Coles Bay Regional Park, located on the western shore of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, covers 3.6 hectares of enchanting forest bordering on Coles Bay.
Stroll along the woodland trails, meandering through a cool canopy of mixed deciduous and coniferous forest, to the tranquility of the bay and beach, perfect for beachcombing at low tide.
The barnacle-covered rock beach is typical of the peninsula’s west coast. Bring along a pair of beach shoes to best enjoy the environment. Spot seals offshore feeding on salmon that run to the head of the inlet in the fall. A visit to the park rewards one with peace and solitude – and a sense of the past.
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Before European contact, the territory of the Saanich Indians included the shores of the Saanich Peninsula. Here, as with other Coast Salish People, the Saanich moved with the seasons. The rhythms of the wind and tide determined the best time to net salmon or collect shellfish. In winter, the Saanich retreated to the protected waters of Coles Bay, where they built permanent cedar dwellings. Then, as part of the Fort Victoria treaties in the early 1850’s, the entire Saanich Peninsula, except for village sites and enclosed fields, was traded for 336 wool blankets.
Facilities in Coles Bay Regional Park include washrooms and picnic areas.
Coles Bay Regional Park is located between Brentwood Bay and Deep Cove in North Saanich. To reach Coles Bay Regional Park, take West Saanich Road to Ardmore Drive. Turn left on Ardmore, and left again on Inverness Road, which leads you to the park entrance. Allow approximately 30-45 minutes driving time from Victoria.
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This park is a Regional Park, Municipal Park, or proposed park, and does not fall under the jurisdiction of Parks Canada (National Parks) or the BC Ministry of Environment (BC Parks).