December 15, 2017 info@discoversooke.com The small seaside town on the southwest shores of Vancouver Island

Galloping Goose Regional Trail

The Galloping Goose Trail is a local favourite. Everyday, rain, wind or shine, there is always someone walking, running, cycling or horseback riding on this hard-packed and incredibly picturesque trail system. Nearly 60 kilometres long, the “Goose” traverses through urban, rural and wilderness backdrops. Beginning in Victoria, the trail weaves north-west along back roads towards Saanich. The trail then turns west towards View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and Sooke, finally ending at an old gold rush ghost town located just beyond the Sooke Potholes. Trail conditions can change as quickly as the scenery, so Galloping Goose goers are advised to be prepared for anything.

The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail that spans Canada. The Goose is constructed upon the abandoned rail beds and trestles of a once active rail line. In the 1920’s gas rail-cars carried passengers from Sooke to Victoria. When the trail was born in 1989, it was the noisy, gangling-looking rail-cars that inspired the name Galloping Goose.

As the trail meanders through forest, fields, ocean and rivers keep your eyes open for wildlife. You never know what you’ll see along the “Goose”.

For more information and maps for the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, please visit the Galloping Goose Trail website here.

Photo by: Jason van der Valk
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