The Esquimalt Lagoon

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One of our most favourite places to visit when in British Columbia is the Esquimalt Lagoon.  This salt water lagoon by the Royal Roads University is a bird sanctuary for migrating birds and also a wildlife refuge area.

Esquimalt Lagoon, Victoria, British Columbia

Looking out to the open water you can see cruise ships entering Victoria harbour, naval vessels and submarines, freighters, container ships, fishing boats and recreational boats.  Frequently there is a mist out there so getting clear pictures is a challenge.

Esquimalt Lagoon, Victoria, British Columbia

Bird sightings include swans, Canada geese, gulls, bar headed goose, oyster catchers, sandpipers, sanderlings, herons and numerous small birds like starlings and sparrows.

Esquimalt Lagoon, Victoria, British Columbia

The beach side has amazing driftwood washed up on it, from huge logs down to small pieces.  I love to collect the smaller pieces to make into garden art.

Esquimalt Lagoon, Victoria, British Columbia

On the calm side is where you see all the wildlife.

Esquimalt Lagoon, Victoria, British Columbia

After collecting rocks and shells, splashing in the water, and walking the lovely beach we left our names in the sand … until the tide came in.

Esquimalt Lagoon, Victoria, British Columbia

When we got home and sorted through all the rocks and shells and chose the ones we would bring back to Ontario, the others got decorated and will be returned to the beach. The inspiration for this was on one of our trips our granddaughter found a lovely painted rock (and I can’t find the photo of it) and she was thrilled.  So they thought leaving decorated rocks for others to find would be a nice thing to do.

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If you are in the Victoria area this is one place you will want to visit.  It is peaceful to sit on one of the big logs and listen to the lapping of the water while you gaze out over the water.

Esquimalt Lagoon, Victoria, British Columbia

I’m sharing with Mosaic Monday,  Our World Tuesday, and Signs, Signs.


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