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Victoria’s Thetis Lake Regional Park

Thetis Lake Regional Park

Thetis Lake Regional Park is a beautiful spot in Greater Victoria. It features a couple of small lakes, a sandy beach and hiking trails.


Thetis Lake in Victoria

Nestled on the outskirts of Victoria, Thetis Lake is a hidden gem that attracts nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers and folks who just want to hang out at the beach. This idyllic destination offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and recreational activities, making it a popular spot for locals. It’s definitely a “best place” to be, especially on warm summer days.


Where is Thetis Lake

Thetis Lake is about 10 km west (or slightly northwest) of downtown Victoria. It’s at the western edge of the municipality of View Royal, about a 5-minute drive north of Langford. To get there from Highway #1, take the Six Mile Road exit. The park is just north of the Trans-Canada Highway.


What to Expect at Thetis Lake

Thetis Lake Regional Park encompasses two pristine freshwater lakes – Upper Thetis and Lower Thetis. Surrounded by lush forests and scenic trails, the park provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The park has flush-toilet washrooms and change rooms by the main beach, and tap water for drinking. With its natural beauty and amenities, it’s a perfect family-friendly destination.

No matter when you go, you’ll be able to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna in the forest, but also from the beaches and picnic areas. Birdwatchers will appreciate the opportunity to spot various avian species while sitting on one of the memorial benches along the hiking trails. The observant hiker might see squirrels and other wildlife while away from the main beach, possibly even the occasional deer.

Both beaches at the park are on Lower Thetis Lake, and both have a parking lot nearby. There is also an overflow parking area for busy days. Pay parking is in effect from May 1st until September 30th. In other months of the year, parking is free. As of early 2024, parking costs $2.25 per day. You can also get a season pass for parking for about $20.


Beach at Thetis Lake Regional Park
Main Beach at Thetis Lake


About the Lake and its Beaches

The crystal-clear waters of Thetis Lake are inviting, whether you seek a refreshing swim or a leisurely paddle. In the warm summer months, Thetis Lake is a popular spot for swimming enthusiasts. The clean, freshwater lake is an ideal place to cool off.

The main beach has a sandy shore and a designated swimming area. The calm waters make the lakes great for paddleboarding and kayaking.

Main Beach is where you’ll find flush toilets, changing rooms, a nice sandy beach and picnic tables. At West Beach, which is smaller, there are toilets, a boat launch and fishing area.

Dogs are prohibited at Main Beach and its picnic area between June 1st and September 15th (except when on lease or just passing through to get to the trails). Dogs are allowed, however, at West Beach.


Hiking Trails at Thetis Lake

Thetis Lake Regional Park boasts a network of well-maintained hiking trails. The 5.5 km loop around Upper Thetis Lake provides stunning views of the water and surrounding landscapes through the trees.

The trails cater to various skill levels, making it accessible for both novice hikers and seasoned trekkers as well as trail runners. The park is pretty big. At around 920 hectares, or 2777 acres, there are lots of trails and places to explore.


Tips & Suggestions

Below is some advice and extra information to help you make the most out of your visit to Thetis Lake.

TIP #1: The parking lot can get crowded on Victoria’s hot, summer days. Arrive early to get a spot.

TIP #2: Younger children will enjoy the sandy beach area near the wash houses, while older youth will likely prefer to spend their days sunning on one of the rocky outcrops around the lake. Note: The water gets deep very quickly away from the main beach area.

TIP #3: Bring your floating beach toys on beach days, as the lake almost never gets rough. Also take picnic items, or at least a snack. There are no corner stores or other shops within easy walking distance of the lake. There is also no concession stand at the beach.

TIP #4: Dress warmly in winter. Being in the full forest, the sun doesn’t have the opportunity to warm up the walking trails during the day in darker, colder months. Also, be careful of icy spots on the trails after the temperature has dipped below freezing.

TIP #5: Take your camera and give yourself some time to walk around the lake. Whether it’s a rare sunny winter’s day or a misty, foggy one, you will want to stop to take photos of the ever-changing scenery before you.


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Other Information

To learn more about Thetis Lake, visit the Capital Regional District website. For a map of the area, click Thetis Park Map.

When you are in the area, you might want to also check out nearby Esquimalt Lagoon for a similar salt water experience, or spend the afternoon at Fort Rodd Hill, learning about the history of the local area. Hatley Castle and WildPlay Adventure Park are also within a 5-minute drive from the park. Whatever you choose to do, we know you won’t be disappointed.

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