Galloping Goose Regional Trails, British Columbia
Hikers, cyclists, and horse riders all agree – Galloping Goose Regional Trail is one of the most beautiful paths for exploring Vancouver Island’s southern reaches and is one of the best 10 hikes in Canada. Stretching for 55 km between Victoria and Sooke, this multi-use trail existed in the early 1900s as a railway line. A noisy gas-powered railway car called the Galloping Goose regularly crossed this path during the 1920s, shuttling mail and passengers between the two destinations. Today, the railway is a distant memory, but the glorious wilderness, rocky cliffs and farmland remain for all to enjoy. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot a bald eagle on your travels.