Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Lochside Trail

Over the weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to go out on a beautiful Thanksgiving Sunday and ride down the Lochside trail towards Departure Bay and Sidney. The ride is beautiful, full of fall colors and full of peaceful forests and fellow bikers and walkers.

Apparently this is also a great area to find some rare birds if you are patient enough to look out for them along the Lochside Regional Trail. Some of the photos from this link show just how beautiful the trail is and what you can see along the way.

I started my ride out near Beacon Hill park and the Galloping Goose trail until I met up with the Lochside trail, roughly 8km later. Here's a look at 2 of the maps from the area.

The regional trail of the area.

The route I took.

Here's a look at the trail as I was out there riding on it.

The thick forest is so refreshing, lush and green.

You might run into a few deer along the way.

The trail runs for kilometers on end on a quiet road.

Some very large swine.

A beautiful treat at the half way mark in N. Saanich.

In total, I biked 40km's for the ride, and beautiful as it was.


  1. Hi there just stumbled upon your blog. Beautiful pics, where abouts where they taken? looks like lovely scenery and wild life. Have a good one ! :)

  2. Perfect weather do some biking... ok maybe not Monday.

  3. That's the kind of ride I would love, ET. There's a 30km ride on the other side of the Ij in Amsterdam that I want to take one of these days. I can hardly wait.

  4. What a great way to spend a sunny weekend! I love the last picture. :)

  5. I would love to start biking. But, we will need to wait until the kids are bigger unless I go out alone.

    It looks so beautiful there.

  6. Pupmkin, baby steps! With a 3 year old though, I'd agree that would be hard to accomplish.. walking is best.

  7. A belated happy Thanksgiving! What a beautiful trail, and lovely fall pictures. I really miss the pumpkin patches. They just don't grow well here and they don't have a tradition for it either. My favourite fall activities used to be picking apples and then our own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch beside the orchard.

  8. These deers are so cute! It's their parents I'm afraid of :D

    You must be the queen of hiking by now!

  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! My kids still talk about the time we were in Maine for autumn and they went to a real pumpkin patch not some parking lot. Your photos make me yearn for autumn.

  10. Hey-
    So glad you're enjoying Victoria. I'm ashore now and can finally load the pictures on your blog page. Makes me homesick!