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Coles Bay Regional Park, located on the western shore of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, covers 3.6 hectares of enchanting forest bordering on Coles Bay.

Stroll along the woodland trails, meandering through a cool canopy of mixed deciduous and coniferous forest, to the tranquility of the bay and beach, perfect for beachcombing at low tide.

The barnacle-covered rock beach is typical of the peninsula’s west coast. Bring along a pair of beach shoes to best enjoy the environment. Spot seals offshore feeding on salmon that run to the head of the inlet in the fall. A visit to the park rewards one with peace and solitude – and a sense of the past.

Before European contact, the territory of the Saanich Indians included the shores of the Saanich Peninsula. Here, as with other Coast Salish People, the Saanich moved with the seasons. The rhythms of the wind and tide determined the best time to net salmon or collect shellfish. In winter, the Saanich retreated to the protected waters of Coles Bay, where they built permanent cedar dwellings. Then, as part of the Fort Victoria treaties in the early 1850’s, the entire Saanich Peninsula, except for village sites and enclosed fields, was traded for 336 wool blankets.

Facilities in Coles Bay Regional Park include washrooms and picnic areas.

Coles Bay Regional Park is located between Brentwood Bay and Deep Cove in North Saanich. To reach Coles Bay Regional Park, take West Saanich Road to Ardmore Drive. Turn left on Ardmore, and left again on Inverness Road, which leads you to the park entrance. Allow approximately 30-45 minutes driving time from Victoria.

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Park Notices

This park is a Regional Park, Municipal Park, or proposed park, and does not fall under the jurisdiction of Parks Canada (National Parks) or the BC Ministry of Environment (BC Parks).

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Sidney Whale Watching
#105, 2537 Beacon Avenue Sidney BC V8L 1Y2 Phone: 250-656-7599Toll Free: 1-888-656-7599Visit WebsiteVisit Blog

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Sidney Whale Watching offers whale watching and wildlife sightseeing Tours and charters for killer whales (Orcas), sea birds, seal colonies, and other marine life. Three to three and a half hour tours start right from Sidney’s waterfront, near the highest percentage of Orca sightings and porpoise and dolphin feeding grounds. The seas in Sidney are much calmer than Victoria or Vancouver due to it being protected by the Gulf Islands. Waterfront kayak tours, kayak rentals, and kayaking lessons. Five minutes from ferry terminals and airport, with free airport and ferry pick up.

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Cedarwood Inn & Suites
9522 Lochside Drive Sidney BC V8L 1N8 Phone: 250-656-5551Fax: 250-656-1551Toll Free: 1-877-656-5551Visit Website

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Set among award-winning gardens in a quiet, residential area of Sidney-By-The-Sea, The Cedarwood provides waterfront accommodation with a difference. We are close to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens and within walking distance to the San Juan Islands ferries. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, Olympic Mountains and Mount Baker. Just five blocks away, there are restaurants, cafés, banks, shops and grocery stores.

Cedarwood also boasts the unique Lasqueti Island Cottages, located on the Sidney property. These four log cabins were the original units at The Cedarwood in Sidney in 1949! Guests will enjoy the patina of naturally aged wood interiors and the views across our raised gardens to the ocean. The cottages have two TVs, an updated bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, and one bedroom featuring a king-sized bed, with a queen-sized sofa bed in the living room.

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