Galloping Goose Trail

Galloping Goose Trail

Part of the Trans Canada Trail which traverses the country, the Galloping Goose and Peninsula Trails form one of the most picturesque trail systems in Canada.

Dedicated in 1989, the Galloping Goose Trail is named for a gawky and noisy gas rail-car which carried passengers between Victoria and Sooke in the 1920's.

The first rail tracks were laid on Island soil in 1893, with the opening of the Victoria and Sidney line. That was followed by the Vancouver Island section of the Canadian National Railway dedicated in 1911, and by the B.C. Electric in 1913.

Built upon the abandoned rail beds and trestles of that railway legacy, the Galloping Goose and Peninsula Trails connect our transportation past with our transportation future.

You can travel for nearly 60 kilometers on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. You can cycle, walk, or ride a horse along this former rail line past some of B.C.’s finest scenery.

Size: 151 hectares (373 acres) or 60 km long
Location: Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford, View Royal, Saanich, Victoria
Classification: park corridor
Activities: cycling, hiking, horse riding, inline skating
Facilities: parking, washrooms, trail
Acquired: 1987
Visitation: 100,000-150,000/yr est (1993)
Features: a rails-to-trails conversion, named after a 1920s gasoline powered passenger car that operated on this abandoned CNR line; now passes through urban, rural, and semi-wilderness landscapes.

Website: http://www.gallopinggoosetrail.com/

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