Witty's Lagoon Regional Park
Visit this oceanfront park and discover its charm. Forest trails, sandy beach, nature centre and rich bird life make this an ideal destination for the whole family.
- A large lagoon, excellent for bird watching at any time of year
- More than five kilometres of trails through woodland, past lagoon and marsh
- A sandy beach overlooking rocky headlands and offshore islets
- A Nature Centre
Trail Rating: Moderate
Size: 58.21 hectares
Location: Metchosin Road in Metchosin
Hours: 8am to sunset
Things to Do
Start at the 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 lagoon's natural and cultural history. The nature centre is located near the main parking lot. For directions, see "How to Get There" below.
Nature Centre Hours:
Open 12pm – 4pm on
Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays.
The Nature Centre is wheelchair accessible.
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Enjoy the forested trails and views of Sitting Lady Falls plunging into the lagoon below. Picnic at one of three picnic areas, or at the expansive sandy beach.
Witty's Lagoon is a birder's paradise -over 160 species have been documented in the park. Listen for the rattle call of the belted kingfisher, and the songs of orange-crowned warblers and dark-eyed juncos. Bring your binoculars, and be prepared for discovery, but remember to respect the habitat and birds that use it.
How to Get to Witty's Lagoon
Main Entrance & Nature Centre
Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Colwood exit. Follow the Old Island Highway, which turns into Sooke Road. From Sooke Road, turn left on Metchosin Road, which leads to the park entrance on the left.
Tower Point Entrance
Follow the directions above to Metchosin Road. From Metchosin Road, turn left on Duke Road, then right on Olympic View Drive, which leads to the park entrance on the left.
Allow approximately 40 minutes driving time from Victoria.
Take BC Transit bus #50 from Victoria to the Langford Exchange. Transfer to #54 or #55 to Metchosin Road at Pears Road, near the main park entrance. Contact BC Transit for schedule information.