river, an ...
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Grass Lake(aka Grasse Lake or Grassie Lake) is a moderately difficult trail to a beautifully remote lake far in the wilderness of Sooke.  Popular for swimming and escaping the world.  It is a beautiful and ...
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Huge Douglas-fir trees and tremendous views are the highlights of this beautiful Provincial Park just 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, near Sidney.  Located high up on Mount Newton near Victoria, John Dean ...
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Esquimalt Lagoon is a wonderful stretch of beach that extends two kilometres, separating the lagoon from the ocean.  The beach is made up of wonderful, powdery sand and driftwood logs.  Looking out from the ...
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The West Coast Trail

The route from Darling River to Tsusiat Falls is just under 12 kilometres and quite a lot of that distance can be hiked on the beach. From Darling River you can take an inland route or walk along the beach. ...
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Day 1 on the West Coast Trail hiking south from the Pachena trailhead is a fairly relaxing first day. Your first beach, Pachena Beach is a lovely, wide, sandy arch that stretches to a thick wall of forest on ...
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