As the final days of summer slip away, this weekend could well be the last to soak up the sun. Before the winter vacation planning begins, why not take advantage of our coastal hideaway with a trip to one of Saanich’s best beaches?
Gorge Waterway Park: After a push to revitalize the once-favoured swimming hole, the Gorge is back on the map as a prime locale to go for a dip. The park on Gorge Road West may never compete with Elk/Beaver Lake as the place to pack up the kids and go for a swim, but the beautifully maintained park area and easy beach access should put it in the running as a pleasant getaway minutes from home.
Whitehead Park: Prospect Lake residents won’t need reminding of the benefits of Whitehead Park: 1.2 hectares of parkland, beach access, boat launch, picnic area and playground. But for the rest of us – perhaps a drive into rural Saanich is in order. Find the park off Prospect Lake Road.
Cadboro-Gyro Park: No list of Saanich beaches would be complete without the sandy shore of Cadboro Bay. For those curious to leave the known beauty of the beach and nearby village amenities, however, some fantastic accesses dotted along the shoreline drive from Cadboro to Mount Douglas Park are often overlooked. Also check out Glencoe Cove-Kevatsech, Hollydene, Cranford and Arbutus Cove parks.