The Beating Heart of the Victoria Mountain Biking Community.
For outsiders, biking at « The Dump » might sound as unappealing as mountain biking can get. But for Victoria locals, a post-work ride at the Hartland trails makes for a great way to unwind after a day at the office. Located half an hour away from downtown Victoria, the Hartland area provides countless combinations of blue and black singletrack trails that are perfect for a quick in-and-out or for more extended sessions.
Neighbouring the Hartland Landfill -which explains the nickname and the abundance of croaking ravens- the trails meander through a forest of arbutus and Douglas fir and offer fun, technical riding for intermediate to advanced riders. Most of the park’s green trails are shaded, unintimidating doubletrack mildly seasoned with a few significant inclines, while blue and black single track trails offer plenty of opportunities for skill building with numerous roots, rocks and jumps punctuating both climbs and descents.
The trails at Hartland are not as flowy as some other BC biking locations, so be prepared for relatively technical terrain. If you are a beginner, this might not be the best place to start.
Riders are drawn to the park by amenities rarely associated with waste disposal. This includes ample parking, heated washrooms and a washing station, as well as a great skills building park at the main trailhead. The South Island Mountain Bike Society takes pride in maintaining and improving the trails regularly.
At a certain point in time, Hartland’s trails linked up with the nearby Durrance Lake and Mount Work trail network, serving up the potential for day-long epics. However, frictions with the Capital Regional District, that manages the area, have made their use controversial in the recent past.