Esquimalt Lagoon

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    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 enclosed by sand and gravel barrier spit, and is connected to the ocean with a tidal channel at the northeast end. The lagoon is bordered by some of the oldest Coastal Douglas Fir forest remaining in the Victoria area.

    As a stop for many migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway, the Esquimalt Lagoon is a federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary, as such it is a fantastic place for birdwatchers to discover the unique avian species that come through the area. Don’t forget your camera, the Lagoons one-of-a-kind ecology makes for a great backdrop while capturing images of your favourite birds.

    Esquimalt Lagoon has played an important role in the region’s First Nations for centuries. Please be respectful of the ecology and wildlife while you visit this iconic Victoria beach. Please ensure to pack out any garbage you may bring in to the park.

    Beneath the surface lies six hectares of kelp beds that line the bottom of the Esquimalt Lagoon.

    For more information, please email Tourism Victoria’s Visitor Centre at [email protected], or phone 250-953-2033 or toll-free 800-663-3883.

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    Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.