Saturday, September 1, 2012

Thetis Lake Park - Don't miss it

Thetis Lake Park is a regional conservation area that was established as Canada's first nature sanctuary in 1958. The park offers numerous outdoor activities in a natural setting. Among the park features are a swamp and lake ecosystem, delicate spring wild flowers, a Garry Oak ecosystem along with a Douglas Fir Forest, freshwater lake swimming, canoeing and kayaking, beaches, picnic areas, fishing (stocked with Rainbow Trout), hiking on moderate to challenging trails and boating (only electric motors allowed).  It is located on Six Mile Road in Langford. 
If you like hiking there is a trail that hugs the shores of Upper and Lower Thetis Lakes.  It takes around an hour to circle the lakes.  If you want more panoramic views of the area, take the more challenging trails up Seymore or Scafe hills.  The beach area is popular for family swims and picnics.  The boat launch seems to be a popular spot for off leash dog walks and swims.  It is where people put their canoes and kayaks in the water.  If you paddle early in the morning you will be almost alone on the lake.  Swimming and picnics do not get underway till near noon.
This beautiful park is one that you should not miss while in Victoria.  Locals know!  For more pictures of Thetis Lake go to our Facebook Page.  For more information about this and other great regional parks, go to the CRD Parks web site.

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