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Dogs

Below are the best lakes for dogs in the Victoria and southern Vancouver Island area. For full-sized maps, directions, and detailed information on walking trails, parking, facilities and pet restrictions get your copy of Secret Lakes.


Kemp Lake

Paddling at Kemp Lake in Sooke BC. Photograph by Adam Ungstad

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, and much more practical information get a copy of the Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island Guidebook. In the full

Spectacle Lake

The beach at Spectacle Lake, BC.

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 Nanaimo. There are picnic tables close to the parking lot, and an easy 2-kilometre, well-maintained hiking trail circles the lake. Expect to find mature forest and wetlands,

Matheson Lake

Swimmers at 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 from the main beach out to Ian Gillespie Island. This small island offers plenty of space to lie down and soak up the

Blinkhorn Lake

Blinkhorn Lake in Metchosin, BC. Photograph by Adam Ungstad.

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 Blinkhorn Lake trail maps, photographs, directions, and much more practical information get a copy of the Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver

Florence Lake

Florence Lake in Langford, BC.

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. For Florence Lake trail maps, photographs, directions, and much more practical information get a copy of the Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island Guidebook. In the full