Esquimalt Lagoon features miles of breathtaking ocean beachfront with a view across to the City of Victoria at one end and the amazing snow capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains at the other. Fisgard Lighthouse completes the view.

Beyond the lagoon sits the majestic Hatley Castle and its surrounding gardens and old growth forest, which are now home to Royal Roads University.

Across the road from the beach is the large, shallow lagoon enclosed within a sand spit and connected to the ocean by a tidal channel at the one end. It's a favourite spot for birdwatchers and kayakers.

The Lagoon is one of seven Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in British Columbia, and an important stopover for birds journeying between North and South America. Look around and you’ll see Blue Herons perched high in the evergreens and Bald Eagles soaring overhead. Please keep dogs on-leash to protect this sensitive habitat and nesting area. View a map of on-leash and off-leash areas at Esquimalt Lagoon.

People flock to the lagoon to see the wildlife, walk along the beach, picnic, beach comb, sun bathe on the sand, splash in the cool water, kayak and scuba dive.

Please note: Overnight parking is not permitted along the Colwood waterfront (1am - 6am).

Learn more about the environment, history & culture of the area

Along the Lagoon are several signs to highlight some of the significant aspects of this unique area. Click on an image below to download a larger pdf file.

Indigenous History and Culture

Historical Timeline of the area 

The daily ebb and flow of life at the lagoon

Birds of the lagoon

Below the surface of the lagoon

How the waterfront is changing over time

How water flows into the lagoon