Seeing things from a different angle

Back alley walks provide a unique perspective on Oak Bay

Gordon Wong

Gordon Wong

Those looking to take the path less travelled have a great chance to do just that, as a popular Oak Bay walking tour returns to the community.

Tomorrow (June 23) the Mayor’s Oak Bay Back Alley Walks, one of which is guided by Mayor Christopher Causton, offer scenic and historic tours of some of the municipality’s hidden trails and secret paths.

The event features five-kilometre and 10K distances and is put on by the Victoria ‘Y’ Volkssport Club. It has grown in popularity since it began in 1993, with well over 100 walkers of all ages taking part each year.

Judy Haynes, one of its organizers, says the walk shows people a side of their community they don’t often see.

“It goes around through the back alleys of Oak Bay and every year it’s different,” she said. “You can see nice gardens and little connecting trails that people don’t know about.”

It’s also a chance for participants to get to know Causton a little better. The mayor first led the walk in 2006, and enjoyed it so much he’s returned every year since.

“It’s wonderful. You can literally walk from one end of the municipality to the other using only back alleys,” he said. “And it’s a great opportunity to share the community with literally hundreds of people.”

Causton will lead the 10K walk, but the groups walk together for the first part of the event, so those traveling the shorter distance won’t miss hearing Causton talk about some of the sights along the route.

“I just try and make it interesting and tell a few stories and hopefully make people laugh a bit,” he said.

Registration is between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the Oak Bay Rec Centre. The event is free for community walkers and $2 for Volkssport members. Coffee and cookies will be provided in the Sports View Deli, Bar and Grill at the rec centre beforehand. Walkers will head out at 6 p.m.

For more information about the walk, call Judy Haynes at 250-385-8519. If you’re interested in the Volkssport club, check them out on the web at www.letswalkinvictoria.ca.

editor@oakbaynews.com

Just Posted

The Capital Regional District has approved its plan that aims to reduce its total waste by about a third by 2030. (Black Press Media file photo)
CRD board approves plan aimed at cutting waste by a third by 2030

Solid Waste Management Plan to start tackling Greater Victoria’s largest waste sources

Comedy balloon artist Mike Dada of Sidney hands two-year-old Mila Yiau a balloon flower as she holds the hand of her mother Hannah Liao at Sunday’s street market in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney Street Market parks in temporary location for 2021

Market open Sundays at Mary Winspear parking through Oct. 10

The Oak Bay fire training tower came down May 10 after it was previously deemed not up to standard for modern training use. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Condemned fire training tower comes down in Oak Bay

Infrastructure taken down won’t hamper firefighter training

New changes are being proposed to four streets in James Bay to allow better access for cyclists. Residents have until June 11 to provide feedback. (Black Press Media file photo)
New revisions to James Bay bike lanes open for feedback

Routes on Government and Montreal streets planned for 2022

An elderly man having a medical emergency in Mount Douglas Park on May 13 was rescued by firefighters and paramedics with the help of ATVs. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Rescue team uses ATVs get man in medical distress out of Saanich park and to hospital

Cedarhill Road closed as firefighters, paramedics rescue man in Mount Douglas Park

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of May 11

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking on a remote forest road in Naramata on May 10. (Submitted)
Kamloops brothers identified as pair found dead near Penticton

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking

Municipal governments around B.C. have emergency authority to conduct meetings online, use mail voting and spend reserve funds on operation expenses. (Penticton Western News)
Online council meetings, mail-in voting option to be extended in B.C.

Proposed law makes municipal COVID-19 exceptions permanent

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
British Columbians aged 20+ can book for vaccine Saturday, those 18+ on Sunday

‘We are also actively working to to incorporate the ages 12 to 17 into our immunization program’

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clotting after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

Canada’s demo Hornet soars over the Strait of Georgia near Comox. The F-18 demo team is returning to the Valley for their annual spring training. Photo by Sgt. Robert Bottrill/DND
F-18 flight demo team returning to Vancouver Island for spring training

The team will be in the Comox Valley area from May 16 to 24

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Bow-legged bear returns to Ladysmith, has an appointment with the vet

Brown Drive Park closed as conservation officers search for her after she returned from relocation

Most Read