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Esquimalt Lagoon drift wood sculpture

Esquimalt Lagoon

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0-4km (0-2.5mi)


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Esquimalt Lagoon 2km Sand Beach Spectacular Sculptures

If you’re visiting Victoria and looking for a great sand beach to dip your toes in the ocean, this might be the place to visit. beaches, driftwood displays and the sites that surround this fantastic beach. While you’re here, stop next door as the visit Fisgard Lighthouse, Fort Rodd Hill and Hatley Castle are all within walking distance.

Esquimalt Lagoon, the Best Beach on South Vancouver Island

Looking to spend time with the family, enjoy a sunset, walk barefoot in the sand? If you’re in search of a large beach with easy access, I’ve found what your heart desires. Esquimalt Lagoon offers 2km of sand, a migratory bird sanctuary and wonderful views of the active Juan de Fuca Strait.

Located on the edge of Victoria in Colwood, there’s plenty of free parking and is surrounded by popular tourist stops including Fort Rodd Hill, Fisgard Lighthouse, and Hatley Castle.
Esquimalt Lagoon is a great stop for anyone visiting Vancouver Island.

Esquimalt (pronounced ‘Ess-KWI-malt’) Lagoon is a vital bird sanctuary almost entirely enclosed by a sand and gravel peninsula. This 2km long naturally built barrier and the sand beach has become a popular spot for locals and visitors to walk along driftwood, play in the sand and enjoy the saltwater air.

Tips and Suggestions

There are plenty of free parking spaces along Ocean Blvd, with room on the shoulder for your longer vehicle.

Public washrooms are available at the southwest end of Ocean Blvd and porta-potties at the driftwood art installation.

Picnic Facilities:
There are only a few picnic tables along the beach. Most are located in the area of the Driftwood Art Installation. During the summer months, you will find food trucks in the spit’s central area. 

Driftwood Art Installation

It started with “McGnarly” – The Guardian of the Lagoon, protector of the birds and small creatures. A sculpture from Alex at Drifted Creations” was built for Colwood’s Eats & Beats Beach event. The mythical creature guards the lagoon and captivates visitors all year long.

The art installation also inspired another artist, Paul Lewis, who started adding driftwood birds and animals to the beach. As you explore, keep your eyes open for one of the many driftwood creatures created by Paul, including the Sasquatch in East Sooke.

Both Paul and Alex’s amazing work can be spotted around the island.

With other great stops to add to your visit just around the corner such as Fisgard Light House, Hatley Castle and Wild Play Victoria. Callwood is a great place for any visitor to Victoria to stop and enjoy.

Food Trucks

Colwood Beach Food Days.
For an even better outdoor experience visit in the summer starting in May, Friday-Sunday food trucks take over a small section alongside Ocean Boulevard. Who doesn’t enjoy access to great local food, walking along the beach while taking in the beauty and natural seaside surroundings?

Saturdays offer even more! A rustic stage built on the beach amongst the driftwood sculptures hs local musicians playing from 5 to 7 pm. Schedule Information

– Colwood Food Days
– Tide charts

Check out Witty’s Lagoon for another great beach in the area.

Just Down the Road:

Fort Rodd Hill is in close proximity to two other great stops. For an exceptional day, we suggest visiting Hatley Castle in the morning, then head to Esquimalt Lagoon. for a picnic or food truck and spend the afternoon at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse.


Is the spit at Esquimalt Lagoon natural?
Yes, the spit was naturally formed as a sand and gravel barrier creating and protecting the lagoon. The bridge allows tidal water to flow in and out of the lagoon.
What else is there to do in the area?
Visit Hatley Castle Gardens and Fort Rodd Hill with Fisgard Lighthouse

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Modified: May 17, 2023
Last Visit: June 19, 2022
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