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, biking, dog walking, and taking in some great views! Here are some (but by no means all) of the parks in and around Victoria.
Playgrounds, beaches, picnic areas … take your pick! Victoria has them all!
Newman Farm Park is a hidden treasure located among the pastoral farmlands of Central Saanich on the Sannich Pennisula. It is 6.6-hectare (16.6 acre) farm, established in 1897 extending in a narrow strip from Wallace
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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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 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,
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
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
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
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
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
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!)!
Cordova Spit (TIXEN) Cordova Spit is located on the Saanich Peninsula and extends northward from Island View Beach pushing into Haro Strait and the waters of Saanichton Bay like the prow of a giant ship.
John Dean Park is situated on top of Mount Newton, which overlooks the pastoral Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains. John Dean Provincial Park is the only place left on the Saancih
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 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
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
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
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
The Sooke Potholes The Sooke Potholes are actually comprised of 2 different parks, Sooke Potholes Provincial Park and Sooke Potholes Regional Park. As you drive along Sooke River Rd, it is he provincial park the
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 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
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
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,
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,
When visiting Victoria, a really nice day trip is out to Port Renfrew - there you'll find a wonderful place to explore, particularly at low tide - Botanical Beach. The drive to Botancial Beach is
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
One of Victoria's gems is Witty's Lagoon Regional Park Witty's Lagoon is located in Metchosin, one of the Westshore communities in Victoria. It is a very pleasant drive through rural farm land to get here.
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
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