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5 Awesome lakes for families

Gordon Bay Provincial Park at Lake Cowichan. Photograph by Adam Ungstad.

An afternoon picnic at the lake is a great way to spend time with the family.

From enjoying shallow waters and a beach on a sunny afternoon to fishing off a pier in the morning or simply going for a stroll in a new place as a family, a lake is a great place to spend time with the kids

Fortunately there are many lakes in the greater Victoria area that are great places to take the kids for an afternoon picnic or a swim.

Here are five of our favourite places to spend an afternoon with the family:


Ian Gillespie Island in Metchosin's Matheson Lake.

Ian Gillespie Island in Metchosin’s Matheson Lake.

Matheson Lake

Found in Metchosin, Matheson Lake has good parking, a wide sand beach, and washroom facilities making it a favourite for many families.

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Lookout Lake in Colwood, BC.

Lookout Lake in Colwood, BC.

Lookout Lake

Colwood’s Lookout Lake is close to town and has a wide beach area that makes it easy to spread out and watch the kids play.

For more information on Lookout Lake get the Secret Lakes Guidebook →


The beach at Spectacle Lake, BC.

The beach at Spectacle Lake, BC.

Spectacle Lake

Ample parking, a sandy beach, washrooms and picnic tables. An easy two kilometre trail circles the lake. It is a great place to stop en route to Nanaimo.

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Boardwalk at Swan Lake in Victoria, BC.

Boardwalk at Swan Lake in Victoria, BC.

Swan Lake

The Nature House at Swan lake is not to be overlooked.  On a casual visit expect to see live critters such as turtles in the aquariums and be sure to sign up for weekly programming for kids of all ages.

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The beach at Eagles Lake in the Highlands near Victoria, BC.

The beach at Eagles Lake in the Highlands near Victoria, BC.

Eagles Lake

The sand beach at this small lake is ideal for family picnics on a warm summer afternoon.  It also features a unique outhouse with a composting toilet.

For information on Eagles Lake get the Secret Lakes Guidebook →


With the full Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island Guidebook you’ll know where to find parking, washrooms, beaches, playgrounds, picnic tables, even whether the trails are accessible for strollers.

 


About the book:

With 152 pages packed with maps, directions, quick reference and Top Ten lists, the full book covers 25 lakes in Victoria, Sooke and Saanich with detailed information on:


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