The Lochside Regional Trail is a multi-use path along a former rail line, running for 29 km from Victoria, north through Saanich, to the ferry terminal at Swartz Bay. It’s a combination paved and gravel path, with some road sections along quiet Lochside Dr. There’s waterfront, farms, country lanes, and some suburban sections. Look for blackberries in summer!
We’ve mapped 12 km one-way of the trail, from Victoria to Mattick’s Farm. The first section starts on Harbour Rd. and follows the Galloping Goose Trail for the first 3 km. Then, the two trails split and the Lochside Trail heads north. Pass Swan Lake, then Mt. Douglas Park to the east, and the lovely Cordova Bay neighborhood and Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. See this detailed guide to the park.