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Victoria is the capital city of the province of British Columbia. We are located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island with a population of about 80,000, and the greater Victoria area population is close to 350,000. We are about 100km (60 miles) southwest of Vancouver, the largest nearby Canadian city, on the mainland of Canada’s west coast.

We are also about 100km northwest of Seattle. Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. A well-kept secret is that Victoria is the driest location on the British Columbia coast thanks to the rain shadow effect of the nearby Olympic Mountains, and gets significantly less precipitation than Vancouver and Seattle.

Ogden PointPoint

The cruise ship terminal at Ogden Point is 1.5km from our shop. It is a flat, 15 minute walk through the quaint neighbourhood of James Bay. We can arrange private tours to suite your schedule that will depart from our shop.

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Canada's Cycling Capital

Victoria has a year round temperate climate making it popular for boaters, gardeners, golfers, cyclists, and all manner of outdoor enthusiasts. The temperate climate and geography make Victoria a natural choice for both serious and casual cyclists. Our neighbourhoods, each with their own distinctive personality, make for interesting excursions around town by bicycle. The parks, paths, and low traffic corridors take you easily from one area of the city to another when travelling by bicycle. The city is small enough that you can cover most of it by bicycle, and large enough to keep things interesting. Whether you want to cruise around town, get out on the Galloping Goose or Lochside Trails, hit the back roads with the roadies, or tackle some serious west coast mountain biking, Victoria has it all.

Bike Maps & Information

Galloping Goose Trail

The Galloping Goose Trail is a 55km (34 miles) bike path that stretches to the west from downtown Victoria to Sooke. The Goose, as it is known locally, is a popular bike path for both locals and visitors.

See Galloping Goose Trail Map

Lochside Trail Trail

The Lochside Trail is a 29km trail (18 miles) heading north/south between Victoria and Sidney through the Saanich Peninsula. The peninsula is home to wineries, locally made spirits and an organic cider house which means plenty of options for a satisfying side trip off the trail.

See Lochside Trail Map

Public Transit or Pedaler Shuttle

Victoria’s Regional Buses can make a ride along the entire length of The Goose and Lochside Trails an easier goal, especially if you like the option of only cycling in one direction. Public buses have bike racks that hold 2 bikes so you can easily transport yourself and your rental bike to Sooke or Sidney, then cycle back into town along the trails. The Pedaler offers a self-guided tour that transports you and your equipment to Sidney or Butchart Gardens to cycle back into town at your leisure along The Lochside Trail.

Where To Stay

  • Huntingdon Manor - The Pedaler is located on the peaceful and charming grounds of this bike friendly hotel.
  • Magnolia Hotel - There’s no shortage of first-rate amenities at this boutique downtown Victoria hotel. This downtown gem is four beautiful blocks away along the Inner Harbour from our shop.
  • Ocean Island Inn Backpackers Suites - They have it all! Everything from dorm rooms and private mini singles to hotel style rooms and suites. A fun cafe and lounge with live music several times a week!
  • Fairmont Empress - This iconic luxury hotel is two blocks away from our shop and they like people who like bikes.
  • Inn at Laurel Point - This quiet ocean side luxury retreat is 1.5 blocks away from our shop. It is the only carbon neutral hotel in town. If you ride a bike whenever you leave your room you can boast about your net zero carbon footprint in Victoria.

Best Eats

  • Zambri’s – cycling and Italian food are a perfect pairing and this local family run business loves cyclists who love to eat. They have a great wine selection to satisfy all interests and budgets.
  • Spinnaker’s Gastro Brew Pub – this is the oldest brewpub in Canada. We love the food. We love the beer. We love the chocolate truffles. Kid friendly dining room too.
  • Red Fish Blue Fish – A unique, fresh, and sustainable approach to the old fish ‘n’ chip shop. On the pier in the Inner Harbour. Fun. Delicious.
  • Fish Hook - Ideal for those wanting a quick, healthy and delicious meal. There is a secret outdoor eating space in the back.

Things To Do

  • Monday Magazine - For events around town.
  • Eat Magazine - For information on local food and drink events.
  • I Love Downtown Victoria - For events, downtown happenings and local galleries.
  • Grab a bike, a blanket and a picnic and head to the beach: Ross Bay, Gonzales, Willows, Gyro … all within easy cycling distance from downtown.

Hidden Gems

  • Kid Sister - Hand-made popsicles with local fruit.
  • Cold Comfort - Hand made ice cream treats using organic ingredients.
  • Stir It Up - Caribbean soul food on Yates St.
  • Bubby's Kitchen - Not hidden by local standards but most visitors miss this popular local kitchen .
  • Pure Lovin' Chocolate - Their name was born from a love of quality, unadulterated chocolate. We just love great tasting chocolate even if it is vegan or dairy free.

Staff Favourites

  • Fernwood Coffee & Parsonage Cafe – You cannot get better food with a great cup of coffee than at this local gem.
  • Veneto Lounge – Great local hang out for cocktails and bites.
  • Habit Coffee – Two downtown locations, each with their own vibe.
  • Ottavio Italian Bakery and Delicatessen – Located in Oak Bay this café is a great place to do some food shopping or grab a bite and sit on their sunny plaza … be sure to try their house made gelato.
  • Big Wheel Burger – A unique local, sustainable and environmentally friendly burger joint in the popular Cook Street Village.
  • Moon Under Water Brew Pub – A brew pub in the brewery district. The onion rings and a flight of beer.
  • Silk Road Tea – The best tea shop in Canada is right here on the edge of Chinatown.
  • Olive The Senses – For olive oil and vinegar and take home a unique blend of your own.
  • Terroir Tea - A fantastic little shop in the foodie district on Fort Street. Worth stopping in just to see their tea brewing machine.