When the kiddos are a bit older or with the chariot trailing behind and you are up for an island getaway, try the Lochside Trail from Swartz Bay to Victoria. Park at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal day lot and cycle onto the ferry. This flat and easy route is well signed and follows an old railway line weaving through trails, fields, and quiet residential streets. At an easy pace it takes 2 hours to wheel the 33km to Victoria. With lunch on the inner harbour and returning via the same route for the 6pm ferry back – makes for a long but do-able daytrip. Maybe next time we will stayover in Victoria to make an overnighter of the route.
Distance: 33km each way
Details: flat, easy, well-signed and interesting route with a variety of paved or hardpacked trails, some quiet roads
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