Durrance Lake

    Durrance Lake is one of the best places to soak up sun, swim, fish, and enjoy a lake atmosphere in the Victoria area. Carry-in boats are welcome, a walking trail circles the lake, and plenty of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking are close by....

Peden Lake

    Peden Lake has long been a favourite day destination for hikers, swimmers, and naturalists. It is most commonly accessed via the Peden Lake Trail, which leads through an impressive second-growth forest parallel to the Mary Vine Creek and offers a stop at...

Grass Lake

    As one might expect, parts of the shoreline around Grass Lake consist of tall grasses emerging from marshy wetlands. If you are visiting in summer, expect to find stunning water lilies of many shades along the edges of the shoreline. The Lakes Connector...

Sheilds Lake

    Located south of Empress Mountain, Sheilds Lake has long been a favourite for outdoor enthusiasts and is a stunning place to spend an afternoon. You’ll want to leave early for the hike to get there so you can admire the ferns, wildflowers, Manzanita...

Kemp Lake

    The first thing people notice when arriving at Kemp Lake is the pristine, fresh ocean air in the Sooke area. The air at Kemp Lake alone will make your trip worthwhile! A short drive from Sooke, Kemp Lake is ideal for canoes and kayaks. Bring your fishing...

Spectacle Lake

    Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is cooperatively managed by the Province of BC and the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Bring your binoculars and camera when you visit, as this is a scenic place with a trail that leads through numerous ecosystems to...

Matheson Lake

    Referred to as a “precious jewel” in a 1979 edition of the Victoria Times, Matheson Lake is a wonderful place found at the base of a steep coastal mountain, surrounded by mid-growth forest with plenty of trails to explore nearby. With easy access from...

Blinkhorn Lake

    Quietly shimmering away in the heart of Metchosin, Blinkhorn Lake Nature Park is an ideal place for a quiet stroll to admire the surrounding forest. There are no developed facilities such as picnic tables or benches, and likewise no beach at the lake,...

Florence Lake

    Well-hidden behind a busy intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway, Florence Lake is virtually unknown to both visitors and locals alike, although many locals will drive by it every day. Florence Lake is a great place for an easy stroll with calming...

Glen Lake

    An urban haven, Glen Lake has a sunny beach, an accessible playground, several piers, a floating boardwalk, and even a space set aside for dogs to enjoy the water. The main attraction is Glen Lake Beach Park, which has everything you need to enjoy an...

Langford Lake

    At 61 hectares in size, Langford Lake is one of the larger lakes in the Victoria area. It has many facilities and a variety of access points for great swimming and fishing opportunities. A boat launch on Landing Lane ensures access for kayaks, canoes,...

Lookout Lake

    Perched high on Triangle Mountain is Lookout Lake Park, a local favourite for swimming, picnics, and shoreline fishing. The popularity of this small municipal park is best evidenced by a sign at the Batting Place park entrance that reads “No Rope Swings...

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. The...

Thetis Lake

    From secluded coves along the shoreline to clifftop views and magnificent surrounding forest, Thetis Lake has it all. It is an ideal place to paddle and a great destination for cyclists. Thetis Lake exemplifies the best of Victoria’s lakes for lake...

Eagles Lake

    Eagles Lake is a small, hidden swimming hole. If you didn’t know better, you’d expect to find a rope swing with a tire at the end hanging over the water. The lake is surrounded by cedar with an undergrowth of salal and Himalayan blackberries, providing...

Fork Lake

    Known as a habitat for owls, eagles, frogs, newts, deer, woodpeckers, and many other locals, Fork Lake is the perfect place for people of all ages and abilities to connect with the natural world. The lake is mostly surrounded by private land and...

Swan Lake

    Swan Lake is nestled inside a thriving nature sanctuary in Victoria’s suburban backyard, known as the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. The nature house is an asset to the community, a living classroom that provides opportunities to discover and...

Elk / Beaver Lake

    Elk/Beaver Lake is often a visitor’s first impression of Vancouver Island as they glimpse its sparkling blue waters from the Patricia Bay Highway. With sand beaches, playgrounds, a boat launch, a fishing pier, an equestrian centre, a nature house, and a...

Prospect Lake

    Prospect Lake is a recreational treasure in the heart of rural Saanich. While most of the shoreline has been claimed by private residences, three parks provide access to the water, as well as a launch for boat trailers. On the north (sunny) end is...

Crabapple Lake

    Crabapple Lake is a quiet beauty, deep in the heart of the Sea to Sea Regional Park. Expect pink water lilies in the summer and a bit of calm at this small, hike-in lake. Its relatively remote location and the three-hour uphill hike needed to get there...

Pease Lake

    Surrounded by Douglas fir and cedar trees, Pease Lake is a quiet, little-known beauty found in the District of Highlands, in the fringes of Mount Work Regional Park. While most of Pease Lake is within park boundaries, the lake has been left largely...

Killarney Lake

    Killarney Lake has two distinct sides, and people approaching the lake from different directions will see two very different lakes. Approaching from the south by the trail at the end of Meadowbrook Road is a unique, almost fairy-tale experience. The...