Sunday, July 12, 2009

Lochside Regional Trail

A favourite thing to do in Victoria has to be cycling the section of the Lochside Regional Trail that goes from near McKenzie Avenue in Saanich to the Town of Sidney

To get to the Lochside Trail Parking lot go to turn north onto Borden Street from McKenzie Avenue, turn onto then follow the road past the George Tripp Substation and the parking lot near Don Mann Excavating.

Once on the trail travel north, right away there is a turnoff to the east for another trail system, the Blenkinsop Greenway, do not take this route.

From here the trail follows a path that is lined with shade trees forming a tunnel eventually coming to Blenkinsop Trestle which goes over Blenkinsop Lake. From here the trail offers views of Blenkinsop Lake, 'Roy' with the farmland and Mount Doug in the background.

Once at Royal Oak Drive the trail follows Lochside Drive through the residential area of Broadmead to Matticks Farm and the Cordova Bay Golf Course on pavement. The trail turns back to gravel and once you're in Central Saanich goes through agriculture land.

At Mount Newton X Road the trail once again follows pavement along Lochside Drive past McTavish Road to Tulista Park and the Town of Sidney. Sidney has a number of places to eat, have a beer or enjoy a coffee.

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