Rolston Trail in Victoria, BC: Let's Go For a Walk

Welcome To Victoria, BC

Welcome to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria sits on the west coast of Canada on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The city has mild temperatures year round and is known for its beautiful flowers and ocean views as sits close to the Pacific Ocean. Victoria is also the capital city of BC.

And so the trail begins. Saanich, BC.
And so the trail begins. Saanich, BC. | Source

Rolston Trail

Today we journey to the Rolston Trail, located in the District of Saanich. Saanich is a municipality which is part of Greater Victoria.

The trail has is part of a pilot project of Saanich Parks to designate the trail as pedestrian only. No bikes are currently allowed on the trail, as part of the project, perhaps due to etiquette problems with walkers. The pilot project runs until June 30, 2012, at which point a final decision will be made.

Put on your runners and come join me on the walk. Don't worry, there aren't any big hills!

Rolston Trail Pedestrian Only Pilot Project Map
Rolston Trail Pedestrian Only Pilot Project Map | Source

The Location

The trail runs from Shadywood Drive to Emily Carr Drive, and from Emily Carr Drive to Royal Oak Drive. The trail also extends into the Rithet's Bog Conservation Area.

Let's walk. You won't need the walking pole today.
Let's walk. You won't need the walking pole today. | Source

Our walk today takes about thirty minutes at a brisk walk. The symbol on the pole up ahead indicates a walking stick but you won't need that today my friend.

Nature

The sun is shining and, as we walk, the dirt/stone surface of the trail crunches under our runners.

Along with the crunch of our steps we hear birds singing amongst the trees around us. I do not see the birds; they must be nestled among the branches. You can keep looking around, but I do not know if you will see any of the birds. Besides, you really should watch where you are going so that you don't run into anything and hurt yourself!

Nature surrounds us on Rolston Trail.
Nature surrounds us on Rolston Trail. | Source

The Trees

As we walk along the Rolston Trail, there are trees along both sides of us. There are Gary Oaks and Douglas Firs. Douglas Firs tower over many parts of Vancouver Island, throughout parks like Mount Douglas Park and alongside roads. The trees add a countryside feel to the walk today. Doulgas Firs are tall evergreens that extend upwards of 200 feet!

The trunks rise high into the air and are anchored by shrubs of bright green. Ah look, a large group of ferns at the side of the trail! Let's stop to take a photo.

A beautiful group of ferns on the side of the trail.
A beautiful group of ferns on the side of the trail. | Source

The Stream

Now I hear running water. Where is the sound coming from? To the right of the trail, off a slight bank, is a small stream. There is no sign to give a name to the stream. The water is clear. I am thankful there is no litter to tarnish the wonderful sight. I don't see any fish, but I do still hear the birds up in the treetops.

Continuing on our walk (we do have to get exercise, you know), we come across a bench alongside a small park. No children are playing here, yet. We think about stopping to try out the swings but instead decide we best be continuing the walk. We have to be home for dinner time!

A stream off Rolston Trail, Saanich, BC.
A stream off Rolston Trail, Saanich, BC. | Source
The park!
The park! | Source

Now We're Moving

Now we're moving along the trail. How nice, a series of chain-linked poles to guide us along. The fencing helps separate the trail from the nature around us to ensure our path is kept wide enough to walk comfortably. The path is well taken care of and ready for more walkers to join us! Up ahead, oh wow what a gorgeous sight! I see a large pond with houses that extend out onto the water, built on stilts.

The fencing leads the way for our walk.
The fencing leads the way for our walk. | Source
Looking out on the water just off the Rolston Trail.
Looking out on the water just off the Rolston Trail. | Source

Nature is so beautiful here for us today! What a fun walk around Greater Victoria this has been today. I say we head home now; I am feeling hungry after all of the walking we did today. What do you want for dinner? Ah, let's discuss the food options while we walk back home from here!

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Chuck, it is milder than many other parts of Canada here on the West Coast. We tend to have rain in the winter and rarely get snow. It's nice :)


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

It is nice to know that Canada has a place with a mild climate since Canada is so far from the equator.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Jane, thanks for joining me out in nature on a sunny day in Victoria, BC! Nice of you to stop by to read and comment here.


Jane Carroll 4 years ago

I loved this post...it felt like I was actually walking right along side you and I never got out of breath! The descriptions and pictures really put it over the top!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@alocsin, how neat that you have been to Victoria! I'm glad you enjoyed taking the virtual walk with me. Thanks for the comment and votes.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Your photos make this trail come alive. Have been to Victoria a couple of times but never even heard of this trail. It's something I'll look for on my next trip there. Voting this Up and Useful.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@tessamary, you are welcome to walk with me any day! Thanks for the great comment and talk with you soon.


tessamary 4 years ago

Wow...such a descriptive walk, I was sure I could 'hear' the birds, feel the sun...and smell the fresh air, all well reading your story. Thanks.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Marc, you silly you! You motivate and inspire me with your helpful ideas. I am so glad we have connected my friend. Thanks for stopping by to comment, I was excited for you to see this hub!

@Vinaya, I'm glad you enjoyed the walk :) Thanks for the comment!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@teaches, Thanks so much for continuing to support my writing with your comments. I appreciate it. Oh yes, you are right that a picnic at the end of the walk sounds like a terrific idea. Perhaps next time I will!

@Jackie, Awe thanks hon!


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

Yea! Christy and her camera are on the prowl for beautiful Vancouver Island picture blogs! Wherever did you get such a phenomenally beautiful idea? Great job, girl!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

While reading this hub I felt like I was walking with you. This was such a soothing feeling.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is a lovely park and the foilage adds to the beauty of the area. I can see why they would only want walking traffic for now. It is a place I would truly enjoy hiking through and having a picnic at the end. Thanks for the information on this adventure.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow, thanks for the walk! I loved it.

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