Francis/King Regional Park is an excellent place for visitors of all abilities to explore nature and one of the most accessible wilderness parks near Victoria BC.
The park offers 11 kilometres of trails through mature forest dotted with meadows where you may enjoy wildflowers during the spring months. There are connector trails leading to the Thetis Lake trail system and wetlands. A boardwalk trail named for Elsie King, a prominent Girl Guide Leader, allows people with mobility issues to experience the beauty and tranquility of a mature temperate rainforest.
The Nature Centre is staffed on weekends and some holidays by CRD Parks staff and volunteer naturalists who can answer your questions about local flora and fauna and give directions to the various trails.
How to Get to Francis/King Regional Park
Take the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the #8 exit (Helmcken Road). Turn left from Helmcken Rd. onto Burnside Road West and right on Prospect Lake Road. Then turn left on Munn Road, which will lead you to the park. It takes about 20 minutes driving time from Victoria to reach Francis/King Park. The park is open from 8am – 9pm, April to Oct. and from 8am – 5pm Oct to April. If you are new to the west coast don’t miss this opportunity to visit a beautiful rainforest park.