One of the most popular recreational activities is walking, and, lucky for us, Central Saanich has an extensive network of park trails, including Brentwood walkway system to the secluded woodland trails.
Gowland Tod Provincial Park is located on the east side of Saanich Inlet and offers access to three parks: Tod Inlet, Mackenzie Bight and Caleb Pike.The Tod Inlet access is located near Brentwood Bay, off Wallace Drive; Mackenzie Bight access is located off Rossdurrance Road, off Willis Point Road; the Caleb Pike access is on Caleb Pike Road, off Millstream Road near Langford. Gowlland Tod Park can also be accessed by boat via Tod Inlet. This park has more than 25 km of hiking trails, including multi-use trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
Lochside Regional Trail follows the roadbed of the old CN Railway, roughly parallel to Highway 17, and passes through Central Saanich, North Saanich, Saanich ,and Sidney and all the way to Victoria. Much of the Central Saanich portion of the trails are through open farmland, and it has various points of interest, including a family of pigs, a model airplane field, a dog training facility, active farm areas, and a farm market. You can walk, cycle, run, or even ride a horse through the rural sections.
Browns’ Wood Trail begins at 8069 Thomson Place and provides an east-west connection between the Thunderbird Trail (also known as the Gail Wicken’s Trail) and Thomson Place, on the southern slopes of Mount Newton. Winding through one of the most pristine forested landscapes in the community, it is now possible to hike (almost) entirely off-road between Butterfield Park and John Dean Provincial Park. It was Central Saanich residents Dorothy and Bill Brown’s fervent wish that future generations enjoy the exceptional beauty of their land, which led them to donating the public trail corridor through their property.
Heritage Walk is a walking tour through the Mt. Newton valley that passes a number of historical sites. From the Prairie Inn to the west end of Mt. Newton Cross Road, the walk is almost four kilometres (or 2.5 miles one way) and is mostly on a pedestrian path.