This regional conservation area was established as Canada's first nature sanctuary in 1958. The park offers outdoor activities in a natural setting.
- Swamp and lake ecosystems for nature study
- Delicate spring wildflowers, Garry oak ecosystems and Douglas-fir forest
- Freshwater lakes for swimming, canoeing and fishing (lakes stocked with catchable Rainbow Trout)
- Beaches and picnic areas
Trail Rating: Moderate to Challenging
Size: 921.73 hectares
Location: Six Mile Road in View Royal/Langford
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Things to Do
Go for a hike on the scenic trails hugging Upper and Lower Thetis lakes. For panoramic views of the lakes and surrounding hills, follow the more challenging trails up Seymour or Scafe hills. In spring, wildflowers dot the hillsides. Please help us protect this sensitive habitat by staying on designated trails and keeping pets on the trail.
The beach area of Thetis Lake is perfect for a family picnic or refreshing swim. If you have a canoe, try an early morning paddle and you may even have the lake all to yourself.
Never swim alone, and look before diving. Lakes contain hidden hazards.
Remember, lifeguard service is not provided in regional parks.
The only motorized boats permitted on Thetis Lake are those with electric motors. Power boats are not permitted on Prior Lake.
There are two large parking lots off Six Mile Road and an overflow parking area. The main beach has accessible toilets, fountain, change rooms, a beach and grassy picnic area. The second parking lot has a boat launch, toilet and beach and fishing area.
How to Get There
Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Colwood exit. Follow the Island Highway. Turn right on Six Mile Road, which leads to the park entrance. Allow approximately 20 minutes driving time from Victoria.
Take BC Transit bus #50 to the Six Mile Road stop and walk approximately 1 kilometre to the park. Contact BC Transit for schedule information.
© Image courtesy of Phil Petersen