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Family Friendly! Coles Bay Regional Park on Vancouver Island

Posted by Jody on August 26, 2011

Grab the whole family!  Coles Bay Regional Park, in North Saanich (British Columbia, Canada)  is the perfect place for an easy, family friendly walk leading to the calm waters of Coles Bay.  Kids of all ages will enjoy spotting the marine creatures that can be found in the tidal lagoons here. Starfish, crabs, and clams are plentiful.  It’s the ideal place for beachcombing, especially at low tide.  And in the fall, if you’re looking out, instead of down, you might be able to spot the seals that feed on salmon offshore.

Coles Bay Regional Park was established in 1966. Managed by the Capital Regional District, this small, out-of-the-way park is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.  (30 – 45 minute drive from Victoria) Situated on a secluded bay, the park features a forest trail that passes through majestic western red cedars. The quick (10 minute) beach trail takes you along a quiet creek to the gentle swimming beach of Coles Bay. *Wear your beach-trekkers. The shoreline is rocky and barnacle covered.* Picnicking and birding are also great choices here.  I’d plan to spend the day!

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada (By Mattes, from Wikimedia Commons)

The Capital Regional District has a beautiful 24 page brochure to help you choose from the picture-perfect regional parks and activities on Southern Vancouver Island & the Southern Gulf Islands.  The district manages over 32,000 acres of strikingly beautiful natural areas including 33 parks and regional trails.  Thirteen of the parks have beaches and most of the parks appear to have stunning coastal views!

I think I’ll start with Coles Bay Regional Park!

Let us know what you’d like to see!  Leave a comment for us & we’ll check it out. -J-

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