Thetis Lake

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Thetis Lake Regional park has a variety of trails to explore. The left side of the lake requires  more energy than the right side, however both sides are manageable for someone in reasonable condition. Some of the trails in the park are also horse riding trails, so be sure you follow the signs.

Thetis Lake is a great place to come during summer months if you are looking for a sandy beach. The beach gets quite busy during the day with those looking for fresh water to cool off in. The front of the park connects with the Galloping Goose trail, a long trail winding through Victoria.


Thetis Lake park is 2060 acres of lake, forest and wetland. The park area was established as Canada’s first nature sanctuary in 1958 and then recognized as a regional park in 1993. Thetis lake has stocked trout and you will probably see fisherman if hiking during summer months.

Time and Distance:

Start at the parking and go left or right along the lake. The left side has slightly more incline and also has a forest adjacent to the lake in most spots. The rocks are steep next to the lake and at suicide landing you can jump off a  50-60 ft cliff into the lake.


From downtown Victoria travel north on the Trans Canada Hwy and take the exit to Colwood. Continue to Six Mile road and watch for signs to the parking lot. The main parking lot has a fee during summer months.

Great overhead shot on YouTube