This regional conservation area was established as Canada's first nature sanctuary in 1958. The park offers outdoor activities in a natural setting.

Features

  • Swamp and lake ecosystems for nature study
  • Delicate spring wildflowers, Garry oak ecosystems and Douglas-fir forest
  • Freshwater lakes for swimming, canoeing and fishing (lakes stocked with catchable Rainbow Trout)
  • Beaches and picnic areas

Trail Rating: Moderate to Challenging
Size: 833.68 hectares
Location: Six Mile Road in View Royal/Langford
Established: 1993
Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Things to Do

Go for a hike on the scenic trails hugging Upper and Lower Thetis lakes. For panoramic views of the lakes and surrounding hills, follow the more challenging trails up Seymour or Scafe hills. In spring, wildflowers dot the hillsides. Please help us protect this sensitive habitat by staying on designated trails and keeping pets on the trail.

The beach area of Thetis Lake is perfect for a family picnic or refreshing swim. If you have a canoe, try an early morning paddle and you may even have the lake all to yourself.

Thetis–Langford Connector Trail

This 1.3-kilometre pedestrian/cycling trail allows Langford residents to access the park without travelling on busy roads or cycling on hiking trails, and connects with other cycling routes such as the Galloping Goose Regional Trail.

Swim Safely

Never swim alone, and look before diving. Lakes contain hidden hazards.

Remember, lifeguard service is not provided in regional parks.

Boating Regulations

The only motorized boats permitted on Thetis Lake are those with electric motors. Power boats are not permitted on Prior Lake.

Amenities

Bike RackBoat LaunchAccessible ToiletsParkingWashroomPicnic AreaWater FountainChange rooms

There are two large parking lots off Six Mile Road and an overflow parking area. The main beach has accessible toilets, fountain, change rooms, a beach and grassy picnic area. The second parking lot has a boat launch, toilet and beach and fishing area.

How to Get There

Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Colwood exit. Follow the Island Highway. Turn right on Six Mile Road, which leads to the park entrance. Allow approximately 20 minutes driving time from Victoria.

Public Transportation

Take BC Transit bus #50 to the Six Mile Road stop and walk approximately 1 kilometre to the park. Contact BC Transit for schedule information.

Photo Credit

© Image courtesy of Phil Petersen


Alerts & Notices

Resolved

  • Search & Rescue orientation at Thetis Lake Sat Feb 25, 9am-12pm

    Metchosin Search & Rescue are conducting a member orientation at the south end of the park up to McKenzie Lake. Parking may be limited.


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All regional parks and trails are open

Crews will be clearing snow during daylight hours. Expect and prepare for slippery conditions until areas are cleared. CRD parks crews clear snow and ice during daylight hours on the Galloping Goose, E&N Rail Trail & Lochside high use areas:

  • Galloping Goose - Wale Road to Selkirk Trestle
  • E&N Rail Trail - Atkins Road to Esquimalt Road
  • Lochside - Don Mann’s to Switch Bridge

After clearing snow on the regional trails priority work is clearing park parking lots, starting with Elk/Beaver Lake and Thetis Lake.

Blue-green Algae Advisory Lifted

Blooms can still be present. Avoid swimming or ingesting lake water in winter. Learn the facts in this video and podcast.

Beach Advisories

Island Health takes water samples at popular beach areas each summer. Beach advisories are posted on their website and at the beach where monitoring has shown the water may be unsafe for swimming due to elevated bacteria levels.

Please conserve our Parks

  • Stay on designated trails
  • Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers
  • Keep your dog under control
  • Pick up your dog's droppings
  • Leave no trace and carry out litter
  • Smoking is prohibited
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited
  • Camping is prohibited
  • Open fires are prohibited
  • Alcohol is prohibited

Dog Restrictions

From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay.

Please be aware that some regional parks have specific regulations regarding dogs. Read more>>

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