Thetis Lake Regional Park has several lakes with trails that lace through the beautiful forest, linking the various bodies of water. It is a very popular spot in the summer as the beach and lake, accessible directly from the parking lot, are perfect for a sunny day.
With 5km total of fairly easy-going trails and boardwalks, Witty’s Lagoon is the perfect destination to enjoy the outdoors. It boasts brilliant West Coast scenery including Sitting Lady Falls.
Although the summit is also accessible by car after 12pm every day, hiking up to the top of Mount Doug is also a great option. Just a short distance from Cordova Bay, it offers a varying hiking trail that treats you to a brilliant 360-degree view of Victoria once completed. Off of one of many winding trails, there is also an abandoned mining cave that hikers can explore, although a flashlight may be required.
Mount Douglas boasts the title of being the largest park in the Saanich area. Its trails are extensive. Depending on which you choose, the elevation, length and difficulty can vary, although none are necessarily overly difficult. Some of the trails even connect you to the beach and mountain. You can make a full day out of the excursion by visiting both. Be sure to pick a parking lot that reflects the trails and terrain you’re looking to explore.
A perfect park for beginner hikers, the Uplands Park gravel trails loop through the 30 hectares of land. The trails can take you all the way to Cattle Point, a fantastic, sandy beach to spend the afternoon. Bikes are prohibited, keeping the high concentration of rare plant species safe. The trails offer beautiful ocean views, as well as an opportunity to learn about the natural surroundings and Gary Oak meadow ecosystem.