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[Bicycles] Regional Trails in Victoria: Galloping Goose, Lochside, Trans-Canada & E&N


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#1 Bingo

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 03:19 PM

The Galloping Goose Regional Trail was one of the first sections completed of the Trans-Canada Trail, which ends on the east side of the Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria. The unoffical end of the Trans-Canada Trail is at Mile "O" on the Victoria Waterfront.

One section of the Trans-Canada Trail that is presently being repaired is the historic Kinsol Trestle near Shawnigan Lake.

The Cowichan Foundation is running the Kinsol Trestle Capital Campaign in conjunction with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and Community Futures Cowichan, which is providing administrative help and a physical location for the campaign office.


http://www.kinsol.ca/?trestle-q-a,24

http://www.galloping..._goose_info.pdf

http://www.tctrail.ca/home.php

http://www.trailsbc....victoria-1.html


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Posted 20 February 2011 - 09:07 AM

Kinsol Trestle Restoration "Back on Track"

Feb 19, 2011
The Kinsol Trestle restoration project is back on track according to the Ministry of Tourism.

The last set of steel trusses on the trestle in the Cowichan Valley has been installed and restoration work on one of the largest wooden bridges in the world will continue into the summer.

The Provincial and Federal governments, Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Island Coastal Economic Trust are funding the project.

BC celebrates Heritage Week next week. This year's theme is the 100th anniversary of BC parks.

- Liz McArthur

http://www.cfax1070....hp?newsId=17402

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:10 AM

The rehabilitation of the Kinsol Trestle will allow that section of the Trans-Canada Trail to reopen in the near future.

"The trestle was completed in 1920 by the Canadian National Railway. The last train crossed the bridge in 1979 and CNR abandoned the trestle a year later. In 2008, Cowichan Valley Regional District decided to rehabilitate the trestle. The province contributed $3.4 million, the federal government $1.9 million and the CVRD $600,000. In addition, the Island Coastal Economic Trust raised $600,000"

Read more: http://www.timescolo...l#ixzz1En69cxlx



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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:54 AM

Much still to be done at the Kinsol Trestle

By Gerry Giles, Times Colonist March 2, 2011


Read more: http://www.timescolo...l#ixzz1FTBWRTSv




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Posted 29 April 2011 - 02:47 PM

The Kinsol Trestle which could open this July, is expected to be the highlight of the Trans Canada Trail.

http://www.timescolo...5826/story.html

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 06:50 AM

The magnificent Kinsol Trestle is open.

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http://www.shawnigan...com/kinsol.html

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 07:50 AM

^ We made a point of visiting the trestle this summer, it is definitely worth a look.





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Posted 05 September 2011 - 07:03 PM

Our family took a ride over the trestle this weekend - what a landmark! It will serve as a destination for tourists and adds signficantly to Shawnigan Lake's marketability. At any time there were around 30 people of all ages on the trestle, and many more walking to it from the trailhead.

If a connection is ever made from the end on the E&N Rail Trail in Langford, or the Galloping Goose by Sooke Potholes, the total line would run from downtown Victoria to Cowichan Lake. Could end up being a good niche tourism market for Victoria - trail bicycle touring.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 09:44 PM

Our family took a ride over the trestle this weekend - what a landmark! It will serve as a destination for tourists and adds signficantly to Shawnigan Lake's marketability. At any time there were around 30 people of all ages on the trestle, and many more walking to it from the trailhead.

If a connection is ever made from the end on the E&N Rail Trail in Langford, or the Galloping Goose by Sooke Potholes, the total line would run from downtown Victoria to Cowichan Lake. Could end up being a good niche tourism market for Victoria - trail bicycle touring.


The Trans-Canada Trail's unoffical end/start is at Mile Zero in Victoria, along Government and Wharf to another historic bridge that is soon to be torn down. Presently the Trans-Canada Trail ends/starts at the west end of the Johnson Street Bridge.

http://www.trailsbc....victoria-1.html

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 09:02 PM

The Trans-Canada Trail is not usable as a trail for a good portion between Victoria and Shawnigan Lake, meaning that calling it a 'trail' for that portion is nonsensical. Yes, I am brave enough to ride my bike up the Malahat, or take the detour to the Mill Bay Ferry, but not many are.

For what its worth, can we leave JSB out of this discussion? Thanks.
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#11 Bingo

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 10:39 PM

The Trans-Canada Trail is not usable as a trail for a good portion between Victoria and Shawnigan Lake, meaning that calling it a 'trail' for that portion is nonsensical. Yes, I am brave enough to ride my bike up the Malahat, or take the detour to the Mill Bay Ferry, but not many are.

For what its worth, can we leave JSB out of this discussion? Thanks.


The Trans Canada Trail is not intact as it is still a work in progress, but the section or the trail from the JSB runs all the way to Langford sharing the Galloping Goose. The original section of trackage that went past the Pot Holes along Sooke Lake is now under water since the dam was raised in 2002, otherwise it would have been possible to keep that right of way intact.

It could be a long time before the gaps are filled in, and it would be nonsensical to wait for a bridge over Sooke Lake, or a bridge to the mainland, to finally link us with the rest of the Trans Canada Trail.


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 01:34 PM

I guess this is as good as any a place to put this. There has been some work these past several weeks on improvements around the Switch Bridge and access path to Uptown Mall. I suspect the improvements may have been partially paid for from that Uptown Mall fund for improved access to the Galloping Goose. In any case they are welcome improvements, especially the water fountain. Those new evergreen trees will look nice one day too. :thumbsup:


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 03:25 PM

I wish there were a way to fasten a bullseye mirror above the y-junction just north of the bridge. It's really hard to see around that corner to make a safe turn if you're heading north and then west on the Goose

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 03:33 PM

^^ Water fountain eh? Most of the world has a long history of not being able to keep those things in service very well. I guess we'll see.

OT slightly, but do they even put them in new office/schools/buildings? Been a while since I've used one.
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Posted 12 November 2013 - 04:07 PM

^ This is a true multipurpose fountain. It not only contains your standard human drinking fountain, but a doggie fountain at the bottom and a water bottle re-filler at the top. There is a similar fountain at the Lochside Trail intersection with the Blenkinsop Greenway.



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 04:48 PM

The same fountain can be found on the Galloping Goose near Atkins Ave. in View Royal. It's great!

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 05:01 PM

^^ Water fountain eh? Most of the world has a long history of not being able to keep those things in service very well. I guess we'll see.

OT slightly, but do they even put them in new office/schools/buildings? Been a while since I've used one.


UVic just installed a bunch of new ones and changed some to encourage the use of refillable water bottles.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 05:29 PM

Ah, very good, thanks all...
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Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:51 PM

^ This is a true multipurpose fountain. It not only contains your standard human drinking fountain, but a doggie fountain at the bottom and a water bottle re-filler at the top. There is a similar fountain at the Lochside Trail intersection with the Blenkinsop Greenway.

Oh, water bottle refiller. I thought it was a shower for shorter folks.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 12:12 AM

Looked like a fancy urinal at first site.

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