What are the Centennial Trails?
Centennial Trails was an idea that started in 2003 as a way to celebrate Saanich’s 2006 centennial.
The project set out to improve existing trails and create new trails to fill key gaps in our trail system.
Where are the Centennial Trails?
There are several key trails that are intended to establish major east-to-west and north-to-south connections to all areas of Saanich.
- Links Gordon Head and the University of Victoria to the Lochside Regional Trail
- Avoid busy roads with this east-to-west connection to the Lochside Regional Trail
- There are many regional trails and parks to enjoy along the way
- Parallels West Saanich Road, extending north to Wallace Drive from Interurban Road
- This trail follows the historic BC Electric Railway route for most of its 4.5km length
- Connects local residents to parks, Gordon Head Recreation Centre and local schools along its route from Mount Douglas Park to Arbutus Cove Park
- Takes you through the Vancouver Island Technology Park, Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and Layritz Park
- This multi-use trail also connects the Interurban Rail Trail
- Travels mostly north-to-south through the Gorge, Carey and Royal Oak neighbourhoods
- It is a popular multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists
- The long term vision: to follow the river to Beaver Lake Regional Park
- A key connector between the Lochside Regional Trail and the Colquitz River Trail
- East of the highway underpass, the trail follows local streets and park trails where it joins with the Lochside Regional Trail and the Sea Side Touring Route
- West of the highway underpass, the trail leads you through Brydon Park and to the Colquitz River Trail
Hike the Trails!
Did you know CTV News did a spot light on the Centennial Trail in 2019 as part of their Hike the Island series? Check out maps of a 16.2km and shorter 7.8km hike/walk option!