Tower Point

Tower Point

Metchosin

  • Difficulty
    Easy

  • Time
    (Roundtrip)
    0.75 hours

  • Distance
    (Roundtrip)
    1.3km

  • Elevation
    15 meters

  • Dog Friendly
    Yes

  • Public Transportation
    No

  • From Downtown Victoria
    35 minutes

  • Camping
    No


Overview

Tower Point is part of Witty's Lagoon Regional Park but is located east of the main park and offers several scenic coastal views along the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There is also a large field and the area is popular with local dog walkers and families. If you're lucky, you can even spot marine wildlife from the rocky viewpoints along Tower Point.

From the wooden sign with a map of the area, follow the gravel trail as it passes between residential properties before reaching a large, wide open field. As you enter the wide clearing, stay to the edge on the right and look for a trail that goes downhill into the trees. Follow this trail as the narrow route pass through the trees and above the shore of Witty's Lagoon.

There used to be trails that circled the shoreline, however the winds and weather have eroded many of them and it's not possible to complete a route near the shore. After walking a few minutes, return to the wide open field through the trees as the paths beyond are overgrown and degraded.

Follow the edge of the trees to another path, which takes you down a short trail to a rocky outcrop with a very good view of the area, looking out over the lagoon and Haystock Islets to the left. Walk down to the small beach area to the left for an additional view.

There is a trail on the far side of the beach area, however it's very worn down and dangerous to follow. It's recommended to returned to the rocky viewpoint, the walk back up the path to the field. Go right and walk to another wide trail that leaves the field area. Continue as you wrap around Tower Point to where there is a wide open view on the rocks looking south.

At the far end of the rocks, the trail continues into the forest and offers a few other scenic views that look out towards a couple of small islands. Follow the trail until you reach the end, which is marked and go left, exiting the forest and returning to the open field. Follow the edge of the park area along the fence and return to the gravel trail that takes you back to the parking area.


Driving Directions

From downtown Victoria, drive northbound along Douglas Road as it turns into Highway #1 and leaves the city. Take Exit #10: View Royal / Colwood and stay in the left lane as you exit, passing underneath the highway. Continue straight through the lights and along Old Island Highway.

Eventually, Old Island Highway becomes Sooke Road. At the intersection with Metchosin Road, turn left and follow this road for the next 4.5km. Turn left onto Duke Road and follow this road through the neighbourhood. Just after Duke Road becomes Olympic View Drive, there is a gravel parking lot on the left next to a grass field. Park here and start your walk to Tower Point by the wooden sign and gravel trail.


Additional Information

Dog-Friendly

Dogs are allowed in the Tower Point area of Witty's Lagoon Regional Park. From June 1st to September 15th, dogs must be on a leash and not stay at beach and picnic areas.

Toilets

There is an outhouse located near one of the main trails to the east of the large open field. This is the only toilet facility in this section of the park.

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