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Pedaling the Pacific Northwest

Embark on an exhilarating bicycle adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of the Pacific Northwest! With your adventurous spirit in mind, we have hand-picked some spectacular routes and destinations for your bicycle trip. These world-class rides offer the quintessential cycling experience for all ages and experience levels. Begin your journey on either side of the border and explore the Olympic Discovery Trail starting from Port Angeles or the Galloping Goose from downtown Victoria!  PLUS! Bicycles are now FREE on Black Ball Ferry Line with the purchase of a ferry ticket. Need to rent a bike for your adventures? No problem. We have excellent bicycle partners in each destination — The Pedaler in Victoria and Discover E-Bikes in Port Angeles both offer a wide range of bike rental and tour options. BOOK VICTORIA BIKE RENTALS     BOOK PORT ANGELES BIKE RENTALS The Olympic Discovery Trail. The Olympic Discovery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula The Olympic Peninsula is home to the 135-mile (217 km) Olympic Discovery Trail, composed of paved road and multi-use paths. As an ongoing project spanning over 35 years, more than half of the route is now made up of trails reserved for non-motorized travel, with more being added every year. With a large and ever-expanding trail that takes you through the quaint towns of Forks, Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend, the pedaling possibilities are endless! The Olympic Discovery Trail winds through diverse landscapes including fields, farms, parks, towns, various bodies of water and national recreation areas. Whether you're venturing out for a day of exploration or embarking on an extended bike journey, continue below for our top recommendations along the Olympic Discovery Trail. Planning an extended trip? Take advantage of overnight package deals with our Olympic Peninsula hotel partners! BOOK AN OVERNIGHT ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA Bridge over the Elwha River. Elwha River Valley West of Port Angeles, the Olympic Discovery Trail runs across the Elwha River, which flows from the Elwha snowfinger (a perennial snowfield that is the water source of the Elwha) in the Olympic Mountains into the Strait of Juan de Fuca (6.8 miles / 11 km one way). The trail crosses the river on a picturesque suspension bridge — Continuing from there, it runs parallel to the Strait of Juan de Fuca coastline connecting to beaches along the route.  The view of Lake Crescent. Lake Crescent Beyond the Elwha River, the Olympic Discovery Trail runs south towards Lake Crescent, a large glacier-fed lake nestled between towering mountains (23.6 miles / 38 km one way). The trail runs across the lake's north shore on a 8.1 mile / 13 km stretch of former railroad, passing through restored tunnels along the way. If you’re looking for a longer ride from Port Angeles, the Lake Crescent region is an excellent destination. To make a weekend out of it, Lake Crescent Lodge provides a historic stay right on the water — The perfect place to relax and enjoy the Olympic Peninsula area after a day of pedaling! Field of lavender at a farm in Sequim. Sequim Heading east from Port Angeles (the opposite direction of Lake Crescent), you will reach the sunny town of Sequim on the Olympic Discovery Trail (19.2 miles / 31 km one way). While this trip is an absolute must in the summer months during Sequim’s famous lavender season, it is also an excellent ride year-round, with a gentle grade following former railroads. The prairie-like region is rich with farmland, providing a quiet, country atmosphere. The trail runs through the city of Sequim, the cultural center of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley area, with local storefronts including shopping, restaurants, and activities. The Galloping Goose Trail. Credit: CRD.  The Galloping Goose in Victoria, BC The Galloping Goose is a multi-use trail spanning a 34.2 mile / 55 km journey from Victoria to Sooke, BC. The route was originally a freight railway line that was built during WWI. “The Goose” is part of the larger Trans Canada Trail, linking coast to coast across all of Canada’s varying picturesque landscapes, meaning that the adventures are endless! Within Greater Victoria, the trail intersects with the Lochside Regional Trail (connecting Saanich to Sidney) and the E&N Rail Trail (linking Victoria and the West Shore). To begin your journey on the Galloping Goose Trail from the Black Ball Ferry Line terminal in Victoria, head East along Belleville Street towards Government Street. Turn left on Government, then take another left onto Wharf Street. Follow Wharf Street until you reach Johnson Street Bridge on your left. Cross the bridge, then turn right on the paved path that connects to Harbour Road and the trail. The trailhead is approximately 0.6 miles / 1 km from our Victoria ferry terminal! See below for our favorite bike routes and destinations in Greater Victoria. Whether you are wanting a quick trip to take in the local beauty, or a more remote trek out to Sooke, the Galloping Goose has something for you.  PLUS! There are several bike lanes within the downtown Victoria core, making it a very bike-friendly destination. If you have time, we highly recommend checking out the downtown Victoria scene via bike. Downtown is filled with local shops, numerous food spots, craft breweries and pubs, and iconic spots like Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road, and Chinatown.  BOOK AN OVERNIGHT IN VICTORIA   Thetis Lake. Thetis Lake From Victoria, take the Galloping Goose to Six Mile Road, connecting to Thetis Lake Regional Park (7.5 miles / 12 km one way). Thetis Lake is a popular local lake in Greater Victoria, perfect for a post-ride dip or a scenic hike. You will find a network of moderately challenging hiking trails around Lower and Upper Thetis Lake that wind through west coast rainforest and boast beautiful views of the surrounding area. Blooming flowers at Mill Hill Park. Credit: CRD. Mill Hill Park From Victoria, follow the Galloping Goose Trail, then Atkins Avenue, to Mill Hill Regional Park (8.1 miles / 13 km one way). At Mill Hill Park, enjoy the patchwork beauty of Victoria’s many environments, including Douglas-fir forest, a Garry Oak ecosystem, and a rocky hilltop with panoramic views of the Esquimalt Harbour and Victoria area. Feeling adventurous? You can hike the trail along the eastern side of Mill Hill to connect with Thetis Lake Regional Park to make the most of your journey! Stunning views of Iron Mine Bay in East Sooke Regional Park.  Weekend Bike Trip to Sooke If you are looking to spend more time in Greater Victoria, and on the Galloping Goose Trail, venture out to Sooke for an overnight trip. From downtown Victoria, take the Galloping Goose all the way out to the Sooke area. There are a plethora of B&B’s and other accommodation options in the region — We recommend Prestige Oceanfront Resort or Sooke Harbour House, a historic inn on the ocean. The next day, explore beyond Sooke or return to downtown Victoria after a detour through East Sooke Regional Park (24.5 miles / 40 km one way).

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Experience Victoria, BC Like a Local

Victoria, BC is a vibrant city bursting with local charm and hidden gems waiting to be explored. Read on for a list of our favorite local spots that capture the essence of Victoria’s unique culture and beauty. From picturesque beaches and viewpoints to delectable eateries and cultural hotspots, Victoria has something for everyone. Whether you’re a local looking to rediscover your city or a visitor eager to experience the best of Victoria, these places will showcase the rich diversity and character that make Victoria a truly special place.   Cold Comfort Ice Cream. Credit: Cold Comfort. 1. Cold Comfort Ice Cream 1115 North Park Street | 11-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalLocated just outside of downtown Victoria in the Fernwood neighborhood, Cold Comfort Ice Cream is a beloved artisanal shop known for its inventive flavors and high-quality ingredients. From classic favorites like vanilla bean and chocolate to unique creations like lavender honey and Earl Grey, their menu caters to a wide range of palettes. With gluten and vegan options available, they have something for everyone. We recommend trying one of their homemade ice cream sandwiches, made with fresh-baked cookies and delightful ice cream flavors. Fan Tan Alley. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 2. Fan Tan Alley 50 Fan Tan Alley | 19-minute walk from Black Ball’s terminalSituated in the heart of Victoria’s Chinatown, Fan Tan Alley is known for being the narrowest commercial street in North America. It was once the main route into Victoria's Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Canada and second oldest in North America. As you walk down this narrow street you can find quaint shops selling jewelry, clothing and other knick knacks. Munro's Books. Credit: Munro's Books. 3. Munro’s Books 1108 Government Street | 13-minute walk from Black Ball’s terminalMunro’s Books stands as a literary haven and cultural landmark. Nestled in a historic building, Munro’s is known for its vast collection of books spanning various genres, from bestsellers to rare finds. The bookstore’s cozy interior, complete with wooden shelves and inviting nooks, creates an immersive and welcoming atmosphere for book lovers of all ages. Founded in 1963, Munro’s Books continues to uphold a legacy of promoting literature and fostering a deep appreciation for the written word within Victoria’s vibrant literary community. Gonzales Observatory. Credit: Gonzales Neighbourhood Association. 4. Gonzales Observatory 302 Denison Road | 13-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalA hidden gem that even some locals may not know about, the Gonzales Observatory used to be a weather station in Victoria but now is a heritage building and landmark. Perched atop Gonzales Hill, this observation point offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Depending on the time of day, you may be able to spot the MV COHO! The Ciderhouse at Sea Cider. Credit: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. 5. Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse 2487 Mount St. Michael Road | 30-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalLocated just outside of Victoria in Saanichton, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse is a picturesque cidery known for its exceptional craft ciders and stunning orchard setting. Situated on a historic farm with scenic ocean views, Sea Cider offers a unique experience for visitors to explore the cider-making process amidst lush apple orchards. The cidery’s dedication to using locally sourced, organic apples results in a range of delicious and innovative ciders, from traditional dry ciders to experimental blends infused with local flavors. With guided tours and a charming tasting room, Sea Cider provides a delightful escape into the world of artisanal cider-making. Brasserie L'Ecole. Credit: Brasserie L'Ecole. 6. Brasserie l’Ecole 1715 Government Street | 19-minute walk from Black Ball’s terminal Nestled in a historic building, Brasserie L’Ecole is a beloved eatery renowned for its authentic French cuisine and charming bistro ambiance. The menu features a delightful selection of French-inspired dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients, showcasing the chef’s skills in creating traditional flavors with a modern twist. From mouth watering steak frites to decadent seafood platters, Brasserie L’Ecole delights guests with its diverse and delicious offers, making it a must-visit destination for tourists and locals alike. They do not take reservations, so be sure to arrive at 5:30pm to put your name down on the list... Trust us, it’s worth the wait! Willows Beach. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 7. Willows Beach 2452 Esplanade | 19-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminal Situated in the Oak Bay area, Willows Beach offers stunning views of the Salish Sea and nearby islands, making it a popular spot for picnics, sunbathing, and leisurely walks along the shore. The beach is lined with lush greenery and towering willow trees, adding to its serene charm and providing shade on hot summer days. With calm waters ideal for swimming and kayaking, Willows Beach is a beloved local treasure. Macarons. Credit: Bon Macaron Patisserie. 8. Bon Macaron Patisserie 1012 Broad Street | 13-minute walk from Black Ball’s terminal Located in the heart of downtown Victoria, Bon Macaron’s charming storefront invites guests into a world of sweet indulgence. Each macaron is meticulously crafted using traditional techniques and premium ingredients, resulting in a perfect balance of delicate shells and fillings. From classics like chocolate and vanilla to unique creations like passionfruit and goat cheese, Bon Macaron’s diverse selection offers a delightful experience to all taste buds. If you’re feeling inspired, you can enroll in a macaron making workshop, where you will make 30-40 of your own macarons! For more information, check out their website. Goodside Pastry House. Credit: Goodside Pastry House. 9. Goodside Pastry House 1805 Fort Street | 13-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalGoodside Pastry House is a special treat for pastry enthusiasts, offering an exquisite range of baked goods and sweet treats. Their menu boasts a variety of options, from flaky croissants and danishes to decadent cakes and tarts. Using high-quality ingredients and expert techniques, Goodside Pastry House delivers a delightful experience for those seeking quality pastries. Be sure to arrive early, as they sell out quickly! Sunset at Island View Beach. 10. Island View Beach 3215 Island View Road | 29-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalIsland View Beach is a picturesque coastal area located in Central Saanich, just north of Victoria. This sandy beach stretches along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula and offers stunning views of Haro Strait, Mount Baker, and the Gulf Islands. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, relax on the sandy beach, or explore the tidal pools teeming with marine life. Island View Beach is also a popular spot for picnics, birdwatching, dog walks, and water activities. Habit Coffee. Credit: Habit Coffee. 11. Habit Coffee 552 Pandora Avenue | 17-minute walk from Black Ball's terminalHabit Coffee is a beloved coffee shop that's known for its exceptional coffee and cozy ambience. Founded in 2005, Habit Coffee has become a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a welcoming atmosphere and expertly crafted coffee beverages. The menu features a variety of coffee options, including espresso drinks, pour-over coffee, and cold brews, made with locally roasted beans for freshness and flavor. The cafe's rustic decor, comfortable seating, and friendly staff create a relaxed environment perfect for enjoying a morning pick-me-up or catching up with friends over a cup of coffee. Tora Tiki. Credit: Tora Tiki. 12. Tora Tiki 714 Cormorant Street | 20-minute walk from Black Ball's terminalThis exotic oasis transports guests to a Polynesian paradise with its colorful decor, bamboo accents, and tiki-inspired artwork. The menu features a wide selection of creative cocktails, including classic tiki drinks like Mai Tais and Zombies, as well as signature concoctions with tropical flavors and exotic garnishes. Tora Tiki's vibrant interior and upbeat music contributes to its fun and festive vibe, making it a popular destination for those looking to escape to a tropical getaway without leaving the city. Sample of beers from Whistle Buoy. Credit: Whistle Buoy Brewing Company. 13. Whistle Buoy Brewing Company 560 Johnson Street, Market Square Lower Courtyard #63 | 16-minute walk from Black Ball's terminalSituated in Market Square in downtown Victoria, Whistle Buoy is a prominent craft brewery known for its innovative brews and inviting taproom atmosphere. Founded by a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, Whistle Buoy focuses on producing high-quality, small-batch beers that showcase a range of styles and flavors. The brewery's taproom offers a cozy and welcoming space where patrons can sample a rotating selection of beers on tap, from hoppy IPAs and refreshing lagers to rich stouts and sour ales. With a commitment to creativity and quality, Whistle Buoy has become a favorite for beer lovers seeking unique and flavorful brews in Victoria.

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The Route

Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. It is the most direct ferry crossing between Victoria and the United States, with daily, year-round service provided.

The 90-minute, 22.59 nautical mile (42 km) trip is a scenic journey through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas.

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