Located in the Mount Work Regional Park area, Durrance Lake is a popular swimming hole in the summer months and fishing lake throughout the year. An easy trail circles the lake, starting from Ross Durrance Road, passing through a scenic forest trail, then following a wide gravel trail around the second half of the lake that offers scenic views with Mount Work tower above in the background.
From the parking lot, walk back along Ross Durrance Road, the road that you drove along, and look for a trail to your left next to a sign. Follow the trail into the forest and cross a wooden bridge, veering left as you pass through the forest. There are occasional glimpses of the lake through the trees but much of the trail along the south shore is hidden within the forest. Continue walking along the forest, following the well defined trail. The trail is often muddy and small sections may be flooded during the winter and early-spring months but it should still be walkable.
The trail eventually veers left and you emerge from the forest on a gravel path on the far east side of Durrance Lake. Walk to where the trail joins a wide trail and go left, walking back towards the lake and following it. Along this section is a small, sandy beach area with a beautiful view of the lake and Mount Work. A short distance further and you reach a dock that is commonly used for fishing.
Just a few more steps from the dock and you have returned to the parking lot where you began the loop around Durrance Lake.
To drive to the parking lot at Durrance Lake from downtown Victoria, follow Blanshard Street northbound as it leaves the city and becomes Highway #17. Take Exit #11: Royal Oak Drive and turn left, crossing over the highway. Continue driving to to West Sannich Road and turn right at the 4-way intersection. Continue driving along West Saanich Road for 5 - 6km and turn left onto Wallace Drive. After driving a short 0.5km, turn left onto Willis Point Road. Drive a few kilometers and turn right onto Durrance Road. Drive along the quiet road and pull into the parking lot near the end to the left.
Dogs are allowed on the trail off-leash around Durrance Lake but must be kept under control at all times. Please ensure to pick up after your dog and remove all excrement and plastic bags from the park.
There are toilet facilities near the parking lot area at Durrance Lake. There are no other toilets on the trail around the lake.