elk lake and beaver lake trail

Elk Lake/Beaver Lake Trail

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 Lake

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

elk lake beach

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.”

  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Getting There

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.
map to Beaver/Elk Lake

Map to Beaver/Elk Lake