Westshore Living for the Outdoor Adventurer:
Thetis Lake Regional Park

Spring has sprung in Greater Victoria, and it is time to create new and revive old outdoor activities! This week, we recognise Thetis Lake Regional Park for its beauty and its close proximity to Victoria’s centre, and we highly encourage all Victoria residents and tourists to visit this little piece of paradise in the Westshore.

According to the Capital Regional District (CRD) website, Thetis Lake Regional Park was established in 1958 as Canada’s first nature sanctuary due to its rich ecosystems ; with the area composed of rainforest, lakes, rivers, and wetlands, the park is the ideal place to indulge your inner botanist and view the variety of seasonal flora. While there are no campgrounds in Thetis Lake Regional Park, there are picnic areas on the southern side of Lower Thetis Lake. These areas also offer parking for short and long-term visitors, changing rooms, washrooms, and beautiful beaches to set out towels and umbrellas. The Upper and Lower Thetis Lakes also provide the perfect opportunity to indulge in aquatic activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, and while there is a boat launch, only electric motor boats are permitted on the lakes. 

Fortunately, the Thetis Lake Regional Park has a variety of ways in which visitors can access the park. For those who do not want to fight for parking on weekends and holidays, people can use the pedestrian and cycling trail that connects Langford to Lower Thetis Lake. The Thetis-Langford Connector Trail is 1.3 kilometres, which takes you directly to the Lower Thetis Lake picnic grounds and connects you to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Even though public transportation does not go directly to the lake, visitors can still use BC Transit, which will stop at Six Mile Road, and they can then walk approximately 1 kilometre to Lower Thetis Lake.
Like Goldstream Provincial Park, Thetis Lake Regional Park also has a variety of hiking trails for the average and expert hiker. Dogs are permitted on the trails and designated areas; however, dogs must be on a leash from June 1 to September 15. The trails in Thetis Lake Regional Park include:

• Stewart Mountain Trail
• Scafe Hill Trail
• Scafe Hill Loop Trail
• Bellamy Trail
• Seaborn Trail
• McKenzie Creek Trail
• Panhandle Trail (this trail also crosses into the Francis/King Regional Park)
• Craigflower Creek Trail
• Upper Thetis Lake Trail
• Lower Thetis Lake trail
• Trillium Trail

For beginner hikers, the Upper and Lower Thetis Lake trails offer a beautiful scenic walk close to the park’s amenities, and for more challenging hikes, the Seymour and Scafe Hill trails offer panoramic views of the beautiful lakes.
The Thetis Lake Regional Park presents a beautifully diverse landscape and is the ideal location for a family picnic, refreshing swim, or a hike along one of the many nature trails.

For more information about Thetis Lake Regional Park, contact Cheryl Barnes.
Cheryl Barnes is your Westshore Living expert, providing a personal approach to buyers and sellers wanting to enter the Victoria real estate market. As a Top Producer and Top RE/MAX Camosun Realtor, you can be assured that Cheryl exceeds clients’ expectations and is prepared to help you with your home ownership dreams.

[1] See the CRD’s ‘Thetis Lake Regional Lake Park’ page for more information: https://www.crd.bc.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks-trails/find-park-trail/thetis-lake [1] For more information on boat regulations and beach safety, visit: https://www.crd.bc.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks-trails/find-park-trail/thetis-lake [1] To see a map of the Thetis-Langford Connector Trail, see: https://www.crd.bc.ca/docs/default-source/parks-pdf/thetis-connectormap.pdf?sfvrsn=2 [1] For more information on dog restrictions at Thetis Lake Regional Park, see: https://www.crd.bc.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks-trails/crd-regional-parks/park-usage-rules/pets-in-parks/dogs-in-regional-parks