Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake

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163 m
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Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake

Set out on the Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake bike ride to explore picturesque seaside towns and peaceful glistening lakes. Follow along dedicated bike lanes through the city into Saanich, get your heart rate pumping as you follow the trail over the TransCanada Highway and finally, explore the scenic views at Thetis Lake Regional Park.

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Route Description for Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake

Set out on the Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake bike ride from downtown Victoria at the Greater Victoria Visitors & Convention Bureau. Set out heading left on Wharf St., and onto the bike path on the Johnson Street Bridge. Note that most of this ride follows a dedicated bike trail, though some street riding in bike lanes is required.

Turn right almost immediately past the bridge onto Harbour Road, following the trail along the water, onto Galloping Goose Trail. Follow the path until you reach the split for Selkirk Trestle bridge, crossing over it to remain on Galloping Goose Trail.

Head through quiet, residential neighbourhoods, making your way past Cecelia Ravine Park. Continue into a slightly busier section of the city, passing small storefronts and local businesses.

Follow the Galloping Goose Trail as it runs underneath the Trans-Canada Hwy, then bends to the left onto a bridge running parallel to the highway. Note, this path is also shared with pedestrians so give way.

Continue until the Galloping Goose Trail just hits Watkiss Way, where you’ll spot The Nest Cafe. This is a popular spot for bikers to stop for a coffee break and bike parking is readily available.

After a quick rest here, carry on and then take the turn off onto Six Mile Road towards Thetis Lake.

From the park entrance, you can bike all the way up to the lake to enjoy the glistening, pale blue waters, surrounded by a lush forest. There is a small beach here in case you’d like to take a dip and rest awhile.

Once you are ready, retrace your steps all the back to the car.

Insider Hints for Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake

  • For a refreshing dip at the end of the Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake bike ride, we suggest packing a bathing suit in your day pack.
  • This ride goes past a lot of great options to eat and drink, bring some cash and plan to stop for a coffee or a snack en route!

Getting to the Galloping Goose to Thetis Lake Trailhead

From downtown Victoria, follow Yates St. Then, turn left on Government St. Continue to Wharf St., turn right. The 900 Wharf Street City Parking Lot is on the left-hand side.

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