Cyclists, walkers and hikers on the Galloping Goose now have a rest stop, repair shop and refuelling station at a strategic location between Victoria and Langford on the much-travelled trail.
The Nest Cafe, in a townhouse complex at the intersection of Burnside Road and Watkiss Way, is a long-awaited coffee shop for users of the Goose and local residents in the area near Victoria General Hospital.
Owned by Martin Schenk of Eagle Pacific Developments, The Nest Cafe is operated by Schenk’s daughters, general manager Katie Tilden and Jennifer Schenk, who bring experience from years working for Starbucks and other restaurants.
The Nest has bicycle racks, bike tune-up and repair facilities as well as landscaping that takes advantage of the cafe’s location. It is dog friendly and supplies fresh water and treats for pets.
Schenk is a longtime builder and developer in Greater Victoria. He built the Vantage Townhomes next to the Galloping Goose where The Nest is located.
“I designed and built The Nest to cater to the needs of those who enjoy the beauty and tranquility that the Goose has to offer,” said Schenk.
Tilden said The Nest Cafe is serving coffees, teas, juices, soups, sandwiches, paninis and desserts.
The cafe is at 2311 Watkiss Way and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June, when it will be open until 8 p.m. through the summer.