Beaver Lake & Elk Lake are often spoken of together … they’re actually 2 lakes joined together with beaches on both ends.
There is a great trail that circles both lakes if you’re feeling adventurous as well … allow about 2 hours to do the entire 10 km loop. It’s great for walking the family dog as well!
Beaver Beach, at the south end of Beaver Lake, has a shallow, sandy beach — perfect for swimming, picnicking and canoeing around the offshore islands. You can use the nearby ponds for retriever training, or the Equestrian Centre to exercise and train your horse. Both these areas are under license agreements. For group activities, consult your local retriever or equestrian clubs for access.
Elk Lake Beach
To the north, Elk Lake offers many recreational activities. At Eagle Beach, swim, picnic under the Pacific willow trees, launch your scull from the Rowing Centre or start a hike south to Beaver Lake. There is a group picnic shelter at Eagle Beach near the Elk Lake Rowing Centre.
At Hamsterly Beach, join wind surfers skimming the waters, sailors seeking a strong breeze and fishers searching for the elusive “big one.”
From West Saanich Road turn east onto Beaver Lake Road and drive 1.2km to the Filter Beds parking lot.
From Elk Lake Drive turn west onto Beaver Lake Road and drive 800m to the Filter Beds parking lot.
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!