Galloping Goose Trail

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The Vancouver Island Trail starts at Anderson Hill in Oak Bay and initially follows close along the shoreline of Juan de Fuca Straight as far as Victoria’s Inner Harbour (an alternate route through Beacon Hill Park is an option if you prefer).  It uses the same route as the Trans Canada Trail through Victoria and then along the Galloping Goose Trail (http://www.gallopinggoosetrail.com/) to Langford along  a paved urban-style trail suited to walkers, hikers and cyclists.

From the west side of the Johnson Street bridge, follow the route along the Selkirk Waters, across the Selkirk pedestrian/bike bridge, north to the Switch Bridge at Douglas and the Trans Canada Highway.  To here the trail passes through commercial areas, but past the Switch Bridge the trail bears west and threads through mostly residential areas of Victoria, Saanich, View Royal, Colwood and Langford.

The Vancouver Island Trail diverges from the Galloping Goose at the Veteran Memorial Parkway. The route then follows a combination of urban trails and roads to and across the Westshore Parkway.  From the Parkway first via a surfaced trail past some small reservoirs and then via Irwin Road, the route becomes decidedly more rural and more natural as far as the Humpback Reservoir trailhead of the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail.

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