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Last updated on February 05, 2014
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VICTORIA - DOWNTOWN - CVF Capital City Walk, Community and Mural Programs
Sanction #: YRE 007 Jan 1 - Dec 31
Contact: Judy Haynes 250-385-8519
Email: yvolks@shaw.ca
Location: YM-YWCA 851 Broughton St (V8W 1E5)
The YM-YWCA is at the corner of Broughton and Quadra Streets (250-386-7511) in downtown Victoria. Pay parking nearby. Free meter parking on Sundays and holidays. The Y is about 6 blocks from the harbour, one block off the main road from the BC ferries and 3 blocks from the centre of the city. From BC Ferry Terminal and Victoria Int'l Airport: south on Patricia Bay Hwy, (becomes Blanshard Street). Left on Broughton St

Trail: 5/5/10/15 km      Rating: 1A
Registration: There is a large cabinet on lower level of the YM-YWCA (beside the pop machine).

Hours: Mon-Fri: 5:30am-10:30pm, Sat: 7:30am- 9pm, Sun: 7:30am-7:30pm. Holiday hours: 8am-4pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas. Be off the trail by dusk. Call to confirm holiday hours 250-386-7511

Walk Descriptions:

5km Route A.
 This walk is mostly pavement and goes past Victoria Harbour, Legislative Buildings and through Beacon Hill Park

5km Route B.  This walk wanders through Government House gardens, past Craigdarroch Castle, “quirky” Fernwood with it’s variety of homes and the Belfry Theatre (a former Church)

10km Route 1.  This very scenic route includes Victoria Downtown and Harbour, Legislative Buildings, Carillon Tower, Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road overlooking Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains, Government House and Craigdarroch Castle

5km Route 2. Rockland Ave with it’s magnificent homes, Government House gardens, Moss Rock Park with a great view of the Olympic Mountains. As you through tree lined streets enjoy the variety of Edwardian and Victorian homes

10km Route 2.  From beginning to end this walk has so much variety:- mansions on Rockland Ave, Craigdarroch Castle, Government House gardens, residential Fairfield, the view of the Olympic Mountains from Moss Rock Park, Dallas Road and Beacon Hill Park

Washrooms are available at the Start/Finish and on route. These walks will also be done as a group. Check with contact for dates and times. Pets must be on leash and scoop law is in effect.


VICTORIA – ESQUIMALT – Community and Murals Programs
Sanction #: YRE 253 Jan 1 - Dec 31
Contact: Hazel Dunham 250-385-5439
Email: yvolks@shaw.ca
Location: Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser Street (V9A 6H6)
From downtown Victoria, take the Johnson Street bridge to Esquimalt Road, left on Fraser Street. From BC Ferry Terminal and Victoria Int'l Airport: south on Patricia Bay Hwy, right on Johnson St. to Esquimalt Rd., left on Fraser St. Esquimalt Rec Ctre is on the left. Free parking. Take #6 bus (Esquimalt) Yates St. at Broad St.

Trail: 5/5/10/15/20/25/30/35 km         Rating: 2B
Registration: Ask for Volkssport Walk Binder at the Registration Desk by the Front Entrance

Hours: Sunday to Saturday 5:30am to 10:30pm. Be off the trail by dusk. Call 250-412-8500 to confirm holiday hours

Walk Descriptions:

5km South
. This easy walk combines pavement and trails.  Beautiful gardens and views at Saxe Point Park followed by more spectacular views as you follow the trails around Macaulay Pt. and return through residential areas of Esquimalt

5km North
. This mostly paved walk goes through residential Esquimalt, along Westsong Walkway with views of the Olympics and lower sections of Highrock Park


10km Route 1.  A combination of pavement and trails takes you through Saxe Point, around Macaulay Point with spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and Juan de Fuca Strait. Continue past Work Point Barracks and West Bay Marina (Princess Mary Restaurant is a great place to stop for coffee or a meal) and onto Westsong Walkway.  Then north through another residential area to Cairn Park (aka High Rock Park) and a short steep climb to The Cairn with 360° views of Victoria

15km Route. (TCT/Pavilion):  This route is the same as the 10km (above) however, it follows West Song Walkway to the end, over the Blue Bridge, through China Town and back across the bridge to the Galloping Goose (Trans Canada Trail), past the Pavilion and through Banfield Park. Continue through “old Esquimalt”, parts of Rock Heights and return through Memorial Park and Esquimalt Town Square

5/10km Route 2.  This walk, mostly paved, explores Old Esquimalt.  A very nice view overlooking Esquimalt Naval Dockyard, (the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum is worth a visit).  Then on the paved trail alongside the E&N Rail line with a detour through Cdn Forces Base (Naden), to God’s Acre – A Veterans Cemetery in the middle of a Golf Course.  Return through “Old Esquimalt” passing by some newly restored Heritage homes

6km Route 2.  This walk does not go to God’s Acre.  It goes through parks, “Old Esquimalt” and along sections of the paved trail beside the E&N rail line

Washrooms are available at the Start/Finish and on route. These walks will also be done as a group. Check with contact for dates and times. Pets must be on leash and scoop law is in effect.


VICTORIA - OAK BAY - Community Program
Sanction #:
YRE 015 Jan 1 - Dec 31
Contact: Judy Haynes 250-385-8519
Email: yvolks@shaw.ca
Location: Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street (V8R 5E6)
From downtown Victoria, drive east on Fort Street and turn right on Bee Street. Free parking. Bus #11 (Uplands) from Douglas and View Streets

Trail: 5/10/11 km         Rating: 1A/2A
Registration: Ask for Walk Binder at the reception desk in main lobby.

(NB:  There are two Sanctions at this location.  Each walk has it’s own Registration Sheets and Stamp.
YRE 015 Waterfront Walk and YRE 256 Lighthouse Walk). Please sign in on the correct sheets and use appropriate stamp.

Hours: Daily 6am to 11:30pm. Call to confirm holiday hours 250-595-7946. Be off the trail by dusk

Walk Descriptions:

YRE 015 Waterfront Walk


5km Route. This is an easy walk that goes behind Oak Bay High School, follows a portion of Bowker Creek Walkway and various streets to Willows Beach. Return along parts of the Centennial Trail

10km Route. Almost the same as 11km Rte 1(does not include Cattle Point). Pass by historic Todd House, explore Camus Trail and return via part of the Centennial Trail and some back alleys

11km Route 1. Through Bowker Creek Walkway and Oak Bay streets to Historic Cattle Point with magnificent views overlooking the Salish Sea, Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.  Walk along The Esplanade beside Willows Beach to Turkey Head (views of Mt Baker on a clear day). Return through residential areas and Oak Bay Village

11km Route 2. As this route follows various streets in residential Oak Bay you will see many styles of housing – small, large, old and new.  Walk along McNeill Bay, into Anderson Hill Park for stunning views of the Olympics and Juan de Fuca Strait, returning via Turkey Head Walkway and Oak Bay Marina (make sure you visit the resident seals). Continue along the waterfront and back through Bowker Creek Walkway

Washrooms are available at the Start/Finish and on route. These walks will also be done as a group. Check with contact for dates and times. Pets must be on leash and scoop law is in effect.


VICTORIA - OAK BAY – Community and CVF Lighthouse Programs (Trial Islands Lighthouse)
Sanction #: YRE 256 Jan 1 - Dec 31
Contact: Judy Haynes 250-385-8519
Email: yvolks@shaw.ca
Location: Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street (V8R 5E6)
From downtown Victoria, drive east on Fort Street and turn right on Bee Street. Rec Centre is on the left. From BC Ferry Terminal and Victoria Int'l Airport: south on Patricia Bay Hwy, left on Hillside Ave. (becomes Landsdowne), right on Foul Bay Rd, left on Goldsmith St. left on Bee St. Rec Ctre is on the right. Free parking. Bus #11 (Uplands) from Douglas and View Streets

Trail: 5/10/15 km         Rating: 1A/2A
Registration: Ask for Walk Binder at the reception desk in main lobby.

(NB:  There are two Sanctions at this location.  Each walk has it’s own Registration Sheets and Stamp.
(YRE 015 Waterfront Walk and YRE 256 Lighthouse Walk).  Please sign in on the correct sheets and use appropriate stamp.

Hours: Daily 6am to 11:30pm. Call to confirm holiday hours 250-595-7946. Be off the trail by dusk.

Walk Descriptions:

YRE 256 Lighthouse Walk

Bring a picnic lunch or buy snacks along the way.

5km Route: A paved walk taking you past some interesting houses to McNeill Bay for a nice view of Trial Island Lighthouse.  On the way back watch for the house with the “rats on the roof and the plates on the fence”. Detour through Oak Bay Village for tea or a meal before returning along Bowker Creek Walkway.

10km Route: This walk is mostly pavement and wanders through residential Oak Bay with its beautiful homes and gardens, along McNeill Bay and spectacular views of the Olympics and Trial Islands. (Lunch or snack on the beach with the best view of the Lighthouse and channel at the end of Radcliffe Lane). Return through Bowker Creek Walkway. You can also take a short detour through Oak Bay Village for tea or a meal and visit the many interesting shops along Oak Bay Avenue

Washrooms are available at the Start/Finish and on route. These walks will also be done as a group. Check with contact for dates and times. Pets must be on leash and scoop law is in effect.


VICTORIA – SAANICH Community and Trans Canada Programs (10km Rte 2)
Sanction #: YRE 306 Jan 1 - Dec 31
Contact: Judy Haynes 250-385-8519
Email: yvolks@shaw.ca
Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd.(V8P 3Y3)
From downtown, drive north on Blanshard St, turn right on Finlayson St, turn left on Cedar Hill Rd. From BC Ferry Terminal and Victoria International Airport: south on Patricia Bay Hwy (Hwy 17), turn left on Finlayson St. turn left on Cedar Hill Rd. Cedar Hill Rec Centre is on your left. Bus # 24 (Cedar Hill) from Johnson St. at Broad St.

Trail: 5/6/10/11 km Rating: 2B
Registration: Ask for Walk Box at Registration desk in Main Lobby

Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:30am - 10:00pm; Sat and Sun: 8am - 9:00pm; Holidays: Call to confirm holiday hours 250-475-7121. Be off the trail by dusk.

Walk Descriptions:

5km and 6km Route 1:  Same as 10km and 11km routes with a turn-around point in Playfair Park.

10km Route 1: This route is the same as the 11km route however, it excludes the loop that passes Ecole Doncaster Elementary School.

11km Route 1:  Goes west around the trails beside Cedar Hill Golf Course and follows various streets and connecting pathways through Playfair Park to the trail around Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Return along the trails on the east side of the Golf Course and pass Ecole Doncaster Elementary School

5km Route 2: Very similar route to the 10km but does not include Uptown Mall or Trans Canada Trail

10km Route 2:  Explore small parks and interesting streets.  Walk though Uptown Mall, a section of Trans Canada Trail and return through narrow streets and the chip trails on the east side of Cedar Hill Golf Course.  Note:  The Clubhouse (upstairs) is open to the public for coffee or soup ‘n sandwich lunch

Washrooms are available at the Start/Finish and on route. These walks will also be done as a group. Check with contact for dates and times. Pets must be on leash and scoop law is in effect.


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