The Great Trail, or Trans Canada Trail, Parkette

This parkette is part of a 24,000 kilometer trail that crosses Canada from coast to coast to coast. It lies in the City of Victoria within the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. At the junction of the south side of the Selkirk Trestle Bridge, where the Galloping Goose Trail branches onto Harbourside Bike Trail or into Banfield Park, is a small green space. This is the Great Trail, formerly knows as the Trans Canada Trail, Parkette which marks, with its red roofed pavilion, the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) section that lies in Victoria, BC. The walls of the pavilion are etched with details, names and messages about the TCT. These pavilions are found along the route across Canada. While this parkette indicates that this is the TCT, locally the route is part of the Galloping Goose Trail and the Harbourside Bike Trail. This junction has routes that lead toward Esquimalt via Banfield Park and to downtown Victoria, via either Tyee Road or the Harbour Waterfront Trail. The trails toward downtown connect with David Foster Way which connects with the Victoria Seaside Route to reach Mile Zero of the TCT. Please see the maps available on the Great Trail website.

 

Geographic Coordinates N48° 26’ 15” W123° 22’ 59”

 

The Great Trail, formerly, the TransCanada Trail, Parkette can be reached from Blanchard Street. Turn west onto Bay Street and continue across the Ellice Point Bridge. At the first lights turn a sharp right onto Tyee Road. Follow Tyee Road to the end where there is a small parking area. Walk about thirty meters down the pathway to the junction of the Galloping Goose Trail and the Selkirk Trestle Bridge to see the TCT pavilion. A city bus travels along Craigflower Road from downtown.

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