The Best Victoria Beaches, Parks and Water Adventure

The assortment of local Victoria beaches and parks is pretty impressive. We literally have something for everyone, from ocean front world-renowned playgrounds to public golf courses to some of the best conditions for adventure water sports. And if you just want to relax with a book or watch boats sail past, we’ve got the perfect spot for that too.

Since moving to the west coast, my definition of what makes a great beach certainly has changed. I used to think it had to have fine golden sand that stretched for miles and could get so hot it would scald the bottoms of your feet. I still enjoy that kind of beach once in a while, but now I think the rugged coastline scattered with marine life, sea glass, driftwood and ocean tumbled rocks found at many Victoria beaches are the best. And we have plenty of those! 

Another fabulous thing you just might find at our local parks and beaches is painted rocks! People are painting and hiding rocks all over Greater Victoria with one goal in mind - brighten someone's day. Follow the link above to find out more.

West Coast beaches are a beachcomber’s dream – you never know what will come in with the next tide. Which is one of the reasons that a trip to one of the local beaches must be on your list of things to do. So many things to explore! 

When visiting, do remember to follow the leave no trace principles. 

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other

Learn more about outdoor ethics here.

There are more parks and beaches in the area other than the ones that we feature here on our site. These are showcased for a reason – there is something special about these places that we think you are going to like. It might be a terrific playground for the kids, an awesome destination for adventure water sports, an off-leash zone for your fur friend or a relatively flat and accessible trail for people with limited mobility. Every one of them is worth getting out to explore!

Best Victoria Beaches and Parks

Beach sign at Esquimalt LagoonBeach sign at Esquimalt Lagoon

For a complete list of the regional parks and trails, visit the Capital Regional District Park and Trail directory. (note: there are other municipal parks and trails that are not listed in this directory).

Naturally Victoria beaches and water adventure go hand-in-hand. Some of the most popular water sports in the region are:

For more information about where you can get lessons, rent equipment and supplies, refer to our Adventure Tours Travel Guide

Did I miss your favourite Victoria beach or park? Use the Contact Us form and let me know what I’m missing.

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