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 afternoon with the whole family. Private residences border much of the lake but there are several other access points, each with their own unique character and setting. Cyclists using the Galloping Goose Regional Trail will pass by a second pier on the lake’s southeast corner. The forested Glen Cove Park offers a floating boardwalk along the Cy Jenkins Trail, and the much smaller and largely unknown Monnington Park offers a small wooden dock.
In the right season, bird watchers can expect to see chipping sparrows, hairy woodpeckers, belted kingfishers, northern flickers, and rufous hummingbirds at Glen Lake.
Creeks & Watershed
Glen Lake is one of two major lakes in the Colwood Creek Watershed. It is known as an ice kettle lake, as it was formed from a chunk of ice left behind from a melting glacier. Water from the Humpback Reservoir arrives at Glen Lake via Parkdale Creek. Colwood Creek then leads from Glen Lake, passes through Colwood Lake, and eventually empties into the Esquimalt Lagoon at the base of Royal Roads University.
Glen Lake was largely unknown to anyone but locals until the opening of the Galloping Goose Railway encouraged landowners to subdivide their properties for summer cottages. The railroad has since been transformed into the much-loved Galloping Goose Regional Trail, part of a network that stretches from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal to Sooke.
For trail maps, access information, and much more, get your copy of the Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook.