Start point: Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser Street, Victoria V9A 6H6.
Registration: This is a self-registration walk. Please ask for the walk binder at the front counter. The Recreation Centre is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. To confirm hours call 250-412-8500.
Contact: Marge 250-727-0502
There are four walks from this start point:
- Esquimalt/West Bay Walkway Route “A” (11 km). Follow the scenic West Bay Walkway through Esquimalt and over the Johnson Street Bridge to Victoria’s tiny but quaint Chinatown, then return to the start point via Point Hope Shipyard and the E & N Rail Trail. Trail rating is 2B.
- Esquimalt/E & N Rail Trail and Gorge Walkway Route “B” (11 km). This route winds through Esquimalt taking in High Rock (Cairn) Park and Gorge Park with its Japanese Tea Garden and stunning rhodendron display in spring before crossing the bridge to the Gorge Waterway Park and returning to the start point via the E & N Rail Trail. Trail rating is 2B.
- Esquimalt/Saxe Point Route “C” (10 km). Explore the lovely Saxe Point area of Esquimalt, including Fleming Beach and Macaulay Point, then return to the start via the West Bay Walkway and city streets and trails. Trail rating is 2B.
- Esquimalt/Saxe Point Route “E” (5 km). This 5 km route is a shorter alternative that still allows you to explore beautiful Saxe Point. Trail rating is 2B.