Albert Head Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary in Metchosin is one of three parks along a short stretch of Metchosin Road that offer intimate glimpses of wildlife in a coastal setting.
This is a designated wildlife sanctuary and bird refuge that attracts a variety of birds journeying along the Pacific Flyway.
The peninsula was named Albert Head after HRH Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.
A haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers, the 7-hectare park encircles a small, picture-perfect lagoon providing a good opportunity to see and identify numerous wildlife species in any season. You are likely to see waterfowl, swans, herons and turkey vultures.
The cobble beach is perfect for a picnic, offering great views of Victoria and the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
This is an exposed headland, so dress accordingly. There are no facilities at this park other than a hiking trail.
During the Second World War, 9.2 inch guns were positioned at Albert Head to fire shells across the Strait of Juan de Fuca into the United States.
Albert Head Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Metchosin in the Western Communities, in Greater Victoria. Head out of Victoria on Highway 1; take Highway 14 toward Colwood, go left on Metchosin Road, left into Farhill Road and right into Lower Park Drive. Allow approximately 30 to 40 minutes driving time from Victoria.
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