What is The Great Trail?
The Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) is one of the world's longest networks of multi-use recreational trails. Once fully connected, it will stretch nearly 24,000 km from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking Canadians in nearly 1,000 communities.
The project was initiated nationally in 1992 to celebrate Canada's 125th year. In preparation for the 25th anniversary of Canada’s The Great Trail, a vital trail connection has been completed on Southern Vancouver Island. The completion of the Capital Regional District’s Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail and the 9km extension of the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) Cowichan Valley Trail, closes a gap in the route of The Great Trail.
Where is the trail located in the Capital Regional District?
Within the CRD, 40km of the TGT runs between the CRD-Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) boundary and Clover Point in Victoria. Different sections of the route have been developed and are managed by the CRD, the City of Langford, and the City of Victoria.
The CRD provides two sections of the route for the TGT. One section is along a portion of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail (15km) from the Selkirk Trestle in Victoria to Veterans Memorial Way/Kelly Road in Langford. Much of this section is relatively flat with only a few hills along the route.
The second section, the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail (13km), runs from Humpback Reservoir in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park to the CRD-CVRD boundary. This section is quite different from the Galloping Goose Regional Trail section. It is within a wilderness area and the trail route includes some very significant hills (between 10%-16% grades). The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is challenging and is not an all ages and abilities route.
Where is the trail located on Vancouver Island?
On Vancouver Island, The Great Trail spans from Nanaimo through the Cowichan Valley to Victoria.