Tucked away on the Saanich peninsula is this little gem of a park. Follow winding trails through old-growth forest to a beautiful pebble beach overlooking the Saanich Inlet. Coles Bay Regional Park offers something special for everyone to enjoy from family beach days to quiet nature escapes.


  • Winding nature trail past towering western red cedar along a quiet creek
  • Secluded bay, rich in tidal lagoon life, facing Saanich Inlet
  • Picnicking, bird watching and beach exploring
  • Accessible picnic tables and pit toilets

Trail Rating: Easy
Size: 3.63 hectares
Location: Inverness Road in North Saanich
Established: 1966
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Things to Do

Coles Bay offers picnicking areas, forest trails, beautiful scenery, and an expansive beach. The bay is a popular summer swimming spot due to its relatively warm water. Follow either the Beach Trail or the Nature Trail on a 10 minute stroll from the main parking lot to the beach.

Have lunch at accessible picnic tables in the grassy picnic area near the parking lot or at the beach.

Accessible toilets are available near the parking area.


Information Kiosk Parking Lot Picnic Area Public Transit Toilet Accessible Toilet Wheelchair Access


How to Get There

Follow the Pat Bay Highway from Victoria, and take the West Saanich Road exit. From West Saanich Road, turn left on Ardmore Drive and left again on Inverness Road, which leads to the park entrance. Allow approximately 30 minutes driving time from Victoria.

Coles Bay Regional Park
North Saanich
Open in Google Maps

Related Content

Park Videos

Learn more about birds on these short Shaw TV videos featuring CRD naturalists.

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

External Links