On the Water | Outdoor Activities in Victoria BC

by hwilde on March 20, 2011

Part 1:  Salt Water Recreation

Obviously, surrounded by ocean as we are here in Victoria, there are loads of opportunities for outdoor activities that are “on the water”.  And due to our temperate climate people living in Victoria are able to participate in these outdoor recreation pastimes pretty much throughout the year.

Because our island home is snugged up to the BC coastline, and possesses a particularly fissured and furrowed character, there are a lot of very protected waters around us.  This makes it possible for people to get out on (or into) the water almost anytime.  Of course if you are looking for some adventure, the west side of the island can offer a wild and wooly ride.

Saltwater fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities on the chuck, just make sure to follow all of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans regulations or risk confiscation of your boat and equipment – Yikes!

Sailing, sea kayaking and canoeing are other outdoor recreational activities also enjoyed by many who are living in Victoria.

There are some hardy souls who enjoy swimming in the ocean, but for most the waters around Victoria are too chilly.  Certain beaches can provide warmer conditions on a hot summer day, as the tide comes in over sun-warmed sand; try Island View Beach on the Saanich Peninsula, Willows Beach in Oak Bay, or Witty’s Lagoon in Metchosin, to name a few.

The waters around Vancouver Island offer some of the best scuba diving you’ll find anywhere in the world.  Close to Victoria there are superb sites to experience incredible marine diversity including:

  • Race Point;
  • Swordfish Island;
  • Ten Mile Point;
  • Ogden Point;
  • Wreck of the S.F. Tolmie;
  • Saxe Point;
  • Clover Point;
  • Spring Bay;
  • Brotchie Ledge;
  • Discovery Island, and
  • Strongtide Island

The Greater Victoria area is surely a desirable home for those who like to live on the water (or in it).  Few locations across Canada can offer such diversity of outdoor activites on the ocean throughout the calendar year.


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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