Victoria Hiking Trail RatingEsquimalt Lagoon is a wonderful stretch of beach that extends two kilometres, separating the lagoon from the ocean.  The beach is made up of wonderful, powdery sand and driftwood logs.  Looking out from the beach you as you sit on a massive and ancient, driftwood tree, with weathering that makes it dry, smooth, gleaming white.  A perfect seat to take in the view.

  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsEasy access, idyllic beach
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsOften serenely quiet
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsScuba dive steps from your car!
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsLong beach with scenic driftwood
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsParadise on a sunny day!
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsNext to Fort Rodd Hill
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsBeach view is sensational
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsLook across to the United States
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sBeach fires not allowed
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sNo pub or cafe nearby

The view you see is a perfect stretch of sand, littered with improbably idyllic driftwood logs.  In the unexpectedly close distance you see the United States.  Snowy mountain peaks of the Olympic Range in the fuzzy distance.  Partway between these mountains in the US and the Lagoon where you sit, a jut of land stretches out similar to the distant mountains, but dark coloured, instead of fuzzy grey.  The few kilometres greys the view, whereas the three or so kilometres to the jut of land at the end of the beach does not.  It contrasts with the distant mountains in a hypnotizing way. 

The Lagoon is officially called the Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary.  But for those of us that grew up in the area, it is simply the Lagoon.  A place where you surreptitiously went to drink beers with your friends when you were 16.  Or a decade earlier, watch your dad scuba dive from this same ancient driftwood log seat.  He would walk into the ocean and disappear.  We would trace the smooth, dark surface for 15 minutes until finally a ripple in the surface down the beach.  He would back out of the water to the beach and the yellow, mesh bag full of sea creatures.

When you are 6 years old and a Dungeness Crab is pulled from the ocean and set in front of you on the sand it is something you never forget.  Like a giant, armored spider, its claws extend menacingly toward you.  It crab walks back to the ocean, all the time facing you with those giant claws.  More crabs come out of the bag, and bright purple starfish.  Occasionally dad would return with monstrous Lingcod he savagely speared with his speargun.  What a marvel of creatures live just beyond view, under the surface.

The Lagoon, you soon discover growing up here, is not the only one.  Further down the beach, about 4 kilometres away is another similarly beautiful bit of paradise, Albert Head Lagoon Regional Park.  Albert Head, the large finger of land that stretches out into the ocean has another lagoon just beyond it.  Witty's Lagoon is another hidden bit of serenity.  A hidden wilderness world that somehow managed to survive development and become a park.  A wonderful park, hidden well inside Metchosin, a rural suburb of Victoria.

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Hike in Tofino & Clayoquot Sound

  The Big Tree Trail Hot Springs Cove Lone Cone Nuu Chah Nulth Radar Beach

  Radar Hill Vargas Island Virgin Falls Wild Pacific Trail

Hike the West Coast Trail

  Day 1 Pachena to Darling Day 2 Darling to Tsusiat Day 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah Day 4 Carmanah to Walbran

Day 5 Walbran to Cullite Day 6 Cullite to Camper Day 7 Camper to Thrasher

West Coast Trail Campsites

 Michigan Creek at 12k Darling River at 14k Orange Juice Creek at 15k Tsocowis Creek at 16.5k Klanawa River at 23k

Tsusiat Falls at 25k Cribs Creek at 42k Carmanah Creek at 46k Bonilla Creek at 48k

Walbran Creek at 53k Cullite Cove at 58k Camper Bay at 62k Thrasher Cove at 70k