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
Established: 1993
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.

Swim Safely

Never swim alone, and look before diving. Lakes contain hidden hazards.

Remember, lifeguard service is not provided in regional parks.

Boating Regulations

The only motorized boats permitted on Thetis Lake are those with electric motors. Power boats are not permitted on Prior Lake.


Bike RackBoat LaunchAccessible ToiletsParkingWashroomPicnic AreaWater FountainChange rooms

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.

Public Transportation

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.

Photo Credit

© Image courtesy of Phil Petersen

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Please conserve our Parks

  • Stay on designated trails
  • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers
  • Keep your dog under control
  • Pick up your dog's droppings
  • Leave no trace and carry out litter
  • Smoking is prohibited
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited
  • Camping is prohibited
  • Open fires are prohibited
  • Alcohol is prohibited

Dog Restrictions

Dogs are not allowed to be on a designated beach or picnic area between June 1 and September 15, except to pass through on a leash, without stopping. At Thetis Lake the seasonal dog restriction is at Prior Lake beach and dock area, and Thetis Lake main beach. Read more >>

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