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					                                                                     Saanich Bicycle Tourist Route
T     he Saanich Bicycle
      Tourist Route circum-
navigates the Municipality
                                                                                                                                                                                  Tour Route
                                                                                                                                                                                  Galloping Goose
                                                                                                                                                                                    /Lochside Trail
of Saanich. Where pos-                                                                                                                                                              /Saanich Spur
sible, it follows the Gallop-                                                                    7.5 km                                                                           Distances       3.5 km
ing Goose Trail and the                                                                                T-S
                                                                                                                                                        Lochside Trail
Lochside Trail; elsewhere       Elk Lake

it uses rural or residential
roads. The eastern section                                                                                        T-S-E
                                                                                      T-S-E
offers spectacular ocean
views; the northern section
passes Elk and Prospect                                                                                                                      Restaurants & Shopping
                                                                                                                      3.5 km
Lakes, both with excellent                                                                                                                                                                           Glencoe Cove
                                Prospect Lake Road
swimming and picnic fa-
cilities; to the west are ru-
                                                                          8.8 km
ral undeveloped forested
areas and farms; the south-                                                                                                           T
ern section follows the Gal-
                                                                                                                                                     11.4 km
loping Goose trail which
overlooks the Portage Inlet.                                                                                                  5.7Km



The total circle route is ap-
proximately 45 km, but cy-      Rural Saanich                                                                                                                                                         Cadboro Bay
clists preferring a shorter
route may follow a smaller                                                                                                 Sc
loop by taking any of the                                                                                                  B                        B
                                                                                              5.7 km
many other bicycle routes                                                                                           2 km
                                                                                                                                      B-Sc
within Saanich.                                                                                  T-S                                                            T-S-E
                                                                                                             Sc           B
                                Portage Inlet


B    icycle symbols on a
     bright yellow back-
ground clearly mark the
                                                B Bike Shop
                                                E Eateries
                                                S Stores                                                                                                  0        1000           2000        3000
                                                                                                                                                                Approximate Scale in Metres

route direction as it passes                    Sc Shopping Centre
                                                T Toilet
through Saanich.
                                                                       Saanich Spur
        Saanich Points of Interest                    Gyro Park Beach in Cadboro Bay, Hollydene Park
                                                      and Arbutus Cove. A scenic side loop overlooks        S   aanich, the largest of the four Victoria core
                                                                                                                municipalities, is located on the southern tip of

M      ount Douglas Park beach is a long sandy
       beach with a beautiful panoramic view ex-
tending from Cormorant Point to the south, the
                                                      Glencoe Cove with an unobstructed panorama of
                                                      Haro Straits and the San Juan Islands. If you ven-
                                                      ture into the park, please stay on the trail, many
                                                                                                            Vancouver Island. There is regular ferry service to
                                                                                                            Victoria/Saanich from Vancouver, Anacortes,
                                                                                                            Seattle and Port Angeles. And Yes, you can take                                                      Saanich
                                                      rare, protected plants grow here.                     your bike on the ferry!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bicycle
San Juan Islands to the east, and the Gulf Is-
lands to the north. The beach is a short 50m walk                                                                                                                                      Vancouver ferry
from the parking lot where there are picnic tables    Other points of interest along the eastern section
                                                      of the route are the University of Victoria and Mt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tourist
and restroom facilities.
                                                      Tolmie lookout, possibly the best view of the en-                                                                      SIDN EY


Mount Douglas summit, accessible via a paved,         tire greater Victoria region.                                                                            NORT H
                                                                                                                                                              SAANICH                  Anacortes ferry


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Route
but steep, park road, is the highest point within
Saanich. The lookout provides a 360o view over-
looking downtown Victoria and the Olympic
Mountains to the south, the San Juan Islands and
Mt. Baker to the east and the North Shore Moun-
                                                      B    ed & Breakfast accommodation is available
                                                           at a number of homes immediately along the
                                                      route on Brookleigh Road and on Lochside Drive.
                                                                                                                                   LANGFOR D
                                                                                                                                   ELECTOR AL
                                                                                                                                      AREA
                                                                                                                                                              CEN TRAL SAAN ICH




tains behind Vancouver to the north.                  Many more choices are possible in the Cordova
                                                      Bay area and in rural Saanich. The Quality Resort                                   HIGHL AN DS           SAANICH
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory offers pan-        near Mount Douglas Park offers motel accommo-
oramic views of southern Vancouver Island and         dation along the route.                                     LANGFOR D
                                                                                                                  ELECTOR AL
                                                                                                                                                    VIEW
                                                                                                                     AREA
also an opportunity to visit the telescope. It is a                                                                                                 ROYAL



steady 5-6% climb to the summit.                      Tourism Victoria’s toll-free line information line                             LANGFOR D
                                                                                                                                                                                              OAK

                                                      is 1-800-663-3883 or visit their web site at                                              COLWOOD
                                                                                                                                                                 ESQUIMALT
                                                                                                                                                                                  VICTOR IA
                                                                                                                                                                                              BAY



Hartland Mountain Bike Park is accessed via           http://travel.victoria.bc.ca/.
Hartland Road in the Saanich northwest corner.                                                                             METCHOSIN
                                                                                                                                                          0                  5

Detailed information and maps for this superb         For information and maps of the Galloping Goose
mountain bike park are available at most bike         Trail to Leachtown beyond Sooke, visit the CRD                                                                                   Seattle & Port
shops and also from the South Island Mountain         Parks web site at http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/                                                                                    Angeles ferries
Biking Society.                                       or the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition web
            (http://www.coastnet.com/~simbs/)         site at http://www.gvcc.bc.ca/touring.htm              Prepared by Saanich Planning Department
                                                                                                                                 &

S   pectacular ocean vistas appear all along the
    eastern section of the route. Watch for Saan-
ich Park’s beach access signs that often mark
                                                                                                                Saanich Bicycle Advisory Committee

                                                                                                                                                                                       October 1999
                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Corporation of the District of Saanich
                                                                                                                                                                                                         770 Vernon Avenue Victoria BC V8X 2W7
                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.gov.saanich.bc.ca/
secluded coves and beaches. Especially look for                                                             a D.Wick production.

				
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