Trails & Treks

Discover the beauty of Saanich parks and nature in your backyard. 

Enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery, a friendly chat and gentle exercise as we take different walks through Saanich parks and trails. A great way to meet people!

Gentle Walk and Talk

Enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery, friendly chat and gentle exercise as we take different walks through Saanich parks and trails. Walks follow mainly chip or gravel trails but may have some steep sections. No registration required. Sorry, dogs not permitted.

Thursdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. 
John Henigman

  • Jan 2 - Bowker Creek. Meet at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Bus Routes: 8
  • Jan 9 - Blenkinsop Valley. Meet at Lochside Elementary School, corner of Royal Oak & Lochside Drive on Trail. Bus Routes: 39
  • Jan 16 - Cedar Hill to Playfair Park. Meet at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre main doors. Bus Routes: 8 
  • Jan 23 - Gorge Waterway. Meet at Gorge Water Waterway Park new near Canoe Club off Tillicum. Bus Routes: 8, 26
  • Jan 30 - Interurban Rail Trail. Meet at Red Barn Market, 5550 West Saanich Rd parking lot. Bus Routes: 83
  • Feb 6 - Lambrick Park to Sierra Park. Meet at Gordon Head Recreation Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way. Bus Routes: 27,28,39
  • Feb 13 - Lochside Trail to Beckwith Park. Meet on Lochside Trail in parking lot by Don Mann Excavating, off McKenzie at Borden. Bus Routes: 26
  • Feb 20 - McMinn to Kentwood - Outterbridge. Meet at McMinn Park at 4820 Maplegrove Street at Lochside Drive. Bus Routes: 32, 39
  • Feb 27 - Glencoe Cove - Meet at Vantreight Park, on Vantreight Road, off Ferndale Avenue. Bus Routes: 27
  • Mar 5 - Mystic Vale. Meet at Cadboro Gyro park end of Sinclair Road, beside washrooms. Bus Routes: 11
  • Mar 12 - Prospect Lake Centennial Trail. Meet at Whitehead Park at intersection of Prospect Lake Road & Goward Road. Bus Routes: 83
  • Mar 19 - Sayward Hill. Meet at Lochside Park, off Cordova Bay Road, past Mattick's Farm. Bus Routes: 32
  • Mar 26 - Swan Lake. Meet at end of Nelthorpe, off McKenzie. Bus Routes: 26 
  • Apr 2 -  UVic Alumni Chip Trail. Meet at Henderson Rec Centre, outside main door, 2291 Cedar Hill X Rd. Bus Routes: 4, 9, 14
  • Apr 9 - Cadboro Bay to Queen Alexandra. Meet at Cadboro Gyro Park end of Sinclair Rd, beside washrooms. Bus Routes: 4, 9, 11, 26
  • Apr 16 - Bow Park. Meet at Gordon Head Rec Centre lobby, 4100 Lambrick Way, off Feltham Rd. Bus Routes: 27, 28, 39
  • Apr 23 - Cedar Hill to Peacock Hill. Meet at Cedar Hill Rec Centre main doors Bus Routes: 8
  • Apr 30 - Swan Lake, Reynolds, Playfair Parks. Meet at end of Nelthorpe, off McKenzie. Bus Routes: 26
  • May 7 - McMinn to Doris Page. Meet at McMinn Park, beside tennis courts, off Maplegrove Street. Bus Routes: 32,39
  • May 14 - Knockan Hill Park. Meet at Strawberry Vale Community Hall off Burnside Road. Bus Routes: 22
  • May 21 - Mt. Tolmie and Finnerty Gardens. Meet at Henderson Recreation Centre, main entrance parking lot. Bus Routes: 4,9,14
  • May 28 - Todd Inlet. Meet at Tod Inlet access, on Wallace Drive, opposite Quarry Lake, just south of Benvenuto. Bus Routes: 75
  • Jun 4 - Mt. Douglas to Majestic Park - Meet at washrooms in main parking lot off of Cordova Bay Road at Ash Street. Bus Routes: 39
  • Jun 11 - Layritz to Copley Quick's Bottom Parks. Meet at Layritz Park parking lot off Glyn Road, off Wikinson Road. Bus Routes: 6
  • Jun 18 - Lower Trails of Mount Douglas. Meet in main parking lot at Ash & Cordova Bay Road. Bus Routes: 21, 83
  • June 25 - Calvert Park to Logan Park. Meet at far West end of Viaduct Avenue, off Interurban. Bus Routes: 21,83

Sunday Walks

Discover the beauty of Saanich parks and nature in your backyard. Guided walks are open to adults of all ages. No registration necessary. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring drinking water. Walks go rain or shine. Leashed, well-socialized dogs are welcome.

Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m. 
Penny Stevens and Robert Newell

  • Jan 26 - Cadboro Bay to 10-Mile Point. Meet at the Cadboro Bay Gyro Park parking lot, at the end of Sinclair Road. Bus Route: 11
  • Feb 23 - Rediscovering Bowker Creek. Meet at parking lot of former Sears Garden Centre, Hillside Mall, on North Dairy Road. Bus Routes: 4,8,9,27,28
  • Mar 29 - Knockan Hill and the Parks of Strawberry Vale. Meet at Marigold Park on Iris Avenue, off Grange Road. Bus Route: 22
  • Apr 19 - Swan Lake to Playfair Park. (no dogs on this walk please). Meet at the Saanich Municipal Hall parking lot at the end of Darwin Avenue. Bus Routes: 26,30,31,70,72
  • May 24 - Royal Oak/Beaver Lake Circle. Meet at covered main entrance to Saanich Commonwealth Place, on Elk Lake Drive. Bus Routes: 8,9,21,35,39,70,71,72
  • Jun 28 - Lambric Park to Mount Douglas Park. Meet outside of entrance of the Gordon Head Recreation Centre at Lambrick Park. Bus Routes: 27,28,39