DURATION: 3 Hours
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy / Leisurely pace
DISTANCE: 14 km
Price: $69.00 each DURATION: 3 hours
Tour Dates: May 30th, June, 27th, July 11th, July 25th, August 15th
Includes: Bike Rental, and food samples
The Urban Sustainable Food Tour is part culinary exploration, part urban agriculture experience, and part sightseeing adventure! Brought to you in partnership with Victoria’s Food Eco District (FED), a non-profit that works to support sustainable food initiatives in Victoria’s downtown core and beyond.
During this fun and interactive afternoon, you'll get inspired about Victoria's urban food movement, and get to know some of the city's best, most sustainable local businesses.
We begin in the heart of downtown Victoria, the Food Eco District itself. We will make our way through the district to the Hudson Public Market, where we will enjoy a memorable tasting experience at Olive the Senses.
We’ll then ride through the Urban heart of Victoria, immersed in the sights and sounds of the city, with a quick stop at the Fort Common, one of our favourite community spaces. Across the street we will visit the site of the developing Urban Learning Garden, a project developed by FED as an outdoor classroom and community space to educate the public about sustainable food growth.
From there, we travel to the quaint Cook St. Village and enjoy some tasty treats while lounging in the boulevard gardens at Big Wheel Burger, Canada’s first ever carbon-neutral fast food restaurant! We leave Cook Street by way of Beacon Hill Park, Victoria’s largest and arguably most beautiful urban green space.
Towards the water and across the famed new Johnson Street Bridge, we’ll then make our way through Vic West and past Dockside Green (another of Victoria’s Eco Districts!) to the Epic Galloping Goose trail. Here we will come upon the most awe-inspiring sight on the tour, the sprawling urban farm that is Topsoil. Here, nestled between beautiful architecture yet framed by nature, we will get to know Chris Hildreth, owner of Topsoil and expert in the Urban Agriculture revolution.
Next, we continue along the Galloping Goose Trail and along the Gorge Waterway. You’ve never seen anything like the Galloping Goose, established along what was once a railroad. The best of the city and nature intersect here, and the trail is teeming with life and beauty.
Our last stop is at WholeFoods market, where we can kick back on the patio and enjoy a slice (or two) of pizza before heading back along the Goose to downtown.
Bike rental & helmet, snacks & samples at Big Wheel Burger, and light lunch at WholeFoods Market
What to Bring:
Water, sunscreen, appropriate clothes for current weather conditions.