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Durrance Lake

The largest lake in Mount Work Park, Durrance Lake is best known for the beaches that dot the northern side of its shore, and rightfully so – this is a great place to soak up some sun! The easy access to the water, parking, and washroom facilities make Durrance...

Peden Lake

Peden Lake is known as a great swimming destination and an excellent day hike for campers staying at the Sooke Potholes Campground.  Peden Lake also makes for a great rest stop for those hiking up to the summit of Mount Empress. For Peden Lake trail maps, photographs,...

Grass Lake

As one might expect, much of the shoreline around Grass Lake consists of wetlands and tall, marshy grass. Various maps show different shapes for this lake, indicating that water levels have changed its shape over time. For Grass Lake trail maps, photographs,...

Sheilds Lake

Nestled deep in the Sea to Sea Regional Park Reserve is Sheilds Lake, once known as the “Lake of the Seven Hills” after the mountains and peaks that surround it.  Leave early for your hike to get to Sheilds Lake, as time passes by quickly once you are there! For...

Kemp Lake

If you are coming from the city the first thing you will notice getting out of your vehicle at Kemp Lake is the pristine, fresh ocean air in the Sooke area – the air at Kemp Lake alone will make your trip worthwhile! For Kemp Lake trail maps, photographs, directions,...

Spectacle Lake

Found about an hour northwest of Victoria, Spectacle Lake was given its name for its shape, which resembles a pair of glasses (spectacles). The lakes unique location, ease of access and developed facilities make it a favourite stop for families between Victoria and...

Glinz Lake

Glinz Lake is found on the 1200 acre property of Camp Thunderbird, the unique outdoor branch of the YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria. For Glinz Lake trail maps, photographs, directions, and much more practical information get a copy of the Secret Lakes of Southern...

Matheson Lake

Matheson Lake is a wonderful place with a sand beach, surrounding mid-growth forest, and plenty of trails to explore nearby. It will take several visits to truly know the nature of this magical place. If you prefer being in the water rather than on the trails, swim...

Blinkhorn Lake

Quietly shimmering away in the heart of Metchosin, Blinkhorn Nature Park is an ideal place to go for a walk to get away from it all. There is an easy 40 minute stroll through a peaceful forest of Douglas fir and western red cedar surrounding this small lake. For...

Florence Lake

Hidden behind a busy intersection of the TransCanada Highway, Florence Lake is virtually unknown to both visitors and locals alike. The lake offers views and fishing year around, with swimming opportunities in the summer and a colourful display of leaves in the fall....

Glen Lake

South of Langford Lake is a haven for paddlers of all sorts.  Glen Clove Park at the south end features a small but scenic boardwalk and is a great place to watch lily pads grow from spring into the fall. The northern bank has picnic tables under Douglas fir and...

Langford Lake

At 61 hectares in size, Langford Lake is the largest of the 3 lakes found in langford. It has many access points, boardwalks, a small beach, and a boat launch that provides access for canoes, kayaks, and boats with electric motors. Langford lake is a favourite for...

Lookout Lake

Perched up high on Triangle Mountain is Lookout Lake, a local favourite for swimming, sun tanning, and shoreline fishing. The popularity of this municipal park is best evidenced by the sign at the main entrance which reads, “No Rope Swings Permitted.” For Lookout Lake...

Prior Lake

Prior Lake is a tiny paradise that has been used by naturists for as long as anyone can remember. A naturist, not to be confused with a naturalist, is a person who seeks to enjoy nature in a completely natural state – that is, without clothing. For Prior Lake trail...

Thetis Lake

Thetis Lake exemplifies the best of Victoria’s lakes for lake enthusiasts of all types. The lake with a unique shape offers it all: swimming, sunbathing, hiking, and access for non- motorized boats. The trails around the lake’s beaches, cliffs, secluded coves, and...

Eagles Lake

Eagles Lake is a hidden swimming spot that feels like it was taken straight out of a storybook.  The lake is a small, hidden classic swimming hole where if you didn’t know better you’d expect to find a swing made out of an old tire and rope hanging over the water. For...

Fork Lake

While Fork Lake isn’t ideal for swimming, it is a perfect place to connect with the natural world. In particular, pay attention to the ground on your visit to Fork Lake, where you’ll find a fascinating variety of fungi, deep mosses, and wildflowers. For Fork Lake...

Swan Lake

Swan Lake is a thriving nature sanctuary in Victoria’s suburban backyard. Not only does it boast a wide variety of plants, animals, birds, and insects, it also has great walking trails, a floating boardwalk, and an interpretive Nature House to help you explore the...

Elk / Beaver Lake

Elk/Beaver Lake is the largest lake in the Victoria area with opportunities for paddling, rowing, hiking, fishing, and swimming. The lake has excellent facilities including two sand beaches, a boat launch, a fishing platform, and a 2.5-hour accessible trail along the...

Prospect Lake

While most of the shoreline around Prospect Lake has been claimed by private residences, there are two small parks and a boat launch that provide access for the public. Boats with electric motors are permitted on the lake with speed restrictions. Rainbow trout and...

Crabapple Lake

If you are looking for a lake to enjoy an afternoon of peace, quiet, and solitude with nature, Crabapple Lake is the one. Its remote location and high altitude mean that few people venture up to see it, and if they do they’ll often head to the larger Sheilds Lake just...

Pease Lake

Largely surrounded by Douglas fir and cedar trees, Pease Lake is a quiet, little known beauty found at the fringes of Mount Work Park. Pease Lake is particularly well-suited for cyclists, as the nearest parking lot is further up Durrance Road at the entrance to the...

Killarney Lake

Tucked away on the Saanich Peninsula in Mount Work Park, Killarney Lake has two distinct sides to it and people approaching the lake from different directions will see two very different lakes. For Killarney Lake trail maps, photographs, directions, and much more...

Heal Lake

Heal Lake is a ghost.  It was drained by the Capital Regional District in 1991 to make additional space for the Hartland Regional Landfill. What do you think you’d find at the bottom of a drained lake that was formed by a glacier thousands of years ago? Believe it or...

Quarantine Lake

North of Becher Bay and south east of Mount Matheson is the small, little-known Quarantine Lake. While the lake is quite close to Matheson Lake as the crow flies, it is relatively unknown because it falls within the Beecher Bay Indian Reserve, and there is no access...