• Thetis Lake


This regional conservation area was established as Canada’s first nature sanctuary in 1958. The park offers outdoor activities in a natural setting.

Thetis Lake Victoria, BC

Thetis overview


  • Swamp and lake ecosystems for nature study
  • Delicate spring wildflowers, Garry oak ecosystems and Douglas-fir forest
  • Freshwater lakes for swimming, canoeing and fishing (lakes stocked with catchable Rainbow Trout)
  • Beaches and picnic areas

Trail Rating: Moderate to Challenging
Size: 833.68 hectares
Location: Six Mile Road in View Royal/Langford
Established: 1993
Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Things to Do

Go for a hike on the scenic trails hugging Upper and Lower Thetis lakes. For panoramic views of the lakes and surrounding hills, follow the more challenging trails up Seymour or Scafe hills. In spring, wildflowers dot the hillsides. Please help us protect this sensitive habitat by staying on designated trails and keeping pets on the trail.

Thetis Lake

The beach area of Thetis Lake is perfect for a family picnic or refreshing swim. If you have a canoe, try an early morning paddle and you may even have the lake all to yourself. **

**However … during the hot days of summer the beach can be VERY busy … mostly with the ‘younger’ crowd.  This is NOT the place for peace and quiet – at least on the beach!

Thetis–Langford Connector Trail

This 1.3-kilometre pedestrian/cycling trail allows Langford residents to access the park without travelling on busy roads or cycling on hiking trails, and connects with other cycling routes such as the Galloping Goose Regional Trail.

thetis lake trails

Thetis Lake Trails

Pay Parking in effect May 1 to Sept 30 at Thetis Lake

Pay parking at Thetis Lake Regional Parks is in effect for the summer season May 1 to September 30. Cost of parking $2.25 per day, or $20 for a season’s pass.

Directions:  Follow theTrans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Colwood exit.  Follow the Old Island Highway.  Turn right on Six Mile Road, which leads to the park entrance.  Allow approximately 20 minutes driving time from Victoria.

Note:  Thetis Lake Park is very busy during the hot summer months and pay parking is limited. Trails are a great alternative to accessing the park, as is BC Transit which has a stop approximately 1 Km from the Park entrance.


About the Author:

I've lived in Victoria over 30 years and I still can't believe how great this city really is! My husband, Bruce, and I have traveled the world but coming home to Victoria is still quite often a celebration. Together, we want to share our love of the city and the area by giving you an 'insider's' insights of where to go - what to do - and how to get there!


  1. Andrea January 26, 2019 at 9:38 am - Reply

    how many km is the main loop around lower thetis lake?

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