Witty's Lagoon Regional Park - Tower Point Hiking Trail
Difficulty: Easy. Short hiking trails lead to excellent ocean
A lonely bench watches over the Pacific storms from the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Witty's Lagoon is a large park outside of Victoria, BC on southern
Vancouver Island. The park is made up of two separate parts. Tower Point,
on the eastern side, is the smaller section featuring sweeping views of the
Juan de Fuca Strait. A large, open meadow greets visitors and several walking
paths criss-cross the field. All lead to the rocky edge of this lookout point
with views of birds, seal and possibly whale. If you're visiting the
Victoria and Sooke areas, this vantage point is a wonderful place to
visit as it highlights the beauty of Vancouver Island.
The Tower Point gravel walking trail starts from the parking lot along
Ocean View Drive. After passing through some a thin forest, the rocky shore
looks out onto the water. Walk around the small peninsula and view the
shores covered with foraging birds and sunbathing seal. Cargo and cruise
ships can be sometimes be seen traveling to and from Vancouver and Seattle.
Some of the hiking trails lead down to tiny, rocky beaches on the west
side but the paths are usually wet and slippery. Hiking boots are recommended
if you intend to venture down to the water's edge; good running shoes
are fine if you plan to just explore the grassy trails of the park.
This part of the Witty's Lagoon park is exposed to the ocean and there's
little protection from the rain and wind. Bring a sweater or jacket
even on warmer days, and especially in the evening.
A lighthouse off the southern shores of Vancouver Island.
Expansive views of the shipping lanes between Vancouver Island and Washington State.
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