With such an amazing natural landscape surrounding Westhills, we thought not all of you may be aware of just how many fabulous opportunities there are in the area to get out and maintain your active lifestyle!
One of the greatest resources a West Shore resident can have is the “Walk the West Shore: A Walking Guide to Victoria’s West Shore Communities” booklet! It was produced by the municipalities of Colwood, Metchosin, Highlands, Langford, View Royal, CRD and West Shore Parks & Recreation Society. If you wander down to your local City Hall (Langford’s City Hall is located at 877 Goldstream Ave), you can pick up this handy guide for FREE! (Or you can click the link above and download it to your computer.) It shows the trails in the area, each trail’s highlights, if they allow pets, what kind of trail it is (rugged, elevation changes, length, etc.) and so much more!
That said, we wanted to focus on what was right around Westhills! First, you have the Ed Nixon Trail which goes almost all the way around Langford Lake, right on the border of Westhills. Because this trail circles the lake there are portions of trail and boardwalk. The trail system itself is all purpose, has slight 2m elevation changes and pets are allowed. Also, there is lots of opportunity to see wildlife, which is always nice.
On the other side of Westhills you’ll find Glen Lake Beach Park. The City of Langford very recently received a cash injection for the park and will be repairing an accessible fishing dock and installing picnic tables, greenery, a playground and trails! This is VERY exciting for those living in Westhills as it is so very close to the neighbourhood. The Cy Jenkins Trail runs partially across Glen Lake, as well as the Galloping Goose Trail and provides a nice and easy 3.3km walk!
Mount Wells Regional Park is another neighbour of Westhills and is a “123 hectare wilderness park”. To hike to the top of the summit, at 352m, the climb is steep and challenging and specifically recommended for fit hikers. Once at the top you’ll find amazing views of Juan de Fuca Strait, downtown Victoria, the Sooke Hills and more. This time of year the wildflowers will be growing strong and beautiful.
And finally, the Galloping Goose Trail! This trail connects Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford, View Royal, Saanich and Victoria. You can cycle, horse ride, walk or inline skate on the trail, as well as take your pets along with you. Along the trail in specific locations are parking lots and washrooms for user convenience. One of the more common uses of the ‘Goose’ is commuting from the West Shore to downtown Victoria, particularly if you are cycling – if you start in Langford you could be downtown sometimes quicker than you could if you drove your vehicle! What a funny name though, right? The Galloping Goose was named after a “1920s gas powered passenger car that operated on the rails-to-trails conversion abandoned CNR line” prior to it becoming the Galloping Goose!
So, if you are living the Westhills lifestyle get out there and explore what is around! There are so many opportunities to take in the beautiful, natural landscape all around us.