Here in Victoria We Believe Life is Better at the Beach
Vancouver Island has knock-out beaches! Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and blessed with 3400km of coastline, Vancouver Island is a beach paradise. From sand and sun hotspots to awe-inspiring wild spaces, the beaches have something for everyone. Here are just a few of the south island local favorites. Try them all and find your own favourite spot!
Esquimalt Lagoon – Esquimalt
A local favourite with plenty to see and do. Bordered on one side by a migratory bird sanctuary, dotted with whimsical driftwood sculptures, and flanked by a stunning Edwardian castle, Esquimalt lagoon offers a one-of-kind day at the beach. While you’re there, snap a selfie with the iconic “Beach Ent” driftwood sculpture.
Local Tip: If you visit in the summer months be sure to check out the fun at Beach Food Fridays & Saturdays. From the end of May to early September, food trucks and free, live, local music bring the party to the beach.
Witty’s Lagoon – Metchosin
Bird and nature-lovers won’t want to miss Witty’s Lagoon. Be prepared for a gorgeous moderate length hike down to the beach. On the way, watch for Sitting Lady Falls and a tidal, bird-filled lagoon. The beach is a mixture of rocks and sand with huge flats exposed at low tide. Bring a picnic, make use of the beach-side tables and enjoy a fantastic view of the Olympic Peninsula.
Gyro Park – Cadboro Bay
Taking kids to the beach? How does a big, creative playground (with a zipline!) right next to the sand sound? This playground/beach mix is a match made in kid heaven. Picnic tables, bathrooms, a sandy beach and plenty of room to run make this a favourite spot for families.
Iron Mine Bay & Aylard Farm Beach – East Sooke
Looking for a quieter, wilder beach experience? The beaches of East Sooke Park are breathtaking and usually crowd-free. A 5-minute walk through an old apple orchard will get you to the ocean at Aylard Farm. This little gem is a rugged, yet sheltered, sandy beach with amazing views.
The Iron Mine Bay trail is a longer hike through the temperate rainforests of East Sooke Park. At trail’s end you’ll find a pristine pebble beach, rugged rock promontories, and even a friendly seal or two.
MacAulay Point Park – Esquimalt
Looking for beach where your special pooch will be welcome? Check out MacAulay Point. This lovely little spot is great for relaxing or exploration. The beach is home to historic military ramparts that are perfect for an afternoon wander.
Botanical Beach – Port Renfrew
One of Vancouver Island’s most famous beaches – and for good reason! Located on the open ocean side of the island, this is beaching at its most impressive. Watch huge waves pound the offshore sandbar. Listen to the cries of shorebirds. Marvel at the miniature ocean worlds revealed in crystal clear tidepools. Starfish, shellfish and even the occasional octopus can be found in these circular, naturally occurring rock pools. Be prepared to do some driving to reach Botanical Beach – and bring a picnic as you’ll want to make a day of it.
Weir’s Beach – Metchosin
This peaceful sandy beach is perfect for walking, swimming, playing beach games, kayaking, or just working on your tan. Enjoy the sweeping open ocean views that are backed by beautiful pine forests. Keep your eye out for the seals and otters that like to play off the shore. There have even been Orca whale sightings just off the shore and visible from the beach.
Looking for Beachside Bed & Breakfast Getaway?
Look no further then The Lodge at Weir’s Beach – a Bed & Breakfast located on Weir’s Beach. Right outside your window you’ll see the vast ocean views you’ve dreamed about. Plus The Lodge is conveniently located for access to most of the south island’s beaches.
Get out and explore during the day, then retreat to our ocean view hot tub or take a sunset stroll before bed. Our guest rooms are spacious, luxurious and ready to make your holiday an unforgettable one. Life is better at the beach.
For a limited time, if you book a room in June 2019 we’ll give you 10% off!