This popular recreation area offers outdoor opportunities for everyone. The lake is used cooperatively by swimmers, wind surfers, sailors, water-skiers, fishers and rowers. Some park trails are designated multi-use for hikers, cyclists and horse riders, while others are for hiking only.


  • Large freshwater lake for swimming, canoeing and fishing (Elk Lake is stocked with catchable Rainbow Trout)
  • Walking and equestrian trails through forest, field and wetlands
  • Beaches, group picnic areas and a fishing float with access for people with disabilities
  • A Nature Centre

Trail Rating: Easy
Size: 442.77 hectares
Location: Patricia Bay Highway (#17) in Saanich
Established: 1966
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Things to Do

Beaver Lake

Beaver Beach, at the south end of Beaver Lake, has a shallow, sandy beach — perfect for swimming, picnicking and canoeing around the offshore islands. You can use the nearby ponds for retriever training, or the Equestrian Centre to exercise and train your horse. Both these areas are under license agreements. For group activities, consult your local retriever or equestrian clubs for access.

Filter Beds to Brookleigh Boat Launch user-friendly trail

The old Filter Beds area contains group picnic sites, and provides access to quiet woodland trails. This 5km (one way) multi-use trail has a smooth gravel surface with gradual slopes in forested and lakeshore environments. If offers several rest areas and opportunities for fishing, swimming and cycling.

Nature Centre

Regional Parks staff and volunteer naturalists can answer your questions and point you in the right direction on the trails. Pick up a brochure, and check out the interpretive displays on the park's natural and cultural history. The nature centre is located near the main Beaver Lake parking lot.

Nature Centre Hours
1pm to 4pm
July 5 to September 1
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

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Elk Lake

To the north, Elk Lake offers many recreational activities. At Eagle Beach, swim, picnic under the Pacific willow trees, launch your scull from the Rowing Centre or start a hike south to Beaver Lake. There is a group picnic shelter at Eagle Beach near the Elk Lake Rowing Centre.

At Hamsterly Beach, join wind surfers skimming the waters, sailors seeking a strong breeze and fishers searching for the elusive "big one."


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Detailed Park Accessibility Information

  • Elk/Beaver Lake Accessibility Info (PDF - Screen reader friendly)
  • Ample parking at several locations with accessible stalls at Beaver Beach (7), Eagle Beach (2), Filter Beds (4) and Hamsterly Beach (5).
  • Room for full-size buses.
  • Accessible toilets at Beaver and Hamsterly Beaches.
  • Accessible playground and picnic tables at Hamsterly Beach.
  • Mobi-mat at Hamsterly Beach.
  • Accessible fishing dock.
  • Two picnic shelters are available for reservation in regional parks.

How to Get There

Beaver Lake Entrance

Follow the Pat Bay Highway from Victoria, and take the Royal Oak Drive exit. Turn left on Royal Oak Drive to cross over the highway, then right on Elk Lake Drive to reach the park entrance on the left.

Filter Beds Entrance

From West Saanich Road turn east onto Beaver Lake Road and drive 1.2km to the Filter Beds parking lot. From Elk Lake Drive turn west onto Beaver Lake Road and drive 800m to the Filter Beds parking lot.

Elk Lake Entrance

Follow the Pat Bay Highway from Victoria. Turn left on Sayward Road, left again on Hamsterly Road, then right on Brookleigh Road, which leads to the park entrance on the left.

Allow approximately 20 minutes driving time from Victoria.

Public Transportation

Beaver Lake

Take BC Transit bus #70 or #72 from Victoria to Elk Lake Drive at the Beaver Lake entrance. The bus stop is at the park entrance.

Elk Lake

Take BC Transit bus #70 or #72 from Victoria to the Pat Bay Highway at Sayward Road. The park is a short walk from the bus stop.

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Picnic Shelters Reservations

Picnic shelters are available for reservation in regional parks. All shelters offer undercover picnic table seating and nearby toilet facilities. Barbeques are permitted. The cost to reserve a shelter is $50 plus GST.

Blue-green Algae

Blue-green algae blooms are natural and recurring at Elk/Beaver Lake. These algae are known toxin producers. When tests show a bloom is in occurring, signs are posted at the park warning visitors to avoid the lake(s) and to keep animals on a leash to prevent them from drinking or swimming in the lake(s).

Learn more about blue-green algae:

Protect Your Pet

Parks are natural areas that may present hazards to pets. Find out how to protect them and the natural environment.

Application for Events

Planning sporting, recreational and public events and activities at the park?

Swim Safely

  • Never swim alone, and look before diving. Lakes contain hidden hazards.
  • Remember, lifeguard service is not provided in regional parks.
  • Beach Safety (PDF)

Boating Regulations

Please conserve our Parks

Please follow these rules to keep the park natural and enjoyable for everyone.

  • Stay on designated trails
  • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers
  • Dogs must be on leash or under control to avoid injuring or disturbing people, pets or wildlife
  • Pick up dog droppings and take them to the trash
  • Leave no trace and carry out litter
  • Motorized vehicles, camping, open fires, smoking, and alcohol are prohibited

Dog Restrictions

Dogs are not allowed to be on a designated beach or picnic area between June 1 and September 15, except to pass through on a leash, without stopping. The seasonal prohibition zone applies to Beaver Lake beach, Hamsterly beach, Eagle beach and Water Ski beach. Read more on our pets in parks page.

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