Welcome. Here you’ll find information and maps to guide you through some of the province’s most stunning landscapes as you explore BC’s Trans Canada Trail.
(60 km one way)
The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is a 60-kilometre route running along a former rail line from downtown Victoria west to Leechtown, an abandoned mining town. This route takes you through and near the communities of Saanich, View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and Sooke. Actively used by cyclists, walkers and horseback riders, the Galloping Goose Regional Trail is managed by the Capital Regional District (CRD) Parks Department.
Check the CRD website for complete route details and maps at www.crd.bc.ca.
(~15 km one way/30km return)
Trail conditions: You will be riding on the abandoned Cowichan Subdivision Canadian National Railway corridor; expect a wide range of surface conditions, from hard packed gravel to loose, unconsolidated railway ballast. This trail is generally unsuitable for street bikes, and will require a bike with wider tires for soft surfaces.
Trail Access: There are a number of access points along this route. Those described here begin from Victoria. Head north from Victoria on Highway 1 for approximately 30 km; turn left (west) off highway on to South End Shawnigan Lake Road.
Access 1: Follow South End Shawnigan Lake Road for ~5km and turn left on to Sooke Lake Road. Continue on for 1.5 km and turn right into parking area.
Access 2: Stay on South End Shawnigan Road and turn left on West Shawnigan Lake Rd. Continue on for 5.4 km and turn left on unmarked road about 100 metres north of Harvey Road. There is some parking here and trail access to McGee Creek trestle. Note that 1km from this parking lot along West Shawnigan Lake Rd. is West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park.
Access 3: Continue on West Shawnigan Lake Rd. and access the trail at Oland Road (near Rio’s Pizza/Westside Market).
Access 4: Continue further along West Shawnigan Lake Rd. and turn left on to Renfrew Road; 1.4 km in is parking.
All of these access points to the trail will take you inland along the west side of Shawnigan Lake. The end point of this trip is the south end of the Kinsol Trestle, a magnificent heritage structure which crosses the Koksilah River, north of Shawnigan Lake.
Built by local farmers and loggers in 1911, the Kinsol Trestle is 614 feet in length and stands 145 feet above the Koksilah River. It is notable as one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world.
*Update: Restoration work on the Kinsol Trestle should now be completed. When access to the trestle is restricted, there is still a viewing platform for trail users to view and take photographs of the Kinsol Trestle.
For more information on maintenance or restoration work have a look at the Kinsol Trestle Rehabilitation Website many locals were part of this effort to help fund the project, perform timber testing, plan the construction/cleanup, and labor on the Trestle. A huge thanks goes out to all participants.
Return to your access point to complete this day trip.Community Information