Home to a number of lakes, trails and parks, getting outside is easy on the WestShore. One of the most popular ways is by bicycle. Cycling trails crisscross the region and on them one can easily explore the entire Westshore on two wheels.
The Galloping Goose
The most well-known trail in the area, the Galloping Goose is the main connector between Victoria and the WestShore and beyond. Named after a famous railway car, the trail follows an old railroad and is used by bicycle commuters on the weekdays and recreational cyclists on the weekends. The trail begins at Uptown Mall in Victoria and stretches for 55km to the Sooke Potholes, passing through View Royal, Colwood, Langford and Metchosin on the way. Whether you're in the mood for a casual 5km or a 100km marathon ride, the Goose is the perfect trail for both. It also connects directly to Matheson and Thetis Lakes so on warm days cyclists will love being able to stop, lock up their bikes and head for a refreshing swim before.
Thetis Lake Regional Park
If you're looking for more of an off-road adventure, the trails in Thetis Lake Regional Park are perfect for exploring by mountain bike. With nothing too technical or treacherous, they are suitable for children and adults of all abilities. Depending on the amount of time you have and your fitness level, you can opt for a quick circuit around Thetis Lake or pedal for hours deep into the Highlands, passing by a number of other lakes along the way. Naturally, as you're smack dab in the heart of lake country, the option to cool down with a quick dip before, during or after your ride - or all three - is always there.
It's generally not the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the phrase, "Going for a bike ride," but the WestShore is home to the only place on Vancouver Island to go track riding or racing: the Westshore Velodrome. A legacy from the 1994 Commonwealth Games, the velodrome is home to the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association (GVVA). Weather permitting, there are two events open to the public per week: sprints and time trials on Monday nights and bunch racing on Thursday nights. If you're interested in learning how to join this fun and exciting sport, the GVVA offers two-hour Learn to Ride clinics on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.