The trails get you around the Victoria area, up to Sidney and over to Sooke. This long ride through gorgeous scenery on the Saanich Peninsula will give you a good workout — along with three ideal “hydration stops” at local breweries. The aptly named Land's End Road marks the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula, and offers views of Salt Spring Island and Satellite Channel. 12km one way From the Switch Bridge, follow the Lochside Trail through the farmland of the Saanich Peninsula … Copyright 2020 Tourism Victoria. If you want to stop for a beer sooner rather than later, you can make a side trip to Twa Dogs Brewery within the first 10 kilometres, but I usually save it for last on this ride. The roadside stands don't always take cards. I am able to do that easily and regularly here in Victoria because there are simply so many breweries spread around the city. See the Determinants of Health summary on pages 12 and 13 for more information. Maps, descriptions and locations for these key trails in Saanich. Saanich Peninsula (Straits Salish: W̱SÁNEĆ) is located north of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.It is bounded by Saanich Inlet on the west, and various straits of the Strait of Georgia on the east, chiefly Haro Strait.The exact southern boundary of what is referred to as the "Saanich Peninsula" (or simply as "the Peninsula") is somewhat fluid in local parlance. Whether or not you choose to continue your brewery tour at any one of many breweries within the city limits is up to you, but needless to say, stay safe and be sure you are not getting back on your bike if you are over your limit. That brings the number of cases at the hospital to 6 patients and 4 employees. Saanich Peninsula Wine Tour . You’ll ride breathtaking routes and old railway lines into coastal forests that spill into the sea. Tolmie & Cadboro Bay [PDF - 1.6 MB] Broadmead Area [PDF - 1.7 MB] Colquitz North [PDF - 1.7 MB] Colquitz South [PDF - 1.7 MB] Gordon Head Area [PDF - 1.6 MB] The brewery’s tasting room has a kitchen that prepares a tasty range of delicious dishes to go along with the excellent beers, and if you’re a cyclist who perspires a bit (an understatement for me) you will be happy to cool off on the patio set up in the parking lot in front of the brewery. The Galloping Goose Trail, for example, runs from Sooke BC through Metchosin, Colwood, Langford, View Royal and Saanich to Victoria. Turning back to the south, the route meanders back through Saanich farmlands, and a stop at Deep Cove Market will allow you to experience some of the produce from local farms and orchards. Late winter/early spring brings an amazing bloom of wild flowers, including: satin flower, camas, shooting star, harvest brodiaea, … Dan has been a bartender at Spinnakers for years and took up homebrewing on the side before they decided to open Howl. Continuing north on the Lochside Trail will lead you towards the town of Sidney — which, unfortunately, is one of the few communities in BC without a brewery of its own — but, good news, your first destination is just north of the Victoria International Airport, which is across the Pat Bay Highway to the west of Sidney. A trip to the peninsula also works well if you’re planning on heading to Vancouver via the BC Ferries. Unfortunately, this year’s ride has been cancelled because of COVID-19, but as you can see from this Instagram post I replaced it with a 100km round trip to Sooke. Island health says the outbreak is limited to acute care areas. The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition and Bike to Work Society is offering a series of Scavenger Hunts, Discovery Rides, and Ride the Distance rides for neighbourhoods across the Greater Victoria region. Get your bearings and find great local spots with our interactive map feature. Last year, I made the jump to the 100km level, which definitely was a big challenge. See the Determinants of Health summary on pages 12 and 13 for more information. The Goose provides a great opportunity to have a nice, easy spin at the end of a long ride to keep the legs fresh for the next day. The Saanich Peninsula loop ride is one of our most popular at North 48 Bicycles because it showcases all of the elements that cycling in southern Vancouver Island has to offer in a three to five hour ride, and can be easily modified en route to accommodate all riding abilities. If you’re heading back to downtown Victoria after your day trip to the Saanich Peninsula, you can return by vehicle via the Pat Bay Highway. If you want to stop for a beer sooner rather than later, you can make a side trip to Twa Dogs Brewery within the first 10 kilometres, but I usually save it for last on this ride. Starting in historic Market Square, the ride goes past the downtown sites (historic Bastion Square, the Inner Harbour, the Fairmont Empress, the B.C. ... heat pump with air conditioning, a fob entry system for secure underground parking and storage, bike storage, and uniquely appointed with a storage room for grocery delivery. and enjoyed responsibly by those adults who choose to consume them for the continued The name Twa Dogs is a reference to the 18th century Scottish poet Robbie Burns; indeed, each beer’s name comes from a Burns poem as well. The total distance is 60 km. Our bike network is growing. A woman was arrested and charged with drunk driving after she crashed her vehicle into a cycling trail. One is to take the pedestrian bridge or the double-roundabout at McTavish Road, while another is to ride along Bazan Bay into Sidney (which is a beautiful stretch of coastline) and then cross the highway at Beacon Avenue. Actually, I’m spoiled with options: with four brewpubs and another seven breweries in the city itself (soon to be eight when Herald Street Brew Works opens) I barely even get warmed up before an optional “hydration stop” presents itself. PENINSULA NEWS REVIEW - Wednesday, December 19, 2012. www.peninsulanewsreview.com • A5. A post shared by Joe Wiebe (@thirstywriter) on Aug 17, 2020 at 2:18pm PDT. The Victoria Airport, BC Ferry Terminal and the Institute of Ocean Sciences are all located within the Saanich Peninsula. Saanich Peninsula Local Health Area (LHA) is one of 14 LHAs in Island Health and is located in Island Health’s South Island Health Service Delivery Area ... modes of transportation (walking, cycling, and public transit) to get to work. Once you’ve rehydrated at Howl, return to the airport trail and continue around the loop towards Patricia Bay, a picturesque spot on the west coast of the Saanich Peninsula. In the space of a couple of hours, you exchange the sunlit hills and gentle shores of eastern Vancouver Island for the rainswept, brooding austerity of the Pacific on the island’s west coast. Category 12 Brewing is located in an industrial complex on Keating X Rd, which runs across the Saanich Peninsula from Brentwood Bay to the Pat Bay Highway. Island Health confirms more COVID-19 cases related to an outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Cycling in Galloping Goose Trail in Victoria Van Netten loves to recreate old beer recipes that have disappeared, including Gruits (beers made without hops that feature herbs and other botanicals) and other beers that you will likely never have heard of — or tasted — before. Come ride the jumps and race the pump track. Distance: 60 – 100 km If you wish to try a local cider straight from the source, we can stop in at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, which is also a gem of the Saanich Peninsula and boasts incredible views over their orchard and across the Haro Straight toward James Island. Add in locally operated Wineries, Cideries and you have a truly unforgettable cycling experience. Most people get on their bikes to ride here in the months of May and August. Find the right bike route for you through North Saanich, where we've got 329 cycle routes to explore. prosperity of the craft beer industry in British Columbia. The next 10 km winds through the wonderful farmland, typical of the Saanich Peninsula. Category 12 Brewing is directly west of Michell’s Farm Market, but if you choose to cross the highway there you will have to climb a steep hill so I recommend saving it for the way back down the peninsula when you can approach it from a different angle and avoid that major climb. It is a tiny operation run by a couple, Dan Van Netten and Alayna Briemon. Stop at one of the nearby sandy beaches on the way, and enjoy ocean views from the trail itself as you approach Sidney SUGGESTED CYCLE DAY TRIP There is an outdoor patio space next to the bike parking area, and although the highway is visible, it’s quite a peaceful spot. The Saanich Peninsula has some wonderful routes with names that say it all: Strawberry Fields Forever, Lands End Loop, Best Beach Bike Route, Cole Bay Sun and Surf, and Flatlands Farm Route. We are a volunteer-run program that brings together residents and volunteers for wonderful outdoor activity with the following goals: Its small size means you pretty much have to visit it in person to try the beer — which makes this ride even more enticing! If tours are being offered, they are highly recommended — the tour guides are very entertaining, and with both a distillery and a brewery on site, it is a unique facility. The tasting room serves sample flights of its whiskies as well as flights or glasses of beer made on site. As you ride north on the Lochside Trail, you pass the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary and Blenkinsop Lake, with an optional turn-off for Mount Douglas Park, and through the shady suburban streets of Cordova Bay into farm country. From her hospital bed, an Oak Bay woman is asking drivers – and cyclists – to slow down and be cautious after she was struck during her morning commute. https://www.tourismvictoria.com/blog/exploring-saanich-peninsula-bike Our recommendation? Continuing north on the Lochside Trail will lead you towards the town of Sidney — which, unfortunately, is one of the few communities in BC without a brewery of its own — but, good news, your first destination is just north of the Victoria International Airport, which is across the Pat Bay Highway to the west of Sidney. The picturesque town of Sidney arrives after 48 km, and offers another opportunity for refueling and rerouting, if required. From Victoria, you can make it to Twa Dogs fairly easily, and even Category 12 is pretty do-able with some rest stops along the way.