galloping-goose-program-id-webThis picturesque multi-use trail, formerly a railway line, moves through urban, rural and wilderness scenery on its 55 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.

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 29 kilometre former railway line from Saanich to Sidney.

Trail Rating: Accessible (paved sections) to Easy
Length: 55km
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 (11km one way).

From Victoria, follow the Galloping Goose Trail, then Atkins Avenue, to Mill Hilll Regional Park (12km 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 (9km 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 (5km one way).

Park at Roche Cove Regional Park, and follow the Galloping Goose Trail to Sooke Potholes Regional Park (13km 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 (40km one way).

Amenities

Bike Rack Drinking Water Information Kiosk Parking Lot Picnic Area Public Transit Toilet Accessible Toilet Wheelchair Access

 

How to Get There

From Downtown Victoria

Start at the corner of Wharf Street and Pandora Avenue. Cross the Johnson Street bridge, then turn right on the paved path that connects to Harbour Road and the trail.

There are many access points to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail.

Parking Lots

Public Transportation

BC Transit bus #61 from Victoria to Sooke stops at various locations along the route of the Trail. Contact BC Transit for schedule information.

Photo Credit

© Image courtesy of Cindy Andrie

British Columbia Canada

Alerts & Notices

  • Fire Hazard Rating EXTREME

    The fire danger is currently rated as EXTREME for southern Vancouver Island. Please take extreme care in our parks and natural areas. Fires and smoking are prohibited in CRD regional parks.

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Regional Trails Management Plan

CRD is preparing a management plan for the regional trails system and is seeking the public’s input. Read more >>

Control of Knotweeds

An invasive species control project is underway treating knotweed along the Galloping Goose. Read more >>

Trail Habits

Share the Trail

Keep right except to pass.

Alert Others

When passing, alert others and control your speed.

Yield to Others

Cyclists yield to all other trail users. Hikers yield to equestrians.

Respect the Trail

Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers.

Be Alert and Visible

Wear reflective gear and use caution at road crossings.

Pet Etiquette

Dogs must be on the right hand side of the trail. On the Lochside and E&N trails dogs must be leashed. On the Galloping Goose dogs must be under control.

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