Difficulty: Easy to moderate. There is a choice of three hiking trails within Witty's Lagoon Park.
Witty's Lagoon is situated in Metchosin, BC and is located about 25 minutes drive from Madrona Cottage. This spectacular oceanfront park features a waterfall, a sandy beach and a fresh-water/salt-water lagoon. Thousands of birds take refuge in these calm waters and feed in the abundant mudflats that are exposed at low-tide. This picturesque park is in perfect natural balance between fresh-water and salt-water, land and sea. It's a must-see site when visiting Sooke and Victoria.
Witty's Lagoon has been inhabited for thousands of years. The first know settlers were the Salish people who harvested the land and water around the estuary. In the 1850's, the Hudson's Bay Company purchased the land from the Ka-Kyaakan band for the equivalent of 43 British pounds of blankets. A few years later, the remaining people moved to Esquimalt to join the Songhees people.
If you think you've discovered an artifact, do not disturb it. Contact the CRD Parks (250-478-3344) so that it can be recorded and protected appropriately.
There are over 5 kilometres of hiking trails in this gorgeous Vancouver Island park. The three main trails showcase different pieces of this coastal environment:
Witty's Lagoon is one of our favourite hikes in the Sooke area and we hope you'll enjoy it too.
Witty's Lagoon is about 25 minutes away from the cottage.
Access to Witty's Lagoon is through two separate parking areas. To get to the Lagoon Trail or the Beach Trail, look for the parking lot on the right-hand side of the road, across the street from the Metchosin Golf Club.
To get to the Tower Point trail, go past the main parking lot for Witty's Lagoon. Turn right on Duke Road, then right onto Olympic View Drive. Look for a small, gravel parking lot.
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