The Colquitz River Trail is perhaps one of Saanich’s least-known public trails.
Starting roughly at the western corner of Interurban Road and Burnside Road West, Colquitz River Trail was envisioned as early as 1967 and was one of the municipality’s first efforts to protect urban streams. The waterway, alternatively referred to as a river or creek, flows from the south end of Beaver Lake to eventually discharge into Portage Inlet at Cuthbert Holmes Park.
“The idea is that the trail will eventually end up at Beaver Lake,” said Mike Goldsworthy, a park planner with the District of Saanich. “When fully built, the trial will run nine kilometres, from the Gorge walkway at Dysart.”
The municipality acquires land as it becomes available, so the vision may take another 20 years to complete, Goldsworthy said.
People can walk, run or cycle five kilometres north on the trail until it connects with the Royal Oak Trail at Brydon Park, at the south end of Royal Oak Shopping Centre.