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Sports: Victoria Area Beaches

Driftwood on the beach beside Dallas Road

Beaches in Victoria fall into two categories: for wildlife and for people. Not all the beaches are on the ocean! There are some very nice freshwater lakes in the area, including Elk, Beaver (to the north) and Thetis (to the west). For a clean sandy beach, you might try Cadboro Bay (near the University of Victoria) or Willows Beach in Oak Bay. For a more rugged beach, look beside Dallas Road (south of downtown), or by Mount Douglas or a bit further north on Cordova Bay. Here's an overview of the better beaches in the Victoria area:





Wildlife Beaches
Here are some of the best beaches close to town for observing nature at its best:

Beach

Area

Best Road Access

East of Victoria

Beacon Hill Park

Victoria

Dallas Road

Gonzales Bay

Oak Bay

Beach Drive

McNeil Bay

Oak Bay

Beach Drive

Cadboro Bay

Saanich

Cadboro Bay Rd

North of Victoria

Island View Beach

Central Saanich

Patricia Bay Hwy (17) to Island View Rd

Patricia Bay

North Saanich

Patricia Bay Hwy (17) west on Mills Rd

Tsehum Harbour

North Saanich

Patricia Bay Hwy (17) to Macdonald Park Rd

Moses Point

North Saanich

Patricia Bay Hwy (17) west on Lands End Rd

West of Victoria

Esquimalt Lagoon

Colwood

Oak Island Hwy (1A) to Ocean Blvd

Witty’s Beach and Lagoon

Metchosin

Sooke Rd (14) to Metchosin Rd

East Sooke Regional Park

Sooke

Sooke Rd (14), south on Gillespie Rd, west on East Sooke Rd

Whiffin Spit

Sooke

Sooke Rd (14) past Sooke to Wiffen Spit Rd



Willows Beach in Oak Bay

People Beaches
These beaches are ideally suited for people to enjoy the ocean sunshine. Generally, these beaches have change rooms & showers, picnic tables, even playgrounds. Please keep in mind that you are not allowed beach fires in Victoria and Esquimalt, though you may in Oak Bay, Saanich, Central Saanich and North Saanich - if you get a fire permit from the municipal fire hall.

Generally, the lake beaches don't have lifeguards, though Thetis Lake, and North end of Elk Lake do (in season).



Beach

Area

Best Road Access

East of Victoria (Map)

Gonzales Bay

Oak Bay

Beach Dr east of Victoria Golf Club

Cadboro Gyro Park

Saanich

Cadboro Bay Rd

Willows Bay

Oak Bay

Beach Drive south of Uplands Park

North of Victoria (Map)

Cordova Bay Beach

Saanich

Patricia Bay Hwy (17) to Cordova Bay Rd

Elk and Beaver Lake Park

Central Saanich

Patricia Bay Hwy (17) to Beaver lake Rd or Brookleigh Rd

Sidney Spit Marine Park

Sidney Island

Patricia Bay Hwy (17) to Sidney, then onto ferry to Sidney Island

West of Victoria (Map)

Saxe Point West

Esquimalt

Esquimalt Rd to Fraser St

Thetis Lake Park

View Royal

Island Hwy (1) to Six Mile Rd

Witty’s Beach Park

Metchosin

Sooke Rd (14) to Metchosin Rd

East Sooke Park

Sooke

Sooke Rd (14), south on Gillespie Rd, west on East Sooke Rd

Prior Lake (clothing optional beach)

View Royal

Island Hwy (1) to Six Mile Rd


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