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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.

Glen Lake

Fishing pier at Glen Lake in Langford, BC.

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 willow trees, as well as an accessible viewpoint that juts out a ways from the shore, doubling as fishing platform.

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 fishing, offering good sized rainbow trout, small-mouth bass, cutthroat, and perch.  The lake has an aeration system  and is stocked with Cutthroat trout each year. The

Thetis Lake

A quiet afternoon at Killarney 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 surrounding forests offer an opportunity to connect with nature in its finest form. From an ecological perspective, Thetis Lake is surrounded by mid-growth hemlock, cedar, arbutus, and Douglas

Fork Lake

Abandoned car on Corry Road near Fork Lake in the Highlands, Victoria, BC.

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

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. 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