Victoria, BC Bliss: The Top 10 Lakes and Beaches You Can't Miss

One of the most beautiful cities in Canada, Victoria is blessed with many great beaches. You don’t have to drive far to find a pretty lake either.

There’s nothing quite like lazing about on the beautiful beaches in Victoria, BC, in summer – soaking up the warmth of the sun and cooling off your toes or swimming.

So when it’s hot outside, an outing to a freshwater lake or beach is one of the best things to do in Victoria in the summer.

West Shawnigan Lake Park

Shawnigan Lake is a pretty summer vacation spot about a 45-minute drive from Victoria. There are three lakeside parks with beaches.



Gonzales Beach

Gonzales Beach hugs the shore of a smaller bay in a residential neighborhood of Victoria and has lovely south-facing views of the Olympic Mountains across the Juan de Fuca Strait.


Sooke Potholes Regional Park

They’re a series of deep freshwater pools, created by the flow of water pooling around enormous polished boulders in the Sooke River.


Willows Beach

This is a long sandy beach has a huge grass area with plenty of trees for shade along with a tiny, plain-but-charming tea room run by the Kiwanis Club.


Thetis Lake

Canada’s first nature sanctuary. Scenic walking and hiking trails weave through the forest around the lakes, and there are also picnic areas.

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