PARKS IN AND AROUND VICTORIA, BC

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Victoria, BC is known as ‘The City of Gardens’ but we also have an almost endless amount of parks as well.  City parks usually offer picnic areas and playgrounds for the kids – some have beaches as well!  Some are more suited to hiking, walking and taking in some great views!  Check these out and plan your visit!

CITY PARKS

Playgrounds, beaches, picnic areas … take your pick!  Victoria has them all!

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MAP OF CITY PARK LOCATIONS

If you'd like to find a park or playground close to you in Victoria ... here's a map.  Just click on the location marker and then click the link to the details page!

  • Fisherman's Wharf Victoria, BC

FISHERMAN’S WHARF

Fisherman’s Wharf Park [4 ½ acres] Overlooking the wharf and on the new Harbour Pathway, the park is at Erie and St. Lawrence. A rehabilitated land project, this newly formed park today boasts a rain

  • Topaz Park in Victoria, BC

TOPAZ PARK

Topaz Park is located in the Hillside Quadra neighbourhood between Topaz Avenue and Finlayson Street, along Blanshard Street. It is Victoria's third largest park and includes a variety of sport and community features, including an artificial turf field and

  • Beckwith Park, Victoria, BC

BECKWITH WATER PARK

Beckwith Park has many features for the whole family. You can spend the day: Having a picnic. Splashing in the spray park. Playing on the accessible playground. Exploring the trails around Beckwith Pond. This popular

  • outerbridge park victoria visitor in victoria

OUTERBRIDGE PARK

Outerbridge park, Victoria BC - small in area but big on beauty! This park is new to me ... what a find!  These photos were taken in early spring (well ... winter for us in

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MACAULAY POINT PARK

A hidden gem of a park that even most locals don't know about is Macaulay Point Park in the community of Esquimalt (Esk-kwi-malt) which is only a short drive from downtown Victoria. Indeed it's so

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SWAN LAKE CHRISTMAS HILL NATURE SANCTUARY

Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary This park consists of two distinct areas:  marshy lowlands surrounding Swan Lake; and the rocky, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. The 12,000 year-old-lake is a rich habitat for a variety

  • Carnavon Park

CARNAVON PARK

Carnavon Park A developed sports park (3.97 hectares), surrounded by residential housing, with playing fields for rugby, soccer, ball diamonds with score/concession building, tennis courts, tennis backboard, and lacrosse box, with washrooms and change rooms. 

  • Centennial Park

CENTENNIAL PARK

Centennial Park is one of Langford's best 'all ages' park.  Located 1/2 way between downtown and Langford Lake, Centennial Park is the perfect place for a baseball game or gathering. There are 4 baseball diamonds,

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CITY CENTRE PARK

Fun for the whole family! Location:  1089 Langford Parkway, Langford, BC City Centre Park is Langford’s “everything” active entertainment zone, designed and coordinated by the City’s own Parks Department. The Eagle Ridge Community Centre, built

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WILLOWS BEACH

Willows Beach A developed waterfront park (1.17 hectare) with large grassed area, change rooms and washrooms, concession and tea room, picnic tables, benches, children’s play area, sandy beach, esplanade and walkway. This scenic developed waterfront

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GYRO PARK

Cadboro-Gyro Park Cadboro-Gyro Park is designated a Community Park with a unique and substantial waterfront that appeals to residents throughout the region. The park is within easy walking distance of Cadboro Bay Village and the University

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BEACON HILL PARK

Victoria is a city of parks.  We have literally dozens of them!  One of the most popular parks is right downtown and has something for everyone - Beacon Hill Park. February in Beacon Hill

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ESQUIMALT GORGE PARK

Not far from downtown Victoria is the community of Esquimalt where you'll find the lovely and tranquil Esquimalt Gorge Park. Shady Spot for a Picnic! Esquimalt Gorge Park was first established as BC

REGIONAL PARKS AND PROVINCIAL PARKS

Some of these also include beaches, picnic areas and playgrounds … but are also usually more of a hiking, walking or camping experience.  All have trails, some easy – some more difficult – some with stunning views as the prize at the end of the trail.  I strongly urge you to try at least one (or more!)!

  • John Dean Provincial Park, Victoria, BC, Visitor in Victoria

JOHN DEAN PROVINCIAL PARK

John Dean Park is situated on top of Mount Newton which overlooks the pastoral Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains. It protects one of the last stands of old-growth Douglas fir and

  • Coles Bay Regional Park, Victoria, BC, Visitor in Victoria, Parks in Victoria

COLES BAY REGIONAL PARK

A small park in a quiet neighborhood leading down to the Saanich Inlet - that's Coles Bay Regional Park! At just under 9 acres, this park is the perfect place for a short stroll, or

  • Dominion Brook Park Sign, Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria

DOMINION BROOK PARK

Dominion Brook Park is located in North Saanich, close to the airport on East Saanich Road, across the street from the Panorama Rec. Centre.  (See map below for address and location) It's not a

  • Horth Hill Park, Victoria, BC, Visitor in Victoria

HORTH HILL REGIONAL PARK

After moving to Central Saanich recently I've enjoyed searching out new parks to walk and hike in the area. Today we explored a small-ish park (about 36 hectares/90 acres) in North Saanich called Horth

  • Mt. Work Regional Park, Victoria BC

MT. WORK REGIONAL PARK

Mount Work is one of the largest regional parks, and is the dominant hill on the horizon from many vantage points in Saanich, Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. This popular recreation spot offers a variety

  • Sooke Potholes, BC

SOOKE POTHOLES PARKS

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park provides access to the series of deep, polished rock pools and potholes carved naturally into the bedrock of the Sooke River. This area is a favourite day-use destination for many local

  • Mt. Wells Regional Park, Victoria, BC

MOUNT WELLS REGIONAL PARK

Mount Wells is a 123-hectare wilderness park of second growth forest and fragile mossy rock outcrops with spectacular views of the region and stunning spring wildflowers. It is located on the edge of an immense

  • Bear Hill Regional Park, Victoria, BC

BEAR HILL REGIONAL PARK

Bear Hill covers nearly 49 hectares of hilltop (220m) landscape, with some of the oldest rock on Vancouver Island and gentle forest trails. Features A profusion of wildflowers in the spring Mixed woodland of western

  • Albert Head Lagoon Regional Park looking towards the Olympic Peninsula Visitor in Victoria, YYJ

ALBERT HEAD LAGOON REGIONAL PARK

This small lagoon serves as a wildlife sanctuary and refuge for a variety of birds. Features A protected lagoon that attracts local ducks, geese and swans, as well as many varieties of migrating birds A

  • Lone Tree Hill Regional Park, Victoria, BC

LONE TREE HILL REGIONAL PARK

From the summit (364 m) of this small park, enjoy views of the Malahat, the Highlands, Victoria and the distant Olympic Mountains. Features Rare and beautiful plants nestled in steep, dry rock faces Bald eagles,

  • Mill Hill Regional Park in Victoria, BC

MILL HILL REGIONAL PARK

A little-known oasis of nature, this park exemplifies the exquisite beauty and ecological wealth of our region. Walk through cool woodland and climb to the summit (203m) for spectacular views. Features Delicate wildflowers and arbutus,

  • Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew, BC Visitor in Victoria

JUAN DE FUCA PROVINCIAL PARK – BOTANICAL BEACH

When visiting Victoria, a really nice day trip is out to Port Renfrew - there you'll find a wonderful place to explore at low tide - Botanical Beach.  Click HERE for a link to tide

  • Mt. Doug Summit Victoria BC Linda Holland Visitor in Victoria

5 BEST OVERVIEWS OF VICTORIA

Victoria is a beautiful place and walking or driving around can certainly give you a flavor of the city.  But sometimes it's nice to get up high and get a larger view!  Here's some spots

  • Gonzales Hill Regional Park Victoria BC Visitor in Victoria

GONZALES HILL REGIONAL PARK

Gonzales Hill Regional Park is a true gem with breathtaking views! Enjoy the views from this protected natural landscape in the heart of the city. Features Unparalleled views of Victoria, Juan de Fuca Strait, the

  • Pebble Beach at Devonian Regional Park Victoria, BC Visitor in Victoria

DEVONIAN REGIONAL PARK

Devonian Park Entrance and parking lot This great - tho small - park is about a 40-minute drive from Victoria and well worth it! Features include a gentle walking trail through mixed woodland

  • Matheson Lake

MATHESON LAKE REGIONAL PARK

Matheson Lake On a hot summer day, Matheson Lake is a perfect place to enjoy a refreshing dip and a picnic at the sandy beach area.  It's quite small, but nice. In any season, hikers

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FRANCIS/KING REGIONAL PARK

This park is an ideal place for visitors of all abilities to explore nature. Features Eleven kilometres of gentle woodland trails Spring wildflower meadows A nature centre and meeting room The Elsie King Trail, a

  • Beaver Lake

ELK LAKE/BEAVER LAKE REGIONAL PARK

Elk Lake and Beaver Lake are 2 'conjoined' lakes located just off the Pat Bay Hwy. in Saanich.  (See map below) This is one of my favorite walks.  You can walk completely around the 2

  • Island View Beach

ISLAND VIEW BEACH REGIONAL PARK

Island View Beach Regional Park/RV Park & Campground This park offers an expansive beach along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula, and excellent bird watching. Features long, sandy beach for exploring, picnicking and swimming

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GOLDSTREAM PROVINCIAL PARK

Massive trees, majestic waterfalls, a meandering river that meets the sea, flowers, birds and fascinating fish are but a few of the attractions that draw people to Goldstream Provincial Park, a mere 16 km from

  • Thetis Lake

THETIS LAKE REGIONAL PARK

This regional conservation area was established as Canada's first nature sanctuary in 1958. The park offers outdoor activities in a natural setting. Thetis overview  Features Swamp and lake ecosystems for nature study Delicate

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WITTY’S LAGOON REGIONAL PARK

Just a bit out of town ... located in the community of Metchosin ... is a beautiful gem of a park called Witty's Lagoon. Explore and Discover Beach at Witty's Lagoon Begin your

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GOWLLAND TOD PROVINCIAL PARK

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park View from Gowlland Tod Trail provides excellent day-use recreation opportunities for hiking, nature appreciation and picnicking. More than 25 kilometres of trails, varying in degree of difficulty, offer spectacular

  • East Sooke Park

EAST SOOKE REGIONAL PARK, SOOKE, BC

East Sooke Park If you want to have a true 'west coast' experience - without going too far away from civilization, nothing beats East Sooke Park! East Sooke is the largest CRD Park, encompassing 1422

BAMBERTON PROVINCIAL PARK

Outside of Victoria - about 45 km N - off Hwy #1 Overview of Bamberton For years the warm waters surrounding Vancouver Island’s Mill Bay have been a popular destination for local salmon

  • Jordan River Campground

JORDAN RIVER REGIONAL PARK

Campsites at Jordan River If you want to camp directly on a beach, this might just be the place.  It's not big, it's not fancy ... but it's right on the beach.  It's

  • French Beach Sign

FRENCH BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK

Situated on the scenic Strait of Juan de Fuca on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island, French Beach Provincial Park offers much more than just beautiful hiking trails through lush forests. A wide swatch

ROCHE COVE REGIONAL PARK

Roche Cove Regional Park Hike along a cool creek at midday or paddle still waters in early morning light at this serene 163-hectare park. You’ll find a secluded cove, ocean views and lush vegetation, including

  • China Beach Sign

JUAN DE FUCA PROVINCIAL PARK – CHINA BEACH

About This Park Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island offers scenic beauty, spectacular hiking, marine and wildlife viewing and roaring surf in its course along the Pacific coastline

  • Horne Lake Caves

HORNE LAKE CAVES PROVINCIAL PARK

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located about 2.5 hours north of Victoria. (See map and directions at bottom of post) What to do at Horne Lake Caves… Cave Theatre & Museum Come visit the

  • Tod Inlet-gowland tod park Visitor in Victoria

TOD INLET – A HIDDEN GEM

Tod Inlet in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park One of our favourite spots in Victoria is tucked in behind Butchart Gardens where thousands of people visit every year but have no idea that this hidden gem

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