Take your pick! Home to a number of lakes, trails and parks, getting outside is easy on the West Shore. One of the most popular ways is by bicycle. Just choose your cycle style to get started. Here's 3 ways that you can enjoy Victoria's West Shore on a bike:
Opt for an Off-Road Experience (All Levels Welcome!)
If you're looking for 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 a number of other lakes along the way. Pack your swimsuit and cool down with a quick dip before, during or after your ride.
If you want to cycle the terrain chosen by Cycling Canada as their year-round training grounds for the National Mountain Bike Team, head over to Bear Mountain Resort. Together with the Nature Trails Society, the Bear Mountain Resort offers trails for all mountain biking skill and fitness levels.
Zoom through beautiful landscapes and lush forests, past small streams to mountains with stunning views of Victoria. Once you feel comfortable on your bike, head over to the Bear Mountain Bike Park and catch some air.
Designed by Pro-rider and island native Jordie Lunn for riders of all levels, the park is the perfect spot to try something new. They also offer coaching sessions to get you started on the right wheel, including practice time on their very own air bag!
Try Racing at the Velodrome
It's generally not the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the phrase, "Going for a bike ride," but the West Shore 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, sprints and time trial events are open to the public April through August, several nights per week.
If you're interested in learning how to join this fun and exciting sport, the GVVA also offers Learn to Ride clinics and cycling camps. Check their events page for open track and events times.
Hit Cruise Control
The most well-known trail in the area, the Galloping Goose Regional Trail 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 and recreational cyclists alike. 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 pedal 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.
For more information on cycling, bike rentals and cycle tours, visit our Bike and Cycle in Victoria, B.C. page.