Island View Beach Regional Park in Victoria BC

by hwilde on November 20, 2012

Island View Beach Regional Park stretches along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula in Central Saanich.  The park boasts a long sandy beach, perfect for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming on a warm summer day.  There is a small, self-contained campground with sites for r.v.s and tents that is open between the Victoria Day long weekend in May and Labour Day weekend in September.

The park is part of the Cordova Shore, an area containing the largest contiguous dune system in southern BC.  Many fragile and endangered species live within this rare ecosystem, including the Sand-verbena Moth, Georgia Basin Bog Spider, Grey Beach Peavine and Contorted-pod Evening Primrose.

You can enjoy an easy hike through this unique ecosystem; there is a loop trail that follows the beach north from the park entrance, returning inland through the salt marsh and dunes.  A wide variety of seabirds and shorebirds reside at Island View Beach or stop by during migration, with some nesting along the shoreline, so keep your dogs under control and watch your step!

How to Get to Island View Beach Regional Park

Take the Pat Bay Highway from Victoria and turn right on Island View Road, then left on Homathko Road, which will take you to the park entrance. It takes about 30 minutes to get there from Victoria.  The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.


Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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