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Witty's Lagoon Regional Park Near Victoria

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Witty's Lagoon Regional Park - Victoria Hiking Trails


Witty's Lagoon is Easy, Free and Dog FriendlyWitty's Lagoon Regional Park is a great network of trails and boardwalks that meander Witty's Lagoon Trail Viewthrough an impressive Douglas-fir forest leading to the wonderful beach at Witty's Lagoon.  The trails total over 5k, however, can be hiked in smaller sections.  Many just head to the beach and lagoon and avoid the trails, but the trails are well worth a look.

The trails run around the lagoon with great ocean and wildlife scenery.  Sitting Lady Falls is wonderfully viewed from the very nice boardwalk.

Expect to take two hours if you walk most of the trails and far more if you stay to explore the beach and lagoon.  If you are interested in bird watching you will be in heaven as the nature centre boasts that over 160 bird species have been seen in the park.  Dogs are allowed in the park, however, bikes, camping and fires are not.

Witty's Lagoon Boardwalk

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Witty's Lagoon Regional Park - Directions


Parking Directions for Witty's LagoonFrom Victoria take Douglas Street and continue to the Trans Canada Highway, after 8k take exit 10 to View Royal/Colwood, continue onto the Island Highway then it becomes the Old Island Highway, then becomes Sooke Rd.  (About 5k from the View Royal/Colwood turnoff)  Turn left on Metchosin Road and drive for 7.1k until you see the entrance to Witty's Lagoon Regional Park on your left.

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East Sooke Park - Victoria Hiking TrailsWitty's Lagoon is Easy, Free and Dog FriendlyEast Sooke Regional Park is a convenient and easily accessible way to experience the wild, west coast of Vancouver Island.  Weather blasted rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and deep coastal forest trails run throughout the park.  Every few minutes along the coast you come to another startlingly desolate ocean vantage point.  Everything about East Sooke Park is just great and should not be missed on a trip to Victoria anytime of the year.  The sheer size of this park and number of trails, over 50 kilometres of them.  The Coastal Trail, almost 12 kilometres long, stretches out linearly in an array of pocket beaches, rocky viewpoints and Juan de Fuca Trail - Hiking in Victoriafantastically alive tide pools.  It hugs the cliff, ducks into the forest and back out to another stunning ocean viewpoint.  The Juan de Fuca Trail is an incredible part of Vancouver Island.  Wild and beautiful, and accessible.  All along the 47km length there are convenient access points.  It's wild, and beautiful, and varied, and deep in the wild rainforest of the coast.  From the beautiful flowers of Victoria to the wild and majestic forest of the Juan de Fuca Trail, the drive just to get to it is beautiful.  There are four main trailheads for the Juan de Fuca trail.  From Victoria Sooke Potholes Provincial Park - Victoria Hiking TrailsChina Beach is 70km, Sombrio Beach 95km, Parkinson Creek 100km and Botanical Beach 110km.  The trail can of course be hiked from either end or in parts.  Starting at Botanical Beach and timing the tides correctly allows for a great way to start the trek as you can see the first five or so kilometres at the wonderful beach level.  Sooke is a wonderful coastal town with amazingly deep and beautiful forests, lakes and rivers.  The Sooke Potholes is an extraordinary example of this.  Over thousands of years swirling water have created amazingly deep pools in Galloping Goose Regional Trailthis otherwise, massive and crashing river.  This has created an astonishing river-world fun park of sorts.  Cliffs, fallen trees, rock outcrops over the river.  Nothing, including the river ever runs in anything close to a straight line.  So many amazing vantage points, so many unbelievable swimming spots.  If you are interested in venturing further, you can follow the potholes for quite a distance.  Galloping Goose Regional Trail developed from a disused railway line begins at the Johnson Street bridge in Mill Hill Regional Park - Victoria Hiking Trailsdowntown Victoria and goes in two directions.  One direction goes to the Vancouver ferry terminal at Swartz Bay, 35 kilometres away.  And the other 55 kilometres through the Western Communities, out past Sooke ending near the ghost town, Leechtown.  The trail is paved for 13 kilometres, from Victoria to Colwood, then the trail is gravel and dirt paths.  Most of the distance the ground is fairly smooth and rarely do you encounter even gradual hills as the route follows the old railway line.  There are convenient kilometre markers all along the trail emanating from the Johnson Street starting point.  Mill Hill Regional Park is a Thetis Lake - Victoria Hiking Trailswell hidden though wonderfully short hike to amazing views of Victoria, Esquimalt and the Western Communities.  The hike is only 15 minutes to the summit with a branching trail that leads to Thetis Lake Park.  This is a remarkably seldom hiked park in Victoria.  It is rare to see anyone on the trail or at the beautiful summit.  The views are amazing.  What makes them even more amazing is that the views look as though you areFrancis/King Regional Park - Victoria Hiking Trails on a much higher mountain than the small and short hike that brought you to this great summit.  Thetis Lake Regional Park is a very popular Victoria park that contains several lakes.  Lower Thetis Lake, Upper Thetis Lake, Prior Lake and further out, McKenzie Lake are all within this amazing park.  A wide, spider web of hiking trails run in between and around these lakes in the midst of a beautiful and secluded forest.  Trails also lead to more challenging trails to Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain.  In the summer Thetis Lake is fantastically popular as a swimming beach.  The beautiful wilderness hiking trails in Francis King Park take you past massive, old-growth Douglas Fir trees.  Some estimated to be as old as 500 years and the Elsie King interpretive trail Fort Rodd Hill and Fisguard Lighthouse in Victoriagives beautiful descriptions of the forest around you.  The Elsie King Trail is a self guided, 800 metre loop trail, named after a leader of the Victoria Girl Guides and wife of the Victoria naturalist, Freeman King.  There are over 11 kilometres of trails in Francis/King Park, and the park connects to Thetis Lake Regional Park. Thetis Lake Park then connects to the beautiful Mill Hill Regional Park, combining these three beautiful parks into one, massive, interconnected hiking paradise.  Fort Rodd Hill is astonishingly beautiful and incredibly interesting as a tourist attraction in Victoria that most never see.  This fact is amazing as it is wonderful and unquestionably, or at least arguably, as good or better than any other attraction around.  And at $3.90, what a phenomenal deal.  You can crawl all over all the real pre World War I era defensive structures and even play with and all but fire a genuine World War II Anti-Aircraft Gun... which astonishingly is in the parking lot.  Fort Rodd Hill has so much to see it spills onto the parking lot.

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