The unique geological history and physical processes of Esquimalt Lagoon have created an area rich in wildlife, that is highly valued by locals and visitors to the area. This shallow lagoon is enclosed by a sand and gravel barrier spit, and is connected to the ocean with a tidal channel at the northeast end. The lagoon is bordered by some of the oldest Coastal Douglas Fir forest remaining in the Victoria area. Esquimalt Lagoon has the least modified shoreline among the CRD harbours. However, pollution, habitat loss and invasive species are concerns in this area.

Did You Know?

  • Esquimalt Lagoon is an important stopover for birds migrating on the Pacific Flyway, a “bird highway” between North and South America.
  • First Nations people have used the lagoon for thousands of years for food gathering, habitation and spiritual purposes.
  • Early charts indicate that Coburg Peninsula was an island, with a second outlet at the southeast end of the spit.

About Esquimalt Lagoon

Esquimalt Lagoon Watersheds

  • Bee Creek
  • Colwood Creek
  • Selleck Creek

Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative

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Emergency Contacts

Emergency Management of BC 1.800.663.3456
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