The Witty’s Lagoon Park is a protected natural habitat. The park is located at a site in the Bilston Creek Watersheds in close vicinity of Juan de Fuca Strait.
You can enjoy the thrilling beauty of Olympic Mountains from the Park and park also offers you to get the view of across the strait, Hurricane Ridge and glaciated formation of Olympic Mountains. Constant breeze is the one of the features of this park. The driftwood shelter in the park is very popular. You can experience warm-water swim when the tide rises over rocks that are heated with sun light.
The site of Witty’s Lagoon Park is situated was originally inhabited by the Salish people. Prior to establishment of Victoria in 1843, the area was inhabited by people from Ka-Kyaakan band. The main source of livelihood of original inhabitants was gathering camas bulbs, shellfish and berries; reef-netting salmon and crafting canoes, clothing and baskets.
The Witty’s Lagoon Park is spread over 56 hectare area. There are number of trails which travel through Douglas-fir forests and surround the lagoon. The Bilston Creek runs through the forest. You can listen to the sounds of Dark-eyed Juncos, Orange-crowned Warblers and experience the view of high flying Belted Kingfisher over the creek. At the Sitting Lady Falls the creek tumbles and spills over the rocks in the lagoon.
Driftwood-strewn beach is another point of attraction at Witty’s Lagoon. It is perfect place for sunbathing, swimming and beachcombing. The trails around the beach pass through salt marsh which is lined with Arbutus and Garry Oak trees.
There is a small beach where hollowed tide pools can be experienced specifically at ‘Tower Point’. You can enjoy the pleasant view of various marine life shelters in the pools.
The beach provides you pleasant view of Haystock Islands which has old stook shaped thick grass growth. The Race Rocks, Canada’s southern most point at the west, can be viewed from here. Hurricane Ridge is also within the close proximity of the point. You can comb the long stretch of beach during low tides from this point.
The park is popular place for bird-watchers as migratory birds, like osprey, rest at this park before they cross Juan de Fuca strait for migrating to Olympic Peninsula. Seals are another attraction of the Lagoon which has black water and is surrounded by Arbutus and Garry Oak trees. You can see wildflowers like saxifrage, nodding onions and camas lilies especially during spring.
The Witty’s Lagoon has a nature information center that displays number of artifacts on cultural and natural history of the lagoon. The park has facilities like toilets and parking and area off the Lagoon Trail is provided as view point and picnic spot.
The Witty’s Lagoon Park is good place for enjoyment and enhancing your knowledge about wildlife and plants.It is around a day distance range from our victoria B&B inn. The Allow approximately 40 minutes driving time from Our Victoria Bed & Breakfast accommodation Inn.
Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Colwood exit. Follow the Old Island Highway, which turns into Sooke Road. From Sooke Road, turn left on Metchosin Road, which leads to the park entrance on the left. Follow the directions above to Metchosin Road. From Metchosin Road, turn left on Duke Road, then right on Olympic View Drive, which leads to the park entrance on the left. For more information call our staff, we will happy to offer you more details.