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Lochside Regional Trail

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Address: Switch Bridge, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: 250.478.3344
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46 km of fun from Victoria to Sidney and back

The bike ride was fantastic! 46 km in total, but very easy, no ups and downs, fun to ride. The scenery around distracts from biking, you always look around whether it's a farm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
LusciousFlower
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The bike ride was fantastic! 46 km in total, but very easy, no ups and downs, fun to ride. The scenery around distracts from biking, you always look around whether it's a farm with funny piggies, blackberry bushes, fields and distant mountains. Once in Sidney, we enjoyed the most relaxing atmosphere: the views are fantastic, the food in local restaurants... More 

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Whistler, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can park your car at the Michell Farm Stand (just off the highway on Island View Rd.) and ride the Lochside Trail to Mattick's Farm. Takes about an hour each way at a leisurely pace. The trail is flat and an easy ride for all ages. Roll past hobby farms along gravel and paved pathways. Stop at Mattick's Farm... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried to rent bikes right at the beginning of the Galloping Goose trail, which connects you to lochside trail. But guess what??? Cycle treks bike store is CLOSED on holidays!!! Even in summer, the busy season. So we walked into town and rented at the sure thing, BC cycle. These guys are awesome! They had a HUGE crowd who... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I use this trail every work day. It's even better since North Saanich repaved their portion and Central Saanich covered the stone path with asphalt. In BC many of the sidewalks are incorporated with the road (ei. no curbs but a white line).

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Thank Robert W
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a senior and do a lot of walking but not much cycling (so far this year I've only been out once!) . So tackling the Lochside Trail was scary- it shouldn't have been. Perfectly flat (well there were a couple of very easy slopes). With lots of fun photos stops, food and drink. About a 1/4 of it is... More 

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Sidney, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lochside trail goes from the BC ferry terminal at Swartze Bay to join the Galloping Goose trail in Victoria. Mostly following an abandoned rail line, it is essentially level the entire way. Great cycling or walking. Because it crosses numerous roads you can join it ant many places and walk or ride as big a section as you want.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

This trail is both paved and hard packed so works for all kinds of bikes and walkers. The scenery is great, no car traffic and restaurants along the way. You can go from Sidney to Sooke and take side trips if you like

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

I have done this trail several times, when staying on vacation around Victoria. Typically we hire bikes from the shop at the centre of Victoria and then head off, to follow the Galloping Goose trail and/or the Lochside Trail. The Lochside trail is about 3 hours from around Victoria to Sidney, including at least one lengthy coffee stop at Mattick's... More 

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We've ridden this trail twice from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal to Victoria and back. It is such an enjoyable, safe, easy ride theough the picturesque country side and right into the city. Any age group can do this ride and take it at their own pace. They even provide some water and air stations along the trail. It is... More 

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Richmond
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Lochside Trail goes all the way from Sydney to Victoria and joins the longer Galloping Goose Trails. The nice walk starts at the Sydney pier and meanderings along the shore south towards Victoria. At parts, you have to either walk on the beach or face fairly busy traffic along a road with very little shoulder and no sidewalks.

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