The trails unfurl their brown banner to mountain bikers of all stripes, as they provide the traction and speed we all crave.As one of B.C’s largest growing municipalities, of its own modest size, Sooke is poised to become the outdoor recreation capital of Vancouver Island- with mountain biking as the prominent jewel in its heavily encrusted crown.
The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is a 55-kilometre (34 mi) rail trail between Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and the ghost town of Leechtown, north of Sooke, where it meets the old Sooke Flowline.
The trail is a popular route both for commuting and recreation, including within the urban areas of central Victoria, which it penetrates in part. It is frequented by people walking, running, cycling, skateboarding and (in places) riding horses. It connects up with many other trails and parks in the area.
The trail was named after the local gas-powered passenger car (No. 15813) that ran on the line from 1922 to 1931.
It also forms part of the Trans-Canada Trail, and intersects the Lochside Regional Trail. It is maintained by the Capital Regional District.
Although maps show Leechtown as being the end of the trail, this area is now part of the Greater Victoria water supply. In 2010 a warning sign and locked gate greet hikers at the end of the trail.