As summer kicks off, we can’t help but relish in the many options that Victoria, BC offers for a lakeside weekend, be it a getaway or an easy breezy lake day, we have lakes near wineries, hiking trails, and some of the dearest towns north of Victoria.

Having spent as much time exploring outside as we could this year, we thought you might want to know a little more about our favorite lakes to cool off in during the Summer.

 

 

 

1. Shawnigan Lake

An easy 30 minute drive out of Victoria, BC this is a great spot to rent a home for a week or two during the summer season. Most homes feature private docks and allow motorized sports so get out those water skis, wakeboards, and even a trendy SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board)! If you want to treat yourself or the family to some top-notch dining, the local go-to is The Lakehouse.

 

  

Pictured: Our newest listing at 2415 West Shawnigan Lake Road | $1,499,000

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2. Cowichan Lake

This one is a little bit further out from Victoria, BC but it’s another top spot for locals to head to. In the centre of town, many folks like to rent a tube at The Tube Shack and dedicate the day to floating casually down river. The lake and river are mostly great for kids, but there are parts of the river that are notoriously tricky and even dangerous so it’s best to do a little bit of research to be safe. We always love jumping in just by Jakes at the Lake, which is also a perfect spot to break for lunch too. Homes can be rented in Cowichan for a holiday right on the lake and you’ll be a hop, skip away from Duncan, BC!

 

 

3. Day Tripping

If what you really want is a day spot to visit, there are some absolute classics in Victoria, BC. Elk Lake, Beaver Lake, and Thetis Lake all offer some beach area to throw a blanket down and that can be in or out of the shade–your call. These are well maintained public areas, often with bathrooms, fountains, parking, and bordering trails to walk about if you wish! All are relatively close to the city centre, and Sophia herself often walks around them with her pups as the loops range from approx. 5K to 10K and are used by many locals. Some other classic hotspots include Durrance Lake, Pease Lake, and the Sooke Potholes.