Mount Work Regional Park is one of the Capital Regional District’s bigger parks, covering 697 hectares along the border of Saanich and the Highlands. The park has a bit of something for everyone, with dense forest trails for the avid and capable hiker, trails in the Hartland area that are great for mountain bikers or those with strollers, and two freshwater lakes that practically beg for people to play in them. On a clear day, from the summit of Mount Work, you will be treated to fantastic views of most of southern Vancouver Island, including Victoria, the Saanich Inlet, Goldstream Provincial Park, Mount Finlayson, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, and Mount Douglas.
Highlights of Mount Work Regional Park
- Mountain biking area at Hartland
- 11km of moderate to challenging hiking trails
- Swimming, canoeing and fishing at Durrance and Pease lakes.
- Outhouses located at the entrance points
- Ample parking at all entrances, including room for buses
- Picnicking area at Durrance lake
Although there are more accessible trails in the Hartland area, and along the north side of Durrance Lake, many of the hiking trails in the Mount Work Regional Park are moderate to challenging in nature. The trail system winds its way through dense lowland forest offering the sort of incredible scenery that only west-coast forests can provide, full of lush plant life, cheerfully singing birds, and a variety of other wildlife. There are several trails that lead up to the summit of Mount Work— they are kind of short, needing only 40-50 minutes to travel them, and are somewhat steep. The summit trails are definitely better suited to more capable hikers. At the top, after a fairly challenging trek, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views that make the effort truly worthwhile.
Courteous Hiking in Mount Work Regional Park
As with any nature park, there are things you should remember when you are enjoying the park:
- Stay on the designated trails. The trails are there to keep hikers from getting lost and possibly injured, and also serve to prevent hikers from disturbing environmentally sensitive areas.
- Don’t disturb the wildlife or plants. Nature parks act as protected areas for many species of plants and animals.
- Keep your dog leashed. Dogs are as capable as humans, when it comes to disturbing the natural environment of the park.
- Clean up after your dog. Bagging and disposing of your dog’s waste allows other visitors to enjoy the park without incident.
- Carry out your garbage. Garbage is a danger to wildlife, as well as being unsightly. Dispose of your waste properly, to do your part in maintaining this beautiful natural area.
- No camping, open fires, alcohol or motorized vehicles. Mount Work is meant only for day use, by hikers and cyclists, to minimize possible damage to the park’s environment.
By bearing these simple guidelines in mind, you can help ensure that a visit to Mount Work Regional Park is enjoyable for everyone, and that the park is kept in good condition for years to come.