The Goose

posted on Feb 16

The Goose, as locals call it, is in fact "The Galloping Goose Trail" and it’s an easy-going walking or biking trail, that leads from the downtown area into some of the loveliest, most rural areas of Greater Victoria.

Easily accessed from the west side of the Johnston Street Bridge (also known as the "blue bridge") the trail follows the Gorge Waterway and crosses into Saanich and other Greater Victoria’s suburban municipalities including Central and North Saanich, Esquimalt, View Royal, Langford and Colwood.

As the Goose enters Saanich it divides into separate directions, with one trail heading east along the Saanich Penninsula while the other goes west through the "Western Communities" of Langford and Colwood and then on to the rural, seaside town of Sooke.

No matter which route you follow you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by trees , crossing lakes and rivers, yet all the while remaining close to urbania. The Goose is, for the most part, paved or gravelled and there are very few, if any, steep grades, making for a pleasant walk or bike ride in both directions.

So, when you visit Victoria and you get tired of the usual tourists attractions, "dot the Goose" and take a walk , or a bike ride, along the Galloping Goose Trail, it makes for a pleasant escape from the city and a relaxing day in the country.

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