A staple within the CRD for families and summertime swimmers, Durrance Lake has more to offer than a place to catch some sun. As one of the few lakes within the Mount Work Regional Park, it is the most accessible with a parking lot close to the lake, and a wide gravelled trail along the Northside with washrooms, picnic benches, small beaches, and an accessible fishing dock where you can catch smallmouth bass and cutthroat trout.

Along the Southside, connecting to the gravel and creating a loop around the lake, is a little more of a rugged trail within the forest surrounding the lake. It offers more undulation but is accessible with a TrailRider, though, on occasion, it can be busy with mountain bikers coming fresh off the single tracks of Mount Work.

There are always opportunities to take a moment and look out onto the lake and enjoy the flora and fauna around you; it’s a great place to see trilliums in the springtime. Along with the joys of taking a cooling dip on a summer’s day, there always seems to be bald eagles around watching over you. An incredible experience I had, and will never forget at Durrance Lake was during a Power To Be program activity. While we were passing along information, we suddenly heard a thrashing from above followed by pieces of branches falling on us, and as we look up we see an eagle take off from a branch 20 feet above our heads. It was an incredibly humbling experience and instilled in me the need to slow down and look all around instead of just on the path ahead.

Get out there and go explore Durrance Lake!

Keep an eye out for
  • Eagles
  • Kingfishers
  • Turtles
  • Otters
  • Beavers
Know before you go
  • The total loop is 1.8km. The accessible gravel trail is approximately 800m.
  • The park can be very busy in the summertime so expect some crowds.
  • Be sure to check park information and current weather before you go.
How to get there

Durrance Lake is located at the end of Durrance Close, off Willis Point Road, via Wallace Drive and West Saanich Road. Durrance Lake is unfortunately not on a transit route so either driving, carpooling, or HandyDart will be your means to get there. (See Google Maps for full directions from your location)

This blog post was written by Paul Blood, a passionate Power To Be facilitator. Paul loves to share his experience and coach others through challenges, using nature as a co-facilitator.