Imagine being surrounded by the magnificence of the Olympic Mountains, the roar of two spectacular waterfalls, and the tranquility associated with twelve lakes. Eagles soar overhead. Black-tailed deer feed at the forest's edge. Now imagine a club in your hands and 18 holes of challenging championship fairways stretched out before you. Olympic View Golf Course is only minutes away from the Lodge at Weir's Beach.
Indulge yourself with a challenging game of golf at the Metchosin Golf & Country Club, located only 5 minutes away from the Lodge. This picturesque 9-hole course makes you test each of your clubs through wide fairways and undulating greens. This par 34 layout consists of 2 par 3's and 7 par 4's.
The Metchosin Golf & Country Club is known for their affordable GOLF TOURNAMENT packages and inexpensive "9 & Dine" - you play 9 holes of golf and enjoy a fabulous dinner for only $23.95/person! If you or your group would like to participate in a golf tournament during your stay, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.metchosingolf.ca
Kayaking & Canoeing
If you are looking for another manner in which to experience the Pacific Ocean while staying at the Lodge, Pacifica Paddlesports, located in Brentwood Bay, offers kayaking for all ages and experience levels.
Whether you go for a half-day, full-day or multi-day paddle, getting out on the water with Pacifica Paddlesports will allow you to experience one of the world's most pristine marine environments.
Contact Pacifica Paddle sports at www.pacificapaddle.com or call 250-361-9365.
Hiking & Biking
The Lodge at Weir's Beach is pleased to be part of a new way to experience the West Coast: walk the Salish Shores Discovery Trail (www.trekandtreats.ca) and be immersed into West Coast nature, culture and hospitality during a 3-6 day self-guided walking journey. Leave the car behind and simply "walk-eat-sleep-repeat", or combine your walking vacation with cycling and kayaking. Along the way, you can stay at the Lodge at Weir's Beach for as many nights as you like to rest, join our yoga classes, explore Metchosin or book a kayaking tour.
Walk. Horseback Ride. Cycle. From asphalt to rainforest to canyon... the Goose knows every landscape on Southern Vancouver Island. Starting in Victoria, it travels the back roads to Saanich. Then it slices through the urban setting of View Royal, Langford, and Colwood. Yet in a delightful surprise, ferns, shrubs, and rock outcrops shield you from much of the concrete. At Metchosin, the trail moves lazily past small farms surrounded by hills. Steep, rocky slopes march down to the trailside. Occasionally the Goose drops into a creek bed. You can stop on the bridge and watch cool water flow over igneous rock, and continue on all the way to Sooke.
Whale Watching at The Lodge
If relaxing with a view is your style of time well spent, then you will enjoy sightings of a variety of animals living and passing along Weir's beach, meters away from your seat in the hot tub. Some animals to look out for include killer whales (Orcas), humpback whales, elephant seals, sea lions, harbour seals, river otters, bald eagles, blue herons, swans, kingfishers, turkey vultures, sea anemones, salmon, and porpoises.
Storm watching is a wondrous spectacle, at its best during the fall and winter months. Watch the drama from your cozy room in the Lodge at Weir's Beach, as the raw power of the mighty Pacific Ocean unleashes its wrath against the shore. Simply breathtaking! Nestle next to the warmth of your personal fireplace, as mighty storms roll in with the roar of wind and rain. After the gale is over, take a stroll along the deserted beach to take in the transformation of the smooth sand by pieces of driftwood pitched up onto shore.
Enjoy the Botanical Bliss
Explore the beautiful gardens, such as nearby Hatley Gardensat Royal Roads University, next to the Hatley Castle.
The world famous Butchart Gardens are only 45 minutes away by car from the Lodge, and can entertain you for hours with all the seasonal blossoms and landscapes.
2 Reel Fishing Adventures offers affordable full and half day Vancouver Island fishing trips off the coast of Sooke, BC, located 30 minutes northwest of Victoria.
Sooke offers great fishing year round. You can fish for spring, coho, pink, and sockeye salmon, as well as crab and ground fish depending on seasonal availability.
Your guides are knowledgeable about the marine environment and will provide you with an unforgettable Sooke fishing experience. Come and tour some of Vancouver Island's rugged coastline where seals, whales, eagles and other wildlife are often sighted. Bring your camera! For more information go to www.2reel.ca
British Columbia Bird Life
Birding is at its best in Greater Victoria as the area has short mild winters and is surrounded by both fresh, and salt water. Many uncommon species make Greater Victoria their home for some part of the year, including Bald Eagles and the critically endangered North American Skylark. The best birding happens during the spring and fall migrations, but hundreds of species live in the region year-round, so any time is a good time for birding in Victoria.
Only ten minutes by car from the Lodge at Weir's Beach is Witty's Lagoon Regional Park, which teems with over 160 species documented in the area, including rare Belted Kingfishers, Orange-crowned Warblers and Dark-eyed Junkos. On the tidal flats you're likely to spot Great Blue Herons, Western Sandpipers and other shorebirds.
Other parks that are in close proximity to the Lodge include East Sooke Regional Park, Albert Head Lagoon Regional park, a small lagoon which serves as a wildlife sanctuary and refuge for a variety of birds, and Esquimalt Lagoon, where, from mid September to late October, migrating raptors gather. At the peak of migration, around Sept 30th, as many as 1000 Turkey Vultures can be seen soaring over the coastal hills, along with a mix of other raptor species.
Visit the Vineyards
Vancouver Island is home to an eclectic group of wineries, due to the specific regional growing conditions. Some of the grapes may be similar to the European varieties, with a west coast reflection in the taste. Sweet blackberry wine, honey mead, and cider are all wonderful local alternatives. The Victoria area has ten wineries based along the Saanich peninsula all the way past The Lodge at Weir's Beach, to Sooke.
Wine tasting and tours are available year round.
Sample 10 delicious varieties of organic, fair trade chocolate, made with cocoa sourced from Costa Rica.
Essential oils, coffee, spices, skin care products, ice cream and more available for purchase. Found locally at Cobble Hill, only 40 minutes by car from the Lodge.