Hikers' Notes

We are pleased to share tips and updates from hikers who purchased maps for a 3-day West Coast Hikes and sent us their feedback.

If you purchased maps and completed the inn-to-inn hike, please feel free to share your notes with others, either as a reply to this blogpost, or by e-mail to 'info at trekandtreats dot ca'. 

Here are some great tips from a hiker after a May 2017 hike:

Royal Roads University - accommodation before the hike
The only draw back was the peacocks - they sqwak a lot.  If we were to do it again, we'd probably pay more for the Holiday Inn.  

T & T:  Ah yes, the Peacocks. They are a part of this park and national heritage site. Royal Roads recommends bringing ear plugs. There are also Birds of a Feather B&B or the Holiday Inn not far.  

Day 2:

We stopped in at the pottery show in Metchosen Village.  It was very impressive.

T & T: Metchosin has many artists and there are usually a few galleries open. On Sundays, the farmers' market and several small museums are also worth visiting.

Bus 55/54
We took a bus to the Lodge at Weir's Beach to Metchosen Village to shorten our walking that day, especially 3 km along a road.  I had looked up info prior to the trip and noticed the stop # on the BC transit website near the lodge didn't seem to match the stop itself. It was also a Sat, so only bus 54 was running. I would highly suggest getting the time tables ahead of time, unless you are carrying a device you can easily search the BC transit website on.

T & T: The safest way to ascertain bus times is BC Transit's trip planner. Use it when you have access to free wifi (e.g. at all your accommodations). The trip planner is google map based, allowing to enter the name of your accommodation, a restaurant, or a street address as a start and end point. Try it before your trip:

Day 3: Taxi to Sooke Potholes and walk back to Sooke/Sooke Basin area:

I would recommend taxi to potholes and walk back for that day.  We liked taking the taxi to the potholes in the morning, because it seemed more hassle to first walk to the potholes and then calling a taxi in case of a long wait, or confusion about where we were or possibly not having cell reception with our carrier (not sure if that is really a problem or not).  

T&T: Great idea to take the bus to the end point of the hike in the morning.  While there is cell phone coverage at the 'Potholes', or Sooke River Park, it is true that determining a meeting point isn't easy. 'Parking lot # 2 with the bathrooms' works as a meeting point, but Tammi's solution is even better!

Also on the map that shows the Shell Gas station - we never saw this while on the Galloping Goose trail, and I think maybe you can't. But the map made me hopeful as were looking forward to a break with some food buying options.

The Shell gas station, which also offers refreshments and even ice cream, is on Hwy 14, just past the Stickleback Restaurant if you are walking west along the Goose.  Coming from the Potholes, turn right on Ludlow Road and then right on Hwy 14.  It's a short detour, about 5 min each way.

Bus 61 to Sooke  
Depending on time of day, you may have to take bus 61 and 50 to get into Victoria city center

Salmon Interpretive Centre
The interpretive center wasn't open yet. There was a sign on/above the door giving dates - but I didn't write them down. It would be great to have had that information in the notes - ie, what the dates are.  We would not have gone down if we had known, even though there are signs to see outside in May.

Opening hours seem to be a little unpredictable as the centre is run by volunteers.  We recommend taking the short walk down from the bridgeand walking the interpretive trail alog regardless. It is full of old-growth trees and big ferns and feels like a different world than higher up on the Galloping Goose Trail.  You could also call the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society for opening hours, at 250-642-4200, the day before your hike.

Posted by: Administrator Monday Jun 12, 2017 22:19
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