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.

Features

  • 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

Noon to 4pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays, June to September

Survey

Have you visited the nature centre? We want your feedback. Your feedback is important to us in order to monitor and improve our services.

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."

Amenities

Bike Rack Boat launch Change Room Drinking Water Fishing Pier Information Kiosk Nature Centre Parking Lot Picnic Shelter Picnic Area Accessible Picnic Area Playground Public Transit Toilet Accessible Toilet Wheelchair Access

Ample parking at several locations with accessible stalls at Beaver Beach (7), Eagle Beach (2) and Hamsterly Beach (5).

Room for full-size buses.

Accessible toilets (closed Nov-Apr) and playgrounds at Beaver and Hamsterly Beaches.

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.

Elk Lake Regional Park, Saanich, British Columbia Canada

Alerts & Notices

Active

  • New Signs for Elk/Beaver Lake

    CRD Regional Parks is installing new signs at Elk/Beaver Lake from May to June to enhance visitors’ experience and safety.

Resolved

  • Delays on Elk/Beaver Lake 10k Trail May 20

    Tree removal work at Brookleigh Boat Launch and Fishing Pier areas will result in a temporary delays on the 10K Trail between 8am - noon.

Related Content

Watch Videos 

  • Signs of Spring - Enjoy this video of CRD park interpreter Reed Osler talking about her favorite native flowers in bloom.
  • Dam Project -  View the Shaw TV feature video on the Elk/Beaver Lake dam project.

Smoking in Parks

Effective April 1, the CRD Clean Air Bylaw makes all parks smoke-free zones. Read more >>

Protect Your Pet from Natural Hazards

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

Application for Events

Apply to hold a sporting, recreational or public event or activity on Elk/Beaver Lake.

Elk/Beaver Lake Recreational Use Advisory Group

The Elk/Beaver Lake Recreational Use Advisory Group provides advice to Regional Parks for management of recreational use and events, and temporary boating restrictions. Read more >>

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

  • Stay on designated trails 
  • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers
  • Keep your dog under control and on the trail
  • Pick up your dog's droppings
  • Leave no trace and carry out litter
  • Smoking, bicycles, motorized vehicles, camping, open fires and alcohol are prohibited

Dog Restrictions

From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay.

Please be aware that some regional parks have specific regulations regarding dogs. Read more >>

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