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Galloping Goose Trail

 A 33-mile, mostly soft surface rail trail that runs from downtown Victoria westward to Sooke and up into the foothills to a small mining town. The road crossings are all well-marked, at least out to Sooke. The trail is mostly flat, though there are a few small hills here and there. Great scenery, and some wildlife viewing opportunities. Most of the traffic on this trail is in the section nearest downtown Victoria, and it gets quieter the further south and west you head. Around Sooke Potholes it is almost deserted.
Trail begins just west of downtown Victoria

Location: British Columbia
City(s): Victoria, Esquimalt, Sooke, BC, Canada
Length: 55 miles.  km

Elevation: Flat, some gradual gain
     Gain  500
Facilities Trail Condition  
Drinking Water:  No
Restrooms:  Yes
Benches:  Yes
Picnic Tables:  Yes
Surface Type:  Mixed
Surface Quality:  6
Scenery:  8
Lighting: 1

0 = none/ the worst
5 = average
10 = excellent

Bikely trail map
E & N Trail Map
Gallopping Goose Bus Stops
Goose & Lochside Brochure Map
Goose and Lochside Trails map
Lochside Trail Brochure(p.7,8)
Maps for the Galloping Goose
Overall Map
1. Connects with the Lochside Trail just north of the Switchbridge.
2. Connects with numerous trails in Roche Cove and Matheson Lake regional parks. Most of these do not allow bicycles.
3. Is planned to connect with the E&N Rail Trail by 2012


Photo Gallery

A bend in the trail

Trail turns back and forth from paved to dirt surface

Ready for a meal? How about the Railyards Café next to the trail?

The Selkirk Trestle bridges the Portage Inlet

Riding under Bay Street

Get ready to crank it when you hit this bridge

Go left on the Goose towards Sooke, or straight for Swartz Bay on the Lochside Trail

A local bike shop, conveniently located right next to the Galloping Goose

Tunnel under a road

Junction with the highway 1 bike route

This hill was originally cleft through for the railroad

Pedestrian bridge

Crossing the Old Island Highway is a bit tricky. Try the crosswalks nearby

Fall is in the air in this shot

The road names are well marked on almost every crossing

Road goes ever on

Disappearing pavement… again

Lots of trees here

Can't miss the signs

Nice view of the lake from the trail

Grafitti in the Old West? Say it ain't so!

A local rodeo ground

More trees, less people. Peaceful…

Still peaceful

Fall colors from October 2006

Reflection from Mathieson Lake

A rocky way

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…

Trail bridge a few miles from Sooke

A view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca greets the weary trail rider

Can bearly see the trail under all these leaves

Kilometerpost 38

Trail crosses the Old Island Highway near Sooke

Bench with a view

More leaves

Forest fire danger

Old railroad trestle is now a bike bridge

Got rocks?

A glimpse of the Sooke Potholes. This shot does not do them justice


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