Victoria, BC, Canada
The Gorge Waterway (city walk, park)Victorians love to walk. They love to walk by the ocean even more.
One of the more unique wanders you can take is from downtown's Old Town and along the Gorge, a narrow, protected inlet the city is built around.
Take the Johnson Street Bridge (aka the Blue Bridge) from the foot of Johnson St downtown and turn right onto the Galloping Goose trail. This runs along the west side of the Gorge. You'll start at a small shipyard and then pass funky, sustainable condos, and native plants (grasses, wild roses) next to the water.
You'll see a real slice of life in Victoria - historic buildings across the harbour, new green design, people rowing and dragonboating and kayaking, tugboats and sailboats at docks, people cycling and walking.
Nip up the steps to the fabulous coffee and baked goods at Fol Epi part way along, or keep walking and cross the wonderful wooden trestle bridge called the Selkirk Trestle.
Here you can veer right and enjoy wetland restoration and habitat for great blue herons and purple martins, pass the Gorge Rowing Club and arrive at the beautiful west facing patio of Glo Europub. Or you can keep walking along the Galloping Goose until you feel like turning around.
This is a delightful and stimulating walk that is almost completely flat but never the same.