Best Beaches and Parks in Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria has an impressive assortment of  some of the best beaches and beautiful parks for family fun, water activities and exploring. 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 some of the best beaches have a rugged coastline scattered with marine life, sea glass, driftwood and ocean tumbled rocks. 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 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 Beaches and Parks

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).

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

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