Walking

Walking is a great way to get around Victoria.

The City continues to invest in pedestrian-focused improvements to make all City Streets safer and more enjoyable.

The City’s Official Community Plan prioritizes pedestrians over all other travel modes. Each year the City continues to focus on improvements that make our streets safer and more enjoyable for walking.

Annual investments include new sidewalk construction, replacement and widening of existing sidewalks, new crosswalks, crosswalk safety upgrades, public seating, as well as changes to improve the built environment for people with disabilities. These investments advance priorities of the Official Community Plan, Climate Leadership Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, and GOVictoria – the City’s Mobility Strategy. 

The City has more than 466 kms of sidewalks – they connect neighbourhoods and key destinations for Victoria’s residents and visitors. A variety of trails and pathways also provide great opportunities for pedestrians to explore the City. For more information on walking in Victoria, including some great pedestrian amenities, explore the sections below.

Beacon Hill Park

Dallas Rd Waterfront Pathway

E&N Regional Trail

Galloping Goose Regional Trail

Songhees Walkway*

Harbour Pathway

*Note: Construction on expanding Songhees Park began in January 2022. During construction, a small portion of the Songhees Walkway towards the south side of the Johnson St Bridge will be closed. Pedestrian access on the Bridge will be maintained via Esquimalt Road and the multi-use pathway that connects to Kimta Road.

For more information about the project, contact parks@victoria.ca

Additional Links

Report Sidewalk
Maintenance Issue

Pedestrian Accessibility

 

Learn more about pedestrian scramble crosswalks:

Warmer weather means busier neighbourhood bikeways and multi-use pathways. When walking, remember to:

  • Be mindful of other riders, drivers, and people with disabilities using sidewalks
  • Be seen- remember to light up at night
  • Use painted crosswalks when available. Remember that elephant’s feet crossings (those dotted rather than striped) are shared with cyclists, who do not need to dismount
  • Plan for poor weather or low light conditions
  • When walking on multi-use pathways, keep right except to pass
  • When walking with tots, hold hands as you cross intersections
  • If with a pet, keep the leash close to you

Did you know neighbourhood bikeways and multi- use pathways are great routes for walking, with slower speeds, traffic calming, and comfortable crossings for pedestrians and cyclists? Learn more about these routes within the All Ages and Abilities Cycling Network and tips for everyone.