Thetis Lake – Photo Location

Thetis Lake, BC - A great spot for photography

I absolutely adore Thetis Lake and the surrounding park! It’s so full of greenery and moss! (Best is springtime… it looks a lot drier in the summer.)

Thetis Lake is actually two lakes, lower and upper, which are connected by a narrow culvert. There are hiking trails around both lakes and you can choose from various routes. I have my favourite spots for photos, and we don’t have to walk very far from the parking lot if you don’t want to. 

Thetis Lake is not just a lake, it’s a 2060 acre nature sanctuary. In fact, it was named one of Canada’s first nature sanctuaries in 1958. I’ve been here dozens of times and I still haven’t explored all the trails!

There are a few different beach areas – below is my favourite.

This is a beautiful location for engagement photos and wedding photos!  Timing should be planned carefully so that the light is soft (midday sessions don’t work well here).  There are several trails around the lake. The shortest one is about 3km around.


Pros: Gorgeous location if you love nature!  
Cons: Moss dries in the summer (looks brownish, not green), and it’s pay parking from May – Oct.

If you’d like to do a photo session at Thetis Lake or Prior Lake (same park), let me know!  I’d love to show you my favourite spots! 

About Thetis Lake: Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Vancouver Island, Thetis Lake holds a serene charm that captivates visitors with its natural beauty. Located near Victoria, British Columbia, this pristine lake is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking tranquility and adventure alike. With its crystal-clear waters reflecting the lush surrounding forests, Thetis Lake offers a picturesque setting for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding during the warmer months. Surrounded by rugged trails weaving through ancient Douglas fir and arbutus trees, it also beckons hikers and nature lovers to explore its verdant shores. Whether basking in the sun on its sandy beaches or embarking on a scenic hike, Thetis Lake promises an unforgettable escape into the heart of British Columbia’s wilderness.

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