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Beaches & Lakes in Victoria, B.C.

Surrounded by ocean, it's no secret that Victoria stuns with some of the most charming and accessible beaches and lakes of the Pacific Northwest. Victoria's beaches, like the Esquimalt Lagoon, invite visitors with stunning views of the harbour, the Straight of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in Washington, all just a short stroll from Victoria's core. Picnic in the grass or enjoy the sandy beach at the Willows Beach. Not far from Downtown Victoria, families can enjoy a pleasant day along the Cordova Bay or Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, which has watersports, swimming spots and hiking.

Further outside town, the coast is lined with hidden sandy coves like the incomparable China Beach. Or you can explore rocky shores home to ancient Douglas firs and Sitka spruces and long hiking trails along the shore like at Matheson Lake. Additionally, Greater Victoria is home to numerous lakes that are perfect for swimming, water sportsboating and kayaking. Explore the gallery and listings below to find your perfect beach. 





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Bamberton Beach Provincial Park

Mill Bay Rd
Mill Bay, BC .
Bamberton Provincial Park covers an area of 28 hectares on the west side of Saanich Inlet. The warm waters are a popular destination for local salmon fishers. The 225-metre long sandy beach has also ... more

Botanical Beach Provincial Park

Juan de Fuca Trail
Port Renfrew, BC .
A two-hour drive from Victoria, Botanical Beach is part of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and the corresponding Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. Best known for the abundance of life that lives within its ... more

Cadboro-Gyro Park

Sinclair Road
Saanich, BC
Enjoy the sandy beach and views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and Olympic Peninsula. Come play on the zipline or slide down the octopus in the playground! The park name comes from Cadboro Bay and the ... more

China Beach

12287 Hwy 14
Juan de Fuca, BC .
China Beach day-use area and China Beach Campground are two of four main areas that make up Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island (the other two being the Juan ... more

Cordova Bay Beach

Cordova Bay Rd
Victoria, BC .
A short drive from Victoria, this sand and pebble beach with nearby seaside cottages and restaurants is great for exploring year-round, but an especially popular spot for swimming and sunbathing on ... more

Durrance Lake Regional Park

Durrance Road
Victoria, BC .
One of three lakes within Mount Work Regional Park, Durrance Lake is the most accessible and a favourite among families and picnickers. The water is cool and fresh for swimming. Nestled in a valley ... more

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

Patricia Bay Highway
Victoria, BC .
Elk Lake and Beaver Lake are conjoined lakes that boast four fantastic family friendly beaches. The lakes include picnic grounds, 15 kilometers of walking trails, birdwatching, windsurfing, fishing, ... more

Ella Beach

Ella Rd
Sooke, BC .
Located at the end of Ella Road in Sooke, Ella Beach is a spectacular rocky beach with many large Douglas firs and Sitka spruces dotting the shoreline. Despite its beauty, it remains a very quiet and ... more

Esquimalt Lagoon

Ocean Boulevard
Colwood, BC .
The unique geological history and physical processes of Esquimalt Lagoon have created an area rich in wildlife that is highly valued by locals and visitors to the area. This shallow lagoon is ... more

French Beach Provincial Park

West Coast Road
Juan de Fuca, BC .
Situated on the scenic Strait of Juan de Fuca on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island, French Beach Provincial Park offers beautiful hiking trails through lush forests, and a sand and pebble ... more
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