Difficulty: Easy. Short hiking trails lead to excellent ocean viewpoints.
Witty's Lagoon is a large park outside of Victoria, BC on southern Vancouver Island. The park is made up of two separate parts. Tower Point, on the eastern side, is the smaller section featuring sweeping views of the Juan de Fuca Strait. A large, open meadow greets visitors and several walking paths criss-cross the field. All lead to the rocky edge of this lookout point with views of birds, seal and possibly whale. If you're visiting the Victoria and Sooke areas, this vantage point is a wonderful place to visit as it highlights the beauty of Vancouver Island.
The Tower Point gravel walking trail starts from the parking lot along Ocean View Drive. After passing through some a thin forest, the rocky shore looks out onto the water. Walk around the small peninsula and view the shores covered with foraging birds and sunbathing seal. Cargo and cruise ships can be sometimes be seen traveling to and from Vancouver and Seattle.
Some of the hiking trails lead down to tiny, rocky beaches on the west side but the paths are usually wet and slippery. Hiking boots are recommended if you intend to venture down to the water's edge; good running shoes are fine if you plan to just explore the grassy trails of the park. This part of the Witty's Lagoon park is exposed to the ocean and there's little protection from the rain and wind. Bring a sweater or jacket even on warmer days, and especially in the evening.
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