Sunday, February 25, 2024

10 scenic routes to go for a run in and around Victoria


Do you want to get into running but don’t know where to start? Are you a seasoned runner looking for a change of scenery?

We’ve got you covered. 

Running may seem like a scary hobby to undertake, but with practice you may enjoy it!

With the perfect routine, whether it be an early morning run or a sunset jog by the water, you may even find over time you actually look forward to it.

It’s just a matter of finding your perfect spot to put in your headphones and check out. 

Now that you’ve got your running shoes on, here are 10 best spots to go for a run in and around Victoria:

Elk/Beaver Lake Perimeter Loop

The Elk/Beaver Lake Perimeter loop is a relatively flat, wide path that outlines the lake. The 10km loop stays close to the water for a beautiful, scenic view as you run.

  • Length: 10km
  • Elevation: Minimal
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Dallas Road

If you don’t mind running in a busier setting and want to take in all Victoria has to offer, try Dallas Road. The road offers views of the ocean and beaches all the way from Fisherman’s Wharf to Hollywood Crescent. 

  • Length: 6km one way
  • Elevation: 23m
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Lochside Trail

The Lochside Trail runs from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal to Victoria, where it intersects with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. 

  • Length: 29km
  • Elevation: Minimal
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Galloping Goose Regional Trail

The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is a 55-kilometre journey which can take you from Victoria to Sooke. Formerly a railway line, the path moves through urban, rural and wilderness scenery. 

  • Length: 55km
  • Elevation: Minimal
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Alumni Chip Trail

The Alumni Chip Trail is a flat, loop trail throughout the outskirts of UVic. The path is accessible for all levels and offers a peaceful ambiance in the forest. 

  • Length: 4.2km
  • Elevation: 29m
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Thetis Lake

The main loop around Upper and Lower Thetis hugs the lake and offers a relatively easy path to run. If you are looking for something a bit more difficult or rugged, the park also offers a variety of trails off the main path. 

  • Length: 5km
  • Elevation: 30m
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Henderson Chip Trail

Henderson Chip Trail is a great running path for beginners, circling the perimeter of Henderson Park Golf Course. The loop, which is only 1.1km in length, is great for beginners. 

  • Length: 1.1km
  • Elevation: Minimal
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Cedar Hill Recreation Trail

The Cedar Hill Recreation Trail is a walking and running loop around the Cedar Hill Golf Course. Be sure to keep an ear out for anyone yelling FORE!

  • Length: 3.5km
  • Elevation: 59m
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

West Bay Walkway

The West Bay Walkway connects Esquimalt (from Head Street at West Bay Marina) to downtown Victoria at the Johnson Street Bridge. The path outlines the water and offers incredible views of the downtown core.

  • Length: 5km
  • Elevation: Minimal
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

The Flight Path

(The Flight Path/Visitor in Victoria)

The Flight Path is a 9.3km loop around the Victoria International Airport. The path is level and paved, with a lane marker to help separate walkers/runners from cyclists. 

  • Length: 9.3km
  • Elevation: Minimal
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

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