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2018 Schedule (Monthly Walks)
Email address yvolks@telus.net

(Includes PT and Scheduled Event Walks)

Walkers from outside Canada should ensure they have
out-of-country medical coverage in case of an accident of any kind while
participating in one of our walks and incurring medical expenses


**** January ****

 January 01, Monday - Victoria - Downtown - Welcome to the New Year Walk - "Capital City, Community, Murals Programs & Bridges (10k only)"
Contact:
Judy Haynes (250-385-8519)
Email:  yvolks@telus.net
Location:
Victoria YM-YWCA, 851 Broughton St. (V8W 1E5)
Start: 12pm Trail: 5/10 km Type: Group Walk PT 007 Rating: 1A
Registration: Opens at 11:30am and closes at 11:55am

Walk Description:

5km Route 2: Rockland Av with its magnificent mansions, Government House gardens, Moss Rock Park with a great view of the Olympic Mountains. Return through Fairfield, along streets with a magnificent canopy of mature trees and enjoy the variety of Edwardian and Victorian homes.

10km Route 2:
Walk around a tree in the middle of a road, past mansions in Rockland, Craigdarroch Castle and Government House with its magnificent gardens.  Walk through Fairfield residential area & up a short trail to Moss Rock Park for a wonderful view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains.  Continue through Fairfield to Dallas Road. (On left is historic Ross Bay Cemetery, well worth visiting). Return through some tiny streets and lanes in James Bay followed by a stroll through Beacon Hill Park and its beautiful gardens.

January 20, Saturday – Victoria – Saanich – Tillicum Walk - ''Community, Murals, Bridges  and Trans Canada Trail Programs''
Contact: Hazel Dunham (250-385-5439) and Joyce Tomboulian (250-590-7766)
Email: yvolks@telus.net
Location:
Pearkes Rec Centre, 3100 Tilllicum Rd (V9A 6T2)
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10 km Type: Scheduled Event Rating: 1B
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:

10km Route:
Goes through residential areas, Banfield Park, Trans Canada Trail & Pavilion, across Selkirk Trestle and along Colquitz Waterway and the trails in Cuthbert Holmes Park.

5km Route: Goes through Gorge Park to a lovely view of The Gorge where you may see small ferries, kayakers and whirlpools during a tide change.  Return along Gorge Waterfront Park, residential areas and on the trails in Cuthbert Holmes Park.


**** February ****

February 03, Saturday - Victoria - Oak Bay - Through The Tweed Curtain – "Community Programs''
Contact:
Judy Haynes (250-385-8519)
Email:  yvolks@telus.net
Location:
Oak Bay Rec Centre, 1975 Bee St. (V8R 5E6)
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10/11 km Type: Group Walk  PT 015 Rating: 1B/2B
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am

Walk Description:

Route 2: 10k - Criss cross the boundary between the "Tweed Curtain" Municipality of Oak Bay and the Municipality of Victoria.  Explore Government House grounds including trails at the back of the “house” with magnificent views (on a clear day), narrow streets (watch for traffic) and back alleys.

Route 2:
 6k
 - Is similar to 10k however, if does not go to Government House.

After the Walk:  Coffee/lunch available at the Sports View Bar & Grill – upstairs at Oak Bay Rec Centre.  May be closed mid June, July and August.

February 10, Saturday – Victoria – Saanich/Oak Bay – Allenby Park/Bowker Creek Event - "Community and Bridges Programs"
Contact: Judy Haynes (250-385-8519)
Email:  yvolks@telus.net
Location:
Allenby Park, Cnr Dean St/Allenby St (V8R 3B8)
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10 km Type: Scheduled Event Rating: 1A
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:


10km Route
: Follows Bowker Creek as much as possible (some parts have been covered over).  Highlights along way are Camosun College (Lansdowne Campus), where you can walk through Na'Tsa'Maht (Aboriginal Gathering Place), Spirit Garden and residential areas.

5km Route: Is the same as the 10k however, it turns off into residential areas after Camosun College.


February 17, Saturday – Victoria – View Royal - Strawberry Vale Event - "Community and TCT Programs"
Contact:
  Hazel Dunham (250-385-5439) and Judy Haynes (250-385-8519)
Email: yvolks@telus.net
Location:  Meet at Rosedale Park, Santa Anita Avenue, Saanich V8Z 2V5 (back of Strawberry Vale Elementary School)
Start:
10am Trail: 5/10 km Type: Scheduled Event Rating: 1A/2A
Registration: 
Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:

10k Route:
An early Spring walk on the trails in Knockan Hill Park, through residential Strawberry Vale and surrounding country roads and farms.

5k Route:
 An easy walk through Rosedale Park, along a waterway that usually has lots of Canada Geese and other overwintering birds and return through residential areas.

Driving Instructions:
From Hwy 1, exit on Helmcken Rd, L on Holland Av, R on Hastings St and R on Sanita Anita Av. ANGLE Parking alongside park (plse park close together) or street parking

 


**** March ****

March 03, Saturday - Victoria - Oak Bay - Lighthouse Walk - "Community, Bridges and Lighthouse Programs''
Contact: 
Carol Halvorson (250-386-6670) and Louise Klaassen (604-346-4509)
Email:
  yvolks@telus.net
Location:
 Oak Bay Rec Centre, 1975 Bee St. (V8R 5E6) 
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10 km Type: Group Walk PT 256 Rating: 2A
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:


5km Route:
 A paved walk taking you past some interesting houses to McNeill Bay for a nice view of Trial Island Lighthouse.  On the way back watch for the house with the “rats on the roof and the plates on the fence”. Detour through Oak Bay Village for tea or a meal before returning along Bowker Creek Walkway.

10km Route: This walk is mostly pavement and wanders through residential Oak Bay with its beautiful homes and gardens, along McNeill Bay and spectacular views of the Olympics and Trial Islands. (Lunch or snack on the beach with the best view of the Lighthouse and channel at the end of Radcliffe Lane). Return through Bowker Creek Walkway. You can also take a short detour through Oak Bay Village for tea or a meal and visit the many interesting shops along Oak Bay Avenue.
 

March 17, Saturday - Victoria - Esquimalt – ''Community and  Murals Programs'', TCT + Pavilion (10k only)
Contact:
Hazel Dunham (250-385-5439)
Email:
 yvolks@telus.net
Location: Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser St. (V9A 6H6) 
Start: 10am Trail: 5/6/10 km Type: Group Walk PT 253 Rating: 2B
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

It's St. Patrick's Day - Wear some Green and enjoy your walk.

Walk Description:


5km Route 1: – Saxe Point Park.
This easy scenic walk combines pavement and trails.  Beautiful gardens and views at Saxe Point Park followed by more spectacular views as you follow the trails around Macaulay Pt. and return through residential areas of Esquimalt.

10km Route 1
:
  A combination of pavement and trails takes you through Saxe Point Park, around Macaulay Point for an extended view of the Olympic Mountains and Juan de Fuca Strait. Continue past Work Point Barracks and West Bay Marina (Gaby’s Seafood Restaurant is a great place to stop for coffee or a meal) and onto Westsong Walkway.  Then north through another residential area to Cairn Park for an “inland” view of Saanich & return via memorial Park and Town Square.


**** April ****

April 01, Easter Sunday - No walk scheduled

Phone or text a friend and choose a PT


**** May ****

May 05, Saturday - Victoria – Saanich – ''Community and Bridges Programs''
Contact:
Judy Haynes (250-385-8519) and Louise Klaassen (604-346-4509)
Email:  yvolks@telus.net
Location:
Cedar Hill Rec Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd (V8P 3Y3)
Start: 10am Trail: 5/6/10/11 km Type: Group Walk PT 306 Rating: 2B
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:

5km and 6km Route 1: Same as 10km and 11km routes with a turn-around point in Playfair Park.

10km Route 1:
Follow the trails up one side of Cedar Hill Municipal Golf Course.  Have some laughs watching the ducks at Kings Pond.  Continue along various streets and connecting pathways through Playfair Park (great Rhododendron displays in the Spring) to the trail around Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Come back through Playfair Park and along the trails on the other side of the Golf
Course (some nice views over the city from the highest points along the Golf Course).

11km Route 1: This route is the same as the 10km route however, it includes a loop that passes Ecole Doncaster Elementary School.


 

May 27, Saturday - Victoria – Esquimalt – ''Community and Murals Programs, TCT + Pavilion" (10k only)
Contact:
Hazel Dunham (250-385-5439) and Joyce Tomboulian (250-590-7766)
Email:: yvolks@telus.net

Location: Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser St. (V9A 6H6)
Start:
 10am Trail: 5/6/10 km Type: Group Walk PT 253 Rating:1B
Registration:
 
Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:


10km Route 22:
  This route includes a great view of Esquimalt Naval Dockyard (their Museum is worth a visit), through a Golf Course (watch for balls) to God’s Acre Veterans’ Cemetery & Chapel. Along the E&N Rail Trail, Banfield Park, the Trans Canada Trail & Pavilion. Along the E&N Rail Trail, Banfield Park, the Trans Canada Trail & Pavilion. Return through the residential Esquimalt. 

5km Route 22: follows 10k route but does not include Trans Canada Trail

6km Route 22:   
This walk does not go to God’s Acre nor the Trans Canada Trail.  It goes through parks, “Old Esquimalt” and along sections of the paved trail beside the E&N rail line.

The 5k and 10k routes go into the Veteran’s Cemetery, where there are several graves of those who are famous in Naval History in Naval History.


**** June ****

June 02, Saturday– Victoria – Oak Bay - Waterfront Walk - "Community and Bridges Programs"
Contact: 
Carol Halvorson (250-386-6670) and Louise Klaassen (604-346-4509)
Email:
 
yvolks@telus.net
Location:
 Oak Bay Rec Centre, 1975 Bee St. (V8R 5E6)
Start:
 
10am Trail: 5/10/11 Type: Group Walk PT 015 Rating: 1A/2A
Registration:
 
Opens at 9:30am closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:
 

5km Route:
This is an easy walk that goes behind Oak Bay High School, follows a portion of Bowker Creek Walkway and various streets to Willows Beach (look for Mt Baker on a clear day). Return along parts of the Centennial Trail.

10km Route.
Walk through Bowker Creek Walkway, Estevan Village, pass by historic Todd House, explore Camus Trail and Willows Beach.  Continue along Esplanade, walk along “no name street” and around Turkey Head.  (Feed the seals, enjoy coffee overlooking the boats at Oak Bay Marina).  Continue along Beach Dr with its waterfront mansions and spectacular gardens. Take a few minutes for a side trip into Anderson Hill Park for a fabulous view of the Olympic Mountains and Juan de Fuca Strait then through residential Oak Bay including some back alleys and part of the Centennial Trail.

11km Route 1:
Through Bowker Creek Walkway and Oak Bay streets to Historic Cattle Point with magnificent views overlooking the Salish Sea, Mt Baker, Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.  Walk along The Esplanade beside Willows Beach to Turkey Head – have a coffee overlooking the Marina. Enjoy the waterfront mansions and their gardens along beach Drive and return through residential areas and Oak Bay Village.

After the Walk:  Coffee/lunch available at the Sports View Bar & Grill – upstairs at Oak Bay Rec Centre.  May be closed mid June, July and August.

June 16, Saturday – Victoria – Saanich – Glanford Par
Contact: Joyce Tomboulian (250-590-7766)
Email: yvolks@telus.net 
Location: 
Corner Glanford Av & Kenneth St, Saanich, BC, V8Z2B7 - Go along Kenneth St. about half a block and left into the parking lot.
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10 km Type: Scheduled Event Rating: 1A
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description: 

10k Route: 
A pleasant walk through residential neighbourhoods, Colquitz Creek Park and the Federal Forestry Grounds.  Return along part of the Galloping Goose Trail, past a large community garden and through the trails in Swan Park.

5k Route: Walk through residential neighbourhoods, along the Colquitz Creek Park and return on some small pathways.


**** July ****

 July 07, Sunday – Victoria – Oak Bay  Cattle Point - "Community Program"
Contact: Judy Haynes (250-385-8519)
Email:  yvolks@shaw.ca
Location: Cattle Point, Beach Drive, V8R6L2
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10 Type: Scheduled Event Rating: 2A
Registration: Opens at 9:30am closes at 9:55am.
Walk Description:

5km Route:
Similar to the 10k but does not go to University or Finnerty Gardens.

10km Route: An all weather walk starting from historic and scenic Cattle Point in the Oak Bay/Uplands area of Victoria, overlooking the Salish Sea,  Walk around Ring Road of University of Victoria Campus, pass through Finnerty Gardens and return along beautiful treed residential streets in the Uplands area.

 

 

July 22, Sunday - Victoria - Oak Bay – Lighthouse Walk - "Community, Bridges and Lighthouse Programs"
Contact: 
Judy Haynes (250-385-8519) and Joan Papert (250-477-1248)
Email:
 yvolks@telus.net
Location:
 Oak Bay Rec Centre, 1975 Bee St. (V8R 5E6) 
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10 km Type: Group Walk PT 256 Rating: 2A
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:
 

5km Route:
 A paved walk taking you past some interesting houses to McNeill Bay for a nice view of Trial Island Lighthouse. On the way back watch for the house with the “rats on the roof and the plates on the fence”. Detour through Oak Bay Village for tea or a meal before returning along Bowker Creek Walkway.

10km Route: This walk is mostly pavement and wanders through residential Oak Bay with its beautiful homes and gardens, along McNeill Bay and spectacular views of the Olympics and Trial Islands. (Lunch or snack on the beach with the best view of the Lighthouse and channel at the end of Radcliffe Lane). Return through Bowker Creek Walkway. You can also take a short detour through Oak Bay Village for tea or a meal and visit the many interesting shops along Oak Bay Avenue.


**** August ****

  August 05, Sunday - Victoria - Downtown - "Capital City, Community, Bridges and Murals Programs"
Contact: 
Judy Haynes (250-385-8519) and Louise Klaassen (604-346-4509)
Email:  yvolks@telus.net
Location:
 Victoria YM-YWCA Vancouver Island, 851 Broughton St. (V8W 1E5) 
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10 km Type: Group Walk PT 007 Rating: 1A
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am

Walk Description:

5km Route: - Beacon Hill.  An easy walk, mostly pavement that goes past Victoria’s Working Harbour, Legislative Buildings and through Beacon Hill Park.  It is a mini version of the 10km.

10km Route 1:
  A memorable Capital City Walk that will take you through Downtown, along Victoria's "Working" Harbour with its Marinas, ferries and float planes.  Around the Legislative Buildings (tours & Gift Shop avail), through Beacon Hill Park & it’s beautiful gardens.  Enjoy the view of the Olympic Mountains walking along Dallas Road. Enjoy the gardens at Government House and the magnificent masonry of Craigdarroch Castle.


**** September ****

September 01, Saturday– Victoria – Oak Bay– Waterfront Walk - "Community and Bridges Programs"
Contact: 
Judy Haynes (250-385-8519) and Louise Klaassen (604-346-4509)
Email:
 
yvolks@telus.net
Location:
 Oak Bay Rec Centre, 1975 Bee St. (V8R 5E6)
Start:
 
10am Trail: 5/10/11 Type: Group Walk PT 015 Rating: 1A/2A
Registration:
 
Opens at 9:30am closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:
 

5km Route:
This is an easy walk that goes behind Oak Bay High School, follows a portion of Bowker Creek Walkway and various streets to Willows Beach (look for Mt Baker on a clear day). Return along parts of the Centennial Trail.

10km Route: Walk through Bowker Creek Walkway, Estevan Village, pass by historic Todd House, explore Camus Trail and Willows Beach.  Continue along Esplanade, walk along “no name street” and around Turkey Head.  (Feed the seals, enjoy coffee overlooking the boats at Oak Bay Marina).  Continue along Beach Dr with its waterfront mansions and spectacular gardens. Take a few minutes for a side trip into Anderson Hill Park for a fabulous view of the Olympic Mountains and Juan de Fuca Strait then through residential Oak Bay including some back alleys and part of the Centennial Trail.

11km Route 1:
Through Bowker Creek Walkway and Oak Bay streets to Historic Cattle Point with magnificent views overlooking the Salish Sea, Mt Baker, Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.  Walk along The Esplanade beside Willows Beach to Turkey Head – have a coffee overlooking the Marina. Enjoy the waterfront mansions and their gardens along beach Drive and return through residential areas and Oak Bay Village.

After the Walk:  Coffee/lunch available at the Sports View Bar & Grill – upstairs at Oak Bay Rec Centre.

 

September 15, Saturday - Victoria - Central Saanich – Harvest Walk & Potluck Picnic - "Community Program"
Contact: 
Judy Haynes (250-385-8519) or Hazel Dunham (250-385-5439)
Email: yvolks@telus.net
Location: 
Centennial Park, 7500 Block Wallace Drive, (V9M 2H6). 
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10 km TypeScheduled Walk Rating: 1B/2B
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:

Please Note: 
The pot luck picnic will follow these walks. It's St. Patrick's Day - Wear some Green and enjoy your walk. The shelter has no electricity or cooking facilities.  Please use your own cooler if possible. Coffee will be supplied.

10k Route: 
On this walk you can enjoy the serenity of the trails of Centennial Park
in Central Saanich, continue through residential Brentwood Bay, as well as passing farms along country roads.  Enjoy some blackberries along the way before you finish the walk on different trails in Centennial Park.

5k Route:  Enjoy some of the trails in Centennial Park and stroll along the main street in the village of Brentwood Bay.  Walk through the grounds of Stelly's School and follow different trails in Centennial Park to the finish.

 


**** October ****

October 13, Saturday – Saanich – Vantreight Park – "Community Programs"
Contact
: Judy Haynes (250-385-8519)
Email: yvolks@shaw.ca
Location: Vantreight Dr. (off Ferndale Rd.)  V8M 3W7
Start:
10am Trail: 5/10 km Type: Scheduled Event Rating: 2B
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am

Walk Description
:

5k and 10k Routes: Both routes offer spectacular coastal scenery that overlooks Haro Strait and a number of small coves. Walk through parks and connecting pathways in residential areas of Gordon Head. The 10k also goes to Arbutus Cove where you can see some of the largest Arbutus trees on southern Vancouver Island.

Driving Instructions from Downtown Victoria:
North on Blanshard St, Right on Bay St, Left on Shelbourne St, Right on Feltham Rd, Left on Gordon Head Rd – becomes Ferndale Dr.  Right on Vantreight Dr – angle parking along fence on left.
 


**** November ****

November 10, Saturday -Victoria - Oak Bay – Lighthouse Walk - "Community, Bridges and Lighthouse Programs"
Contact:
Judy Haynes (250-385-8519)
Email: yvolks@telus.net
Location:
Oak Bay Rec Centre, 1975 Bee St. (V8R 5E6)
Start: 10am Trail: 5/10 km Type: Group Walk PT 256 Rating: 2A
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:


5km Route:
A paved walk taking you past some interesting houses to McNeill Bay for a nice view of Trial Island Lighthouse.  On the way back watch for the house with the “rats on the roof and the plates on the fence”. Detour through Oak Bay Village for tea or a meal before returning along Bowker Creek Walkway.

10km Route: This walk is mostly pavement and wanders through residential Oak Bay with its beautiful homes and gardens, along McNeill Bay and spectacular views of the Olympics and Trial Islands. (Lunch or snack on the beach with the best view of the Lighthouse and channel at the end of Radcliffe Lane). Return through Bowker Creek Walkway. You can also take a short detour through Oak Bay Village for tea or a meal and visit the many interesting shops along Oak Bay Avenue.

November 11, Sunday - Victoria – Esquimalt – Remembrance Day - "Community, Murals and TCT + Pavilion Programs" (10k only)

An alternate ending for this walk will be at Memorial Park
so you can attend the Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Contact: Hazel Dunham (250-385-5439) and Judy Haynes (250-385-8519)
Email:  yvolks@telus.net
Location: 
Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser St. (V9A 6H6) 
Start: 10k start 9:00am 5k and 6k start 9:30am Trail: 5/6/10 km Type: Group Walk PT 253 Rating: 2B
Registration: Opens at 8:45am and closes at 9:45am.

Walk Description:
 

10km Route 2
:  This route includes a great view of Esquimalt Naval Dockyard (their Museum is worth a visit), through a Golf Course (watch for balls) to God’s Acre Veterans’ Cemetery & Chapel. Along the E&N Rail Trail, Banfield Park, the Trans Canada Trail & Pavilion. Along the E&N Rail Trail, Banfield Park, the Trans Canada Trail & Pavilion. Return through the residential Esquimalt. 

5km Route 2: follows 10k route but does not include Trans Canada Trail

6km Route 2
:  This walk does not go to God’s Acre nor the Trans Canada Trail.  It goes through parks, “Old Esquimalt” and along sections of the paved trail beside the E&N rail line.

The 5k and 10k routes go into the Veteran’s Cemetery, where there are several graves of those who are famous in Naval History.


**** December ****

December 01 Sunday – Victoria – Downtown- Christmas Lights Walk - "Community, Murals and Bridges Programs"
Contacts: 
Judy Haynes (250-385-8519) and Cheryl Thorsteinson (250-385-8990)
Email: 
yvolks@telus.net
Location: 
Victoria YM-YWCA Vancouver Island, 851 Broughton St. (V8W 1E5) 
Registration: Opens at 2:30pm and closes at 3:55pm.
Start: 4pm Trail: 5/10 km Type: Evening Scheduled Walk Rating: 1A

Walk Description:


Both 5k and 10k routes include, Christmas Lights, 60 Decorated Trees , The Gingerbread display, coloured lights on the Legislative Buildings.

Enjoy chatting with your fellow walkers while having some coffee/tea and cookies for one hour before the walk.  Come back to stamp your books and warm up with hot coffee and cookies.
For those who would like to see the Lighted Truck Parade:  The trucks usually come into the downtown area about 7:30pm.  We will have current information at the Registration Desk.

 


December 16, Saturday - Victoria – Saanich
Contact:
 Judy Haynes (250-385-8519) and Joyce Tomboulian (250-590-7766)
Email: yvolks@telus.net
Location:
 Cedar Hill Rec Centre, 3220 Cedar hill Rd (V8P 3Y3) 
Start: 10am Trail: 5/6/10/11 km Type: Group Walk PT 306 Rating: 2B
Registration: Opens at 9:30am and closes at 9:55am.

Walk Description:
 
TBA ... Note:
The Route will depend on the weather.


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