Other Activities

This is your start point for information and maps for recreational bicycle rides in the Victoria area!

Pacific Northwest Raptors Ltd. specializes in:

  • training and working with captive-bred birds of prey
  • training their handlers
  • educating the public about raptors

    Pacific Northwest Raptors is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. The centre is home to many birds of prey (ie. Falcon, Bald Eagle, Owl and Hawk) - mostly captive bred birds who fly free daily and come home daily. They house a few non-releasable birds that are unable to hunt or fly for themselves, and need a permanent home and care. The centre also helps with the rehabilitation of injured raptors

    1877 Herd Road
    Duncan, B.C.
    V9L 5W4

    Phone : (250)-746-0372
    Fax : (250)-746-0115

Come for a relaxing visit, for country breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, or a round of mini-golf. Browse through 15 country & specialty shops in a country setting. Complimented by a fresh produce market, garden centre, & BC wine shop. Sure to please even the most seasoned traveler.

Mattick's Farm isn't an island secret anymore. Visitors from around the world drop by this splendid rural destination-just 20 minutes from Victoria, Butchart Gardens, and next to the world class Cordova Bay Golf Course.

Open Daily
5325 Cordova Bay Road

Welcome to Victoria Estate Winery. Our one-of-a-kind facility is designed to engage the senses and delight the palate of even the most seasoned sommelier. Located a short 20-minute drive from Downtown Victoria, British Columbia, on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula,Victoria Estate Winery is a wonderful place to enjoy a perfectly balanced glass of wine with friends and family.

1445 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Tel: (250) 652-2671
Fax: (250) 652-2672
Email: info@victoriaestatewinery.com

Located a short drive or a leisurely walk from the downtown harbour, just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC, Canada, Craigdarroch Castle is a beautiful historic Victorian-era mansion, built in the 1890s by wealthy BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. It is now owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and almost totally funded by its 150,000 annual visitors.

1050 Joan Crescent (off Fort Street)
Victoria, BC, Canada V8S 3L5
Phone (250) 592-5323
Fax (250) 592-1099

   Open daily: 10 am - 4:30 pm
   Extended hours from June 15 to Labour Day: 9 am - 7 pm
   Closed Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Boxing Day (Dec. 26)
   and New Year's Day (Jan. 1)

Since 1885, people from all corners of the world have found their way to Rogers' Chocolates of Victoria. Each has discovered their own reasons, their own private excuses, to bring Rogers' Chocolates home with them. We invite you to use our online catalogue, to send Rogers' Chocolates home and afar, where someone special is waiting to enjoy them.

Welcome to the Butchart Gardens, fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, offering spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. In 1904, Jennie Butchart began to beautify a worked-out quarry site left behind from her husband's pioneering efforts in the manufacture of Portland cement at Tod Inlet, Vancouver Island, Canada. Her venture has become a family commitment to horticulture and hospitality spanning almost 100 years, and delighting visitors from all over the world. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of the past, in one of the loveliest corners in the world.

Lighthouse Brewing
Unit 2 - 836 Devonshire Road
Victoria, BC V9A 4T4
Phone: 250-383-6500

Steve Smith's archive of articles on trail rides - a popular feature in our Cycle Therapy newsletter! Click here to go to the index page..

Wheel Life columns The very popular Wheel Life column appears in the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper every Saturday. We are very pleased to be able to host/archive these columns for you. Click here to go to the index page..

Thinking about riding out along the West Coast Road between Victoria and Port Renfrew?
Click here for a firsthand account of the 1999 "John's BIG RIDE". By the way, this will be an annual event so look for it in the June calendar next year!

John and Co. have followed that up with "John's Other Big Ride" - a trip up Hurricane Ridge from Port Angeles - on September 5, 1999.

GVCC Member Rey Carr's Cycling Page. Has great stories (with photos) about rides in the Victoria area, as well as further afield.

Proper Touring Information
Click here to go to the Touring page!For the more ambitious, our Touring Pages have information about cycle touring on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast.

For information on Cycling and Recreation Clubs in Victoria (which include bike rides) and their schedules, click here....

Our new Recreational Rides maps! Here are the new Recreational Rides maps - more or less in their entirety! Click the page links below for printable sections of each brochure..

Rides #1: Victoria
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Rides #2: Saanich
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Rides #3:
Western Communities
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Sports Rides (social) leaving every Sunday at 10 AM from the Moka House coffee shop.

For a description of a recent group ride - here's an account kindly submitted by Mike Poplawski..

And here's the Wheel Life article that appeared in the Times Colonist, October 16, 1999, about the Sport Rides..

The Galloping Goose brochure
Galloping Goose brochure a lot of people probably don't realize that the GVCC came into being in 1991 to try to turn the Galloping Goose rail right of way into a cycle path for commuters. That dream has become reality and the GVCC has moved on to other challenges.
Supported by the Provincial Capital Commission, this accessible network of trails offers an alternative transportation choice and safe recreational opportunities. Click here for the brochure....

CRDThe Capital Regional District has their own page on the Galloping Goose trail, along with a downloadable (PDF format) brochure and map. Click here for the CRD Galloping Goose Page Get Acrobat ReaderPDF

CRD Brochure - needs Acrobat Reader                

What to do on your bike

Self-guided Day Trips

Why not take a ride along the Galloping Goose, which begins in downtown Victoria at the Johnson Street Bridge and continues 35 kms along a former rail grade to Leechtown.  Or, you can turn right after the Douglas Street bridge (at Town and Country Mall) and cycle north to Sidney or Swartz Bay along the Saanich Spur.  Click here for the brochure and other information.  Note that not all of the Galloping Goose is paved, so watch those skinny racing tires. 

For other ideas, get your hands on the Recreational Rides Brochures published by the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition – available from the Visitor Info Centre in the Inner harbour of Downtown Victoria.  These brochures ($2 each) are well complimented by the Victoria Cycling Map, a detailed street map of Greater Victoria which highlights good cycling routes, locations of hills, dangerous intersections, the Galloping Goose and more!  They are also available at most bike shops or you can contact the GVCC at (250) 480-5155 or gvcc@gvcc.bc.ca and they’ll mail you a package of all three recreational ride maps, Galloping Goose map and a Victoria cycling map for just $10 (additional postage charges may apply outside of Canada or the United States). 

Read through some of these great day trip suggestions by Victoria’s own Todd Litman and Suzanne Kort, who wrote the popular “Wheel Life” column for the local Victoria paper, the Times Colonist. 

Self-guided Multi-Day Trips 

Victoria to Nanaimo

The east side of Vancouver Island offers dozens of little-known destinations for touring and mountain bike travellers. Cowichan Bay, Duncan, Crofton, Chemainus and Ladysmith are small communities rich with visitor attractions.  To avoid the gruelling 1,155' climb over the Malahat Summit, cyclists have the choice of taking the Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay ferry to the northern side of the summit.

Cowichan Lake boasts of having the highest summer temperatures in Canada; Duncan is known as the "City of Totems"; Crofton links to Salt Spring Island through a BC Ferry route; Chemainus has one of the largest collections of outdoor murals in the world; and Ladysmith has the warmest salt water swimming north of San Francisco. Options for touring and mountain bike rides are available throughout the route.

Nanaimo: Near the ferry terminal in downtown Nanaimo are three other ferries leading to picturesque, pastoral islands, perfect for bicycle travellers. Newcastle Island's 830 acres are entirely within a Provincial Park with no vehicle access. Hikers and bicycle campers are welcome. Gabriola Island is the northern-most of the Southern Gulf Islands, with lightly travelled roads forming a loop leading to petroglyphs, tide pools and beaches. 

The Gulf Islands

The Canadian Gulf Islands are an extension of the same island chain that forms the American San Juan Islands in Washington. Both contain some of the best cycling and scenery in North America, but the Gulf Islands are even less developed and populated than the American San Juan’s. You'll see very few cars as you cycle along sunny waters, and there are a lot of options for camping and other accommodations, as well as opportunities for other activities such as sea kayaking. Here's a little caution though, a "Riding the Islands" snippet from a local cycling columnist, Ray Hall. 

Victoria to Port Renfrew (the West Coast Road). A very beautiful ride - read the account of "John's Big Ride" held in 1999- Victoria to Port Renfrew and back in a day, 230 kms!  If you’re planning to visit in late June-early July, then plan to Ride the Edge with the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition!  

Want to do an excellent "Circle Tour" of the east coast of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast? Here's a general map and detailed information on distances, suggested campsites, and the route. (Courtesy of Gil Blair). Click here.... 

Mountain biking. If mountain biking is your passion, Victoria and Vancouver Island have world-class mountain biking opportunities. The South Island Mountain Bike Society web site includes maps of the main areas to ride.... 

The US Northwest

Thanks to Joshua Putnam for this information! 

The San Juan Islands are a series of small islands served by ferries from the US mainland with rolling hills, stunning views, small towns, and good food. 

Try the North Cascades Highway, starting from the shores of Puget Sound through two Cascade Mountains passes and a series of other passes in the center of the state. Can be done out-and-back, or loop south past the tip of Lake Chelan and back to the wet side through Leavenworth. That's a very popular route.

Cycle Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula for beautiful scenery. A perimeter ride would be take at least a week, but you’ll have no doubt have the company of other touring riders. A ferry from Victoria can take you to Port Angeles, when you begin a circle tour, or you can just cycle for the day and head back. 

Victoria / Port Angeles / Port Townsend / Anacortes

Another Tour possibility takes you from Vancouver to Whidbey Island, where you can take a ferry to Port Townsend. From there, you can tour the Olympic Peninsula, end up at Port Angeles, and take the ferry to Victoria. After riding a bit of Southern Vancouver Island, you can take the ferry back to Tsawassen and ride back to Vancouver.  Or do it the other way 'round!  

For more ride suggestions, check out the web site of the Cascade Bicycle Club http://www.cascade.org , and the Bicycling the Backroads series for Northwest Washington and the Cascades. 

Local recreational cycling clubs

Victoria has numerous recreational cycling clubs which do all kinds of riding, from easy day rides to hard racing to mountain biking, BMX, velodrome…you name it!  Here is a partial schedule of regular rides which are open to the public.  Check out the Cycling Victoria events calendar for more information! 


Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society

Regular Wednesday rides – contact Roberto Bardatti at (250) 389-0091 for more information. 

Team West Coast

Triathlon training in winter, various skill levels (mountain, touring bikes) in summer.  Ride length is generally about 80 km and up.

Meet at the Bagel shop in Broadmead Village Mall

(approximately 10 km north of downtown Victoria, catch the #6 (Quadra) bus at Fort and Douglas if you want to avoid the extra cycling distance.  Contact BC Transit (250-385-2551) for schedule and fare information. 

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Master’s level competitive riders
Meet at Drifter’s Restaurant, 2138 Keating Cross Road

(approximately 15 km north of downtown Victoria, catch the #75 bus at Fairfield and Blanshard if you want to avoid the extra cycling distance.  Contact BC Transit (250-385-2551) for schedule and fare information.)

9:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Victoria Wheelers Training Ride

Competitive road cycling
First Sunday of every month:
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

SIMBS (South Island Mountain Bike Society) Introductory Ride

Open to everyone, of all skill levels.  Meet at the Mt. Work/Hartland Park parking lot, at the end of Hartland Avenue in Saanich.  Approximately 18 km north of downtown Victoria – this area is not served by public transit.  Contact Wayne (250) 479-2897 for more information. 

Second Sunday of every month:
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

SIMBS (South Island Mountain Bike Society) Youth Ride

For kids 8 years old and up, various skill levels.  Parents welcome too!

Meet at the Mt. Work/Hartland Park parking lot, at the end of Hartland Avenue in Saanich.  Approximately 18 km north of downtown Victoria – this area is not served by public transit.  Contact Sue (250) 658-6709 for more information.
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Master’s level competitive riders
Meet at Robin’s Donuts, 7856 East Saanich Road
(approximately 18 km north of downtown Victoria, catch the #70 bus at Fairfield and Blanshard if you want to avoid the extra cycling distance.  Contact BC Transit (250-385-2551) for schedule and fare information.)

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition Sunday Sport Rides
Meet at Moka House, 345 Cook Street
Various ability levels 

Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society

Touring companies 

Coastline Eco-Tours provides unique opportunities for exploring Beautiful British Columbia, and more specifically breathtaking Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, through enjoyable, insightful, and relaxing guided eco-tours. Whether embarking on a multi-day cycling voyage throughout the Gulf Islands, hiking along the Galloping Goose, or bicycling along Victoria's picturesque coastline, the adventure is made easy for you.  Locally owned and operated, Coastline Eco-Tours provides all inclusive, service oriented bicycle tours of these pristine environments. 

Phone toll-free: 1-877-430-2299
Phone: (250) 595-8668
Fax: (250) 595-8661

Rush Adventures Inc
5449B Sooke Road
Sooke, BC  V0S 1N0
(250) 642-2159

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