witty's lagoon

Witty’s Lagoon

This seashore park contains a diverse landscape with woodlands, freshwater creek, salt marsh, sandy seashore and rocky headlands providing habitat for an equal diversity of plants and animals. Forest trails, sandy beach and rich bird life make this an ideal destination for the whole family.

The park s open from 8am to sunset. Nature House hours are noon- 4pm Saturday, Sundays and holiday Mondays. During July and August, the Nature House is open from noon to 4pm Wednesday  to Sunday, and holiday Mondays. Contact: 250 474 2454

Things to do in Witty's Lagoon

  • Visit the sitting lady falls. Enter through a dark woodland of immense Douglas-fir. Bigleaf maple is common here, too. The trail slopes downhill alongside Bilston Creek. The creek tumbles toward a waterfall, then spills over volcanic rock – a trickle in summer, and a thunderous cascade in winter. A wooden viewing platform offers a place to rest and take photos.
  • Explore the lagoon. The narrow trail, which is uneven in places and muddy after a rainfall, leads to the lagoon, where fresh water meets salt water. The calm, nutrient-rich waters are warm and shallow, valuable as nurseries for animals that tolerate both salt and fresh water, and feed on the microscopic life flourishing here.
  • Enjoy the beach. From the main park entrance, a 1.2 km moderate forest trail leads to an expansive beach, one of the few sandy beaches with great tides on southern Vancouver Island.


How to get to Witty's Lagoon

By public transit:
Total travelling time: Approximately 1hr & 30min
Cost: $5 for a day pass

  1. Take bus #50 or #61 on Douglas street to the Langford exchange.
  2. Transfer to #54 or #55 to Metchosin Road & Witty's Beach Road.

By car:
Total travelling time: Approximately 35min

From the hostel go down Pandora and turn right on Douglas Douglas will turn into Highway #1 North, follow this for roughly 10min (varies with traffic). Take exit #10 to Colwood/View Royal exit. This turns into sooke Road. continue on this road for roughly 4KM until you see Metchosin Road to your left. Turn left here and follow Metchosin Road for another 5 min. The entrance to Witty's Lagoon will be on your left hand side.



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