along the Galloping Goose Trail

 From the 23rd of August to the 13th of September we went to Canada. We were invited to the wedding of Amy and Bryan. Amy is my grand-niece on mother’s side. We flew to Vancouver on the 23rd en were picked up by Bryan and Amy . At ten minutes from the airport, we had reserved a B&B  ( )  We went quickly to bed after the long journey to be fit in the morning to assemble our bikes and start our cycling tour. First we cycled towards Mission where my aunt lives. We  met some very niece people in Coquitlam , Art and Iona, who offered us to stay at their house and have dinner with them… Canadians know what hospitality means!!The second day we arrived in Mission and spend some days with the family and attended the wedding .

After the wedding we head back to Vancouver direction Horseshoebay, where we planned to take the ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Some hours cycling away from the ferry terminal on Van Isle we met Peter, our couchsurf host. We stayed with Peter for 3 nights. It was once again a great experience. We did a cycletour with him and his friends and also a very nice walk along the coast line. Peter’s house in Nanoose was right along the bay, and we had a splendid view and appreciated the nice sunset.

After we left Peter’s little paradise called  “falling waters” we cycled south: Back to Nanaimo to start and then our first goal was Chemainus a little villages famous for its murals. Luis another generous man from Burnaby who offered us his garden to camp, had given us good advice about what route to take towards Victoria, the capital of BC. So we head for the Lochside Trail and to the ferry at Millbay that avoids a big climb… the ferry is called : “the nicest shortcut to Victoria”. We arrived then on the Saanich Peninsula were we headed towards the Galloping Goose Trail and Sooke. The Goose trail is a dead-end, so we have to come back. We take the little turn on the Goose to visit Victoria, and then along the Lochside up to Scwarzbay were we take a ferry again towards the main land. The ferry takes us between the beautiful islands around here.

We arrive at our same B§B one day earlier than planned, but we find a trail along the dykes in Richmond that is very nice to do as a last little tour before flying back home.

you will find a more elaborate text about this adventure soon under “cycle touring”