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GCW Permanent Trails and RLDW


What is a Permanent Trail?

A Permanent Trail (PT) was formerly called a Year Round Event (YRE), or a Seasonal Event. It is a self-guided walk enjoyable every day of the year. Walkers self register at the start points and take a route map. PTs are an excellent way to accumulate credits for distance awards as they may be completed as often as desired.

We often have
Group Walks of a Permanent Trail. See the 2017 Calendar of Events for walks listed with a PT number.

Garden City Wanderers has 5 Permanent Trails (#s 19, 25, 29, 140 & 260) each with a variety of different routes to choose from.  

All PTs are eligible for various Challenge Walk Programs. For descriptions of each of the Walk Programs go to the Volkssport Canada website at CVF Special Walking Programs.

What is an RLDW?


Garden City Wanderers introduced a Round and Long Distance Walk (RLDW) in 2009. The RLDW now consists of  8 routes – one 9 km route, six 10 km routes and one 11 km route for a total of 80 kilometres. You can then claim an IVV distance stamp for the distance completed up to 80 km, plus one IVV event stamp for every 20 km completed.  All walks start and finish at the Broadmead Running/Walking Room. The walks may be done all in one day or can take over a year to complete. Just like a PT, the RLDW can be done as often as you wish.

The fee for participating in the RLDW is just $5. 

A binder is located in the Broadmead PT Box so you can self-register and self-stamp.  Items included in the binder are:
Explanation sheets for RLDW 
Registration sheets and Personal Registration Record Sheets 
Envelopes for money 
Walk Directions and Maps for all routes 
Sleeve for returning Personal Registration Sheets 
IVV Stamp

Details of all GCW Permanent Trails and RLDW

       PT 019

     "Harbour Towers"

Capital Cities Walk Program

Community Walk Program

Dock and Walk Program

Map of Start point

harbour

Location: START/FINISH POINT for PT 019 is at the Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites, 345 Quebec St., Victoria V8V 1W4  

Directions: Approximately 2 blocks west of the Parliament Buildings, only a few blocks from the centre of downtown
Victoria
and one block from the Port Angeles ferries.
Directions from the
Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and Airport: 
South on Hwy 17 (
Blanshard St.), Right on Belleville, Left on Oswego to Quebec St.

Registration: This is a self  registration walk. To access the Walk Box, enter hotel through main entrance and go up the stairs immediately in front of you. Turn right at the top of the stairs. The Walk Box is attached to the wall beside a drink vending machine. The box houses the registration binders and has a slot for money envelopes.  
Available daily.

Contact:  Randy Law 250-590-7175

5/10 km

Beacon Hill and Government House

The 5 km walk features Beacon Hill Park and Cook Street Village. An additional 5 km loop goes through the gardens of Government House
Trail Rating is 1A.

5 km

James Bay

Walk around Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Fisherman’s Wharf and James Bay residential area.
Trail Rating is 1A.

5/10 km

Heritage Walk

A walk that highlights many of Victoria’s heritage treasures. The map includes descriptions of the historical sites along the route.
Trail Rating is 1B.

10 km

Beacon Hill

Walk around Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Fisherman’s Wharf and through the James Bay residential area and Beacon Hill Park.
Trail Rating is 1B.


PT 025

"Harbour Towers"

 
Trans Canada Trail Program

Community Program

Mural Program


Map of Start Point


victoria

Location: START/FINISH POINT for PT #25 is at the Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites, 345 Quebec St., Victoria V8V 1W4

Directions: Approximately 2 blocks west of the Parliament Buildings, only a few blocks from the centre of downtown Victoria and one block from the Port Angeles ferries.
Directions from the
Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and Airport: South on Hwy 17 (Blanshard St.), Right on Belleville, Left on Oswego to Quebec St.

Registration: This is a self  registration walk. To access the Walk Box, enter hotel through main entrance and go up the stairs immediately in front of you. Turn right at the top of the stairs. The Walk Box is attached to the wall beside a drink vending machine. The box houses the registration binders and has a slot for money envelopes.  
Available daily.

Contact:  Randy Law 250-590-7175

 5/10 km

The Gorge Walk

Walk from Victoria to the Vic West area. The 10 km option goes over the Selkirk Trestle and along the Gorge waterway.
Trail Rating is 2B.

5/10 km

Songhees

This walk follows the waterway around the Inner Harbour from Victoria to Esquimalt.
Trail Rating is 1B.

15 km

Songhees

This walk extends the 10 km Songhees walk through Esquimalt to Saxe Point..
Trail Rating is 1B.


PT 029

"Henderson"

Community Walk Program


Map of Start Point


uvic

Location: START/FINISH POINT for PT #29 is at the Henderson Centre at Henderson Park,
2291 Cedar Hill X Road, Oak Bay  V8P 5H9

Directions: From downtown Victoria take Fort St, Left on Foul Bay Rd, Right on Cedar Hill X-Rd,
The Rec Centre is a short distance on the right.

Registration: This is a self registration event. Please ask for the "Walk Box" at the front desk.
Mon - Fri
6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Check with Centre - 250-370-7200

Contacts: Susan Holloway  250-727-6826
Beverley Cattrall 250-598-4316 for bike routes
PT 066
bike
   10/26 km bicycle routes
Ocean views scenic rideThese new bicycle routes follow the ocean affording many scenic views. (available June 17 to October 16, 2017)

5/10 km

Uplands

This mostly paved route is by way of some of Victoria’s most attractive residential areas with some water views.
Trail Rating is 2A.

5 km

UVic Walk

An interesting walk through the gorgeous gardens, wooded trails and the centre of the University of Victoria campus.
Trail Rating is 1B.

10 km

Mount Tolmie

A more challenging walk, going on the University of Victoria grounds, along residential streets, and up 1 km to the top of Mount Tolmie for a panoramic view of the city.
Trail Rating is 2B.


PT 140

"Pearkes"

Trans Canada Trail Program (Pavilion)

Community Walk Program


Map of Start Point

gorge

Location:  START/FINISH POINT for PT #140 is at G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road, Saanich V9A 6T2.

Directions: Heading north from Victoria on Highway 1, turn left on to Tillicum Road.  The Pearkes Centre is at the rear of the Tillicum Shopping Centre, off Arena Rd.

Registration:  This is a self registration event.  Please ask for the "Walk Box" at the front desk.
Mon-Fri
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat-Sun: 
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
May be closed on statutory holidays.  Call 250-475-5400 for confirmation of hours.

Contact:  Gord Keeble 250-479-6512

6/10 km


The Gorge (Route A)   

The walk leaves from the Pearkes Centre, following the Colquitz River to the scenic Gorge, finishing through tranquil Cuthbert Holmes Park.
Trail Rating is 1B/2B.


 10 km

 Swan Lake
(Route B)

This walk follows creeks and trails to Christmas Hill Park and returns through Swan Lake Nature Reserve.
Trail Rating is 2B.



5/10 km

The Gorge (Route C)

This walk also goes to the Gorge and explores the other side, including Gorge Park, and returns via the Selkirk Trestle and the Galloping Goose Trail.
Trail Rating is 2B.


PT 260

"Broadmead"

Location:  START/FINISH POINT for PT #260 is at The Running Room/Walking Room that is located at #330 Broadmead Shopping Centre, 777 Royal Oak Drive Saanich V8X 4V1

Directions: From downtown Victoria take Blanshard St which becomes Vernon Ave, and then Patricia Bay Hwy (#17). Turn right on Royal Oak Dr.

Registration:  This is a self registration event. 
Mon-Fri
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat: 
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed on major holidays. Call store to confirm hours  250-881-1051

Contact:  Marion Davidson 250-477-9851

5 km

Rithet Bog

A scenic walk on chip trails around Rithet Bog, a bird sanctuary, and on lovely treed streets of the Broadmead residential area.
Trail rating is 2B.

5 km

Royal Oak

A pleasant walk along the trails and residential streets of the Royal Oak area.
Trail rating is 2B.

10 km

Blenkinsop Lake

Enjoy a walk thru trails, parks, residential streets and over the restored Blenkinsop trestle bridge.
Trail Rating is 2B.

10 km

Colquitz Creek

A scenic walk on chip trails along Colquitz Creek.
Trail Rating is 2B.


RLDW #4

Location:  START/FINISH POINT for all 8 segments of the RLDW #4 is at The Running Room/Walking Room that is located at #330 Broadmead Shopping Centre, 777 Royal Oak Drive Saanich V8X 4V1.

Directions: From downtown Victoria take Blanshard St which becomes Vernon Ave, and then Patricia Bay Hwy (#17). Turn right on Royal Oak Dr.

Registration:  This is a self registration event. 
Mon-Fri
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat: 
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed on major holidays. Call store to confirm hours  250-881-1051

Contact:  Marion Davidson  250-477-9851

10 km

Cemetery Loop

Offers views of the San Juan Islands and Mt. Baker. After a steep climb in the first part of the walk and a set of stairs down to Doumac Park it is a relatively flat walk including a wander through Royal Oak Cemetery.
Trail rating is 3C.

10 km

Grant Park

Takes you through the trails on the outer edges of the Royal Oak Cemetery then returns through trails in Beaver Lake Park.
Trail rating is 3B.

11 km

Swan Lake

Takes you around Swan Lake, a birding area, and Christmas Hill.  Dogs are not allowed in Swan lake but a bypass route is defined.
Trail Rating is 2C.

10 km

Broadmead Trails

Takes you on many of the trails and streets of the Broadmead area.
Trail Rating is 2B.

10
km

Glendale
Trails

Visits several bird watching areas.  The section through Quick's Bottom does not permit dogs but a bypass is possible.
Trail Rating is 2B.


10
km

Colquitz
River
Trail

Follows the creek along wide trails and residential streets.
Trail Rating is 2B.


10
km

Christmas Hill

Climbs to the top of Christmas Hill with glorious panoramic views of Victoria. Sorry, no dogs allowed on Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary.
Trail Rating is 3C.
9 kmOuterbridge ParkMeanders on trails and through several parks in the Broadmead area.
Trail rating is 2B

The other two Victoria Volkssport clubs also have several PTs. Go to the websites of Juan de Fuca Pathfinders and Victoria 'Y' Volkssport Club for details.

 
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