Colwood Waterfront & Esquimalt Lagoon
Esquimalt Lagoon features miles of breathtaking ocean beachfront with a view across to the City of Victoria at one end and the amazing snow capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains at the other. Fisgard Lighthouse completes the viewpoint.
Beyond the lagoon sits the majestic Hatley Castle and its surrounding gardens and old growth forest, are home to Royal Roads University.
Across the road from the beach is the large, shallow lagoon enclosed within a sand spit and connected to the ocean by a tidal channel at the one end. It’s a favourite spot for birdwatchers and kayakers.
The Lagoon is one of seven Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in British Columbia, and an important stopover for birds journeying between North and South America. Look around and you’ll see Blue Herons perched high in the evergreens and Bald Eagles soaring overhead. Please keep dogs on-leash to protect this sensitive habitat and nesting area. There are designated on-leash and off-leash areas at Esquimalt Lagoon so that everyone can enjoy this amazing outdoor experience.
People flock to the lagoon to see the wildlife, walk along the beach, picnic, beach comb, sun bathe on the sand, splash in the cool water, kayak and some even go scuba diving.