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.

  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProEasy access, idyllic beach
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProOften serenely quiet
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProScuba dive steps from your car!
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProLong beach with scenic driftwood
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProParadise on a sunny day!
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProNext to Fort Rodd Hill
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProBeach view is sensational
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProLook across to the United States
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConBeach fires not allowed
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConNo pub or cafe nearby

Victoria Hiking Trails

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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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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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Meares Island was the centre of dispute in the 80's when the Nuu-chah-nulth protested Macmillan Bloedel's intent to log the island.  The Nuu-chah-nulth ...
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The Wild Pacific Trail is a must see on any visit to Pacific Rim National Park, Ucluelet and/or Tofino.  Located in Ucluelet, the Wild Pacific Trail is ...
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Victoria Hiking Trails

Bear Hill Regional Park is a nice hill trail, just north of Elk/Beaver Lake in Saanich.  It is an easy 2k hike to the summit where the views are ...
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The West Coast Trail

Day 1 on the West Coast Trail hiking south from the Pachena trailhead is a fairly relaxing first day. Your first beach, Pachena Beach is a lovely, wide, ...
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