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Mount Douglas Beach

Mount Douglas Beach

Mount Doug Beach

This rocky stretch of coastline known to locals as Mount Doug Beach offers sweeping views of Mount Baker and diverse marine life to explore. It is part of Mount Douglas Park located at the edge of Gordon Head and Cordova Bay, a short 25 minute drive from downtown Victoria


Getting There

Mount Douglas Beach parking lot is located on Cordova Bay Road 40m north of the Cedar Hill Road and Ash Road junction. There is ample parking and 2 EV charging stations. The beach is also accessible by bus on route 39 from UVic or by bike. Bike racks are located at the washrooms and main building facility. 

EV Charging Station at Mount Douglas Beach

Beach access is a short walk from the parking lot. The trail off the parking lot is a relatively wide 20m stretch through the forest. There is a steep section and few stairs at the end (that have seen better days) but the trail is accessible for all skill levels. If you want experience the full beach be sure to visit at low tide. You can check the tide table here.

Mount Douglas Beach TrailTrail down to Mount Douglas Beach from the parking lot

If you are hoping to enjoy more of the lush forest canopy with glimpses of Douglas Creek meandering through you can opt to start at the main Mount Doug Parking lot and follow the marked trails down to the beach. A free GSP trail map can be downloaded to your phone from Saanich’s website. Note the main parking lot fills up quick evenings and weekends. 

Mount Douglas Beach StairsStairs at the end of trail for beach access

Playground & Picnic Area

Mount Doug Beach PlaygroundPlayground at Mount Doug Beach with parking 

From the beach parking lot there is a large open field with fenced backstop, playground and picnic areas to enjoy. If you are planning to visit with a large group the areas can be pre-reserved through Saanich’s website and park permit application found here. Otherwise, park amenities are on a a first-come first-serve basis. 

Mount Doug Beach picnic benches by waterPicnic area #1 near beach trail overlooking ocean

Mount Douglas Park picnic benches by parkPicnic area #2 near open play field 

Mount Douglas Park Field Open field with backstop

Are Dogs Allowed at Mount Doug Beach?  

Dogs are allowed on Mount Doug Beach from the beginning of September to the end of April.

No Dogs Sign

No Dogs are allowed on the beach, playground, or picnic area from May 1 to August 31. It is best to take your furry friends into the park trails during the spring and summer months away from the sensitive creek ecosystem. 

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