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.