Victoria offers visitors and locals an amazing spectrum of activity and culture: scenic coastal getaways; buzzing downtown attractions; a lively arts, music and theatre community; or just our relaxed and casual pace.
If taste and cuisine is your thing, the capital has no shortage of contemporary offerings; house roasted coffees, craft brewed beers, artisan bakeries, and our collection of renowned chefs’ offerings. Check us out, Victoria is filled with an abundance of options for the casual to the adventurous.
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.
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.Get Directions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“Pedaler Bike Tours gives visitors another great way to see Victoria.”
“…the bike strikes me as an apt metaphor for the place — healthy, happy-coloured, fun…”
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“What I do know is that Victoria really loves its cyclists…”
writes Margo Pfeiff in the
“The city is completely navigable by bike”
writes Seattle–based blogger Roll With Jenn in her
“This town has come a long way, and now features super-trendy food and a vibrant cafe culture. Definitely one of the cool cities in Canada.”