Witty's Lagoon Regional Park - Lagoon Trail Hike
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. The trail is narrow and can
sometimes get muddy. Wildlife views are spectacular!
High tide at Witty's Lagoon in Metchosin, BC on Vancouver Island.
The Lagoon Trail is the longest of the three hiking trails in Witty's
Lagoon Regional Park. This trail offers front-row seats to the Sitting Lady
waterfall, expansive views of Witty's Lagoon, and a trek through some of the
oldest and largest trees on southern Vancouver Island. This spectacular
nature trail meanders along the water's edge and is understandably a
favourite of locals and tourists alike.
The hike starts from the main parking lot (across from the Metchosin Golf
Club), beside the Nature Centre. Just beside the path is one of the largest
and oldest Arbutus trees in the region. Follow the signs that will direct
you along the winding path over Bilston Creek and around Sitting Lady Falls.
The path follows the perimeter of the lagoon and has a vantage point
directly across from the waterfall (note - the approach can be slippery
Further down, the trail descends to the water where the mud-flats
flourish with life. Micro-organisms thrive in the fresh-water while the
tidal flush from the Juan de Fuca Strait brings in bounty from the sea.
The hike continues along the marsh which is home to over 160 species of
birds. From kingfishers to warblers, swans and pelicans, Witty's Lagoon is
a one of the best places in the region to birdwatch. Cloaked by the thick
trees along the shore, hikers can view birds as they forage at close range.
At high tide, the estuary is placid and picturesque, and filled with
swimming birds. At low tide, however, the mud-flats are teeming with life
and the birds take full advantage of the easy access to food. Local tide
tables will tell you when high and low tides will occur in the area.
Follow the Lagoon Trail westwards to walk amongst the ancient trees.
Sitting Lady Falls as viewed from the Lagoon Trail.
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