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Trans Canada Trail Legend:
|Trans Canada Trail Pavilion|
|Multi-Use Route (Cycling & Walking)|
|Hiking Only Route (No Cycling)|
|Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers)|
|Temporary Bypass or Unofficial TCT Route|
|Trans Canada Trail Closed|
|Obstacle or Warning (click it for details)|
Alternate Route Legend:
|Alternate Route for Cyclists & Walkers|
|Alternate Route for Hiking|
|Alternate Route for Equestrians|
|Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail|
Google Maps Legend:
|Map menu to access highlights, campsites, grocery stores, parking areas, toilets and more!|
|Click the grey star at the top of the map to favourite it in Google Maps, so you can pull it up later in your Google Maps app's "My Places".|
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- GPX files can be opened by most GPS software apps when KMZ cannot. Note, GPX files do not contain custom colours and icons that we use on our maps; all tracks and icons will appear the same colour and styles. We recommend using KMZ instead of GPX if possible.
The files below include data for only this specific area. For all of our Trans Canada Trail data for the entire province (including features, campsites and alternate routes), download our BC.kmz master file (1.2 MB)
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About the Route:
Victoria is the largest city on Vancouver Island and is the capital of British Columbia. The region includes many municipalities that have grown together into an area known as Greater Victoria. Victoria is a popular tourist spot, famous for its "British" character, gardens, and moderate climate. A must see for new visitors to the city is the Royal BC Musem. Much of the Trans Canada Trail in the Victoria area follows established regional trails, mostly on the famous Galloping Goose rail trail.
Trail Highlights and Developments:
The western (or "Pacific") terminus of the Trans Canada Trail is situated at Clover Point where one can dip their feet into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean - a quintessential moment for anyone beginning or finishing their journey! Clover Point is located on the Victoria waterfront near Beacon Hill Park.
From Clover Point to the Johnson Street Bridge, the route is mostly developed, but trail improvements will continue during and beyond 2017, such as the construction of footbridges at Heron Cove and Raymur Point (close to Fisherman's Wharf) and improvements to the sidewalks and foot trails. This trail development is called the "David Foster Way". In early 2016, city council voted for this route to be pedestrian-only, which would help alleviate some of the costs associated with developing the trail. Please note, since the David Foster Pathway is a pedestrian-only route, touring cyclists are encouraged to cycle along adjacent roadways from Clover Point to the Johnson Street Bridge instead. However, the pathway between Fisherman's Wharf and Johnson Street Bridge would be a shame to miss; you can certainly walk your bicycle along this portion. The section in front of the Empress Hotel can be extremely busy during the summer, so cyclists pushing loaded bicycles may want to skip this section.
Most of the Trans Canada Trail in the Victoria area follows the Galloping Goose Trail, a regional rail trail that starts at the west end of the Johnson Street Bridge. The trail travels north to the Switch Bridge, which allows trail users to cross the Trans Canada Highway. At the north end of the Switch Bridge, the trail meets the Lochside Trail, another regional trail which leads to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, connecting to the Southern Gulf Islands other trails on the mainland. The Trans Canada Trail continues west along the Galloping Goose Trail to the Luxton Fair Grounds.
From this point, the CRD is in the process of developing a trail through Sooke Hills Regional Park, past Goldstream Provincial Park, from Langford to Goldstream Park. Once established by the end of year 2017 this trail will close another gap on the TCT on the Island.
The Trans Canada Trail proudly shares its entire route within the Victoria area with the Vancouver Island Spine Trail, which when completed will form a 700 km trail (mainly hiking) north along the island all the way to Cape Scott!
About the Gaps:
Two footbridges along the David Foster Harbour Pathway in the Inner Harbour are planned for the future - so are considered "gaps" in the Trail route. For more information, visit the City of Victoria's page for details.
The portion of the TCT between Langford and the Cowichan Valley that travels over the Malahat (mountain pass just north of Victoria) is a major gap. The CRD and CVRD are working to design and build the trail with TCT's assistance. Updates about the project can be found on the CRD's Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail page. Until this section of trail is open and operational, trail users must use an interim route to continue north on the Trans Canada Trail, using either the Trans Canada Highway over the Malahat (bad!), the Saanich Centennial Trail to the Brentwood Bay ferry (best for walkers and cyclists with good navigation skills!) or the Lochside Trail to Brentwood Bay (simple option for cyclists!) in order to reach the Cowichan Valley Trail and continue north to Nanaimo. For more information, you can contact the Trails BC Vancouver Island Director.
The trail route in the city of Victoria is managed by the City of Victoria. From the Johnson Street Bridge to the Selkirk Trestle, the operator is the city of Victoria. From the Selkirk Trestle to Langford - and beyond to the Malahat - the trail operator is the Capital Regional District. Technically, the Galloping Goose is owned by the Ministry of Transportation and leased to the CRD.
Trail Stewards and Volunteers:
No trail stewards are in place along this section of the Trans Canada Trail. All maintenance issues should be brought to the attention of the City of Victoria or the Capital Regional District. If you see any issues along the trail, snap a photo and provide a detailed description of the location (or better, provide GPS coordinates). Trails BC appreciates being kept aware of any issues along the trail route as well.
Other Regional Trail Groups:
Free overnight parking can be a bit difficult to find, but many parkades are located in the downtown core. For day parking, plenty of parking can be found along Dallas Road. Staging areas can be found along the Galloping Goose, such as at Atkins, Roche Cove and Sooke River Road.
Washrooms are available along the city route. Once on the Galloping Goose, toilets are located at some of the staging areas. Please refer to our maps.
It may be difficult to locate camping within the city, but some RV sites exist outside the core. A little known fact is that tent camping is permitted in Beacon Hill Park from dusk to dawn but is really meant for those without the means to afford other shelter. Bed and Breakfasts, AirBnB and hotels are located throughout the city.
All provisions can be located in Victoria, including many outdoor recreation and cycling shops. Repairs are available throughout the city. Langford is also a good area to locate supplies.
- BC Ferries
- Blackball Transport (aka Coho, the Port Angeles WA to Victoria ferry)
- Victoria Clipper (Seattle WA to Victoria high speed ferry)
- Washington State Ferries
The Greyhound terminal is located behind the Empress Hotel at the corner of Douglas (Trans Canada Hwy) and Belleville. Harbour Air provides a quick transport to Vancouver and other locations throughout the island - from its convenient location in the Inner Harbour. The regional airport is located north, a short trip off the Lochside Trail.