Elk / Beaver Lake
Reflection at Elk / Beaver Lake. Photograph by @YYJPics.
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 shoreline.
Elk / Beaver Lake. Photograph by Mike Munroe.
Hamsterly Beach on the north side is a large, car accessible sand beach that gets plenty of sunshine and is perfect for swimmers and picnickers. Beaver Beach also offers access to the lake on the south side.
The lake and surrounding wetlands attract birds such as mergansers, buffleheads, mallards, geese, and eagles, and the vegetation along the shoreline provides homes for river otter, western painted and the endangered red-eared slider turtles. The easy trail around the lake takes about 2.5 hours to complete and leads through forests of Douglas fir and western red cedar. Watch out for bald eagles and osprey hunting for fish in the lake.
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Watch the forest glide by as you swim through clean, warm waters on a hot summer’s day. Admire the wildflowers as you hike to a secluded lake, or spend a sunny afternoon with the whole family on the beach.
From fishing for trout with eagles overhead to enjoying a peaceful morning at the lake shore, the lakes of southern Vancouver Island are a fantastic way to get outside.
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