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Gonzales Bay

Gonzales Bay is a small bay with one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on Vancouver Island. The beach is often quiet and peaceful. Walking on the Gonzales Bay beach near the ocean can help to release the world's anxiety. The cool waves of the ocean refresh your feet and wash away the tracks. Lie on the beach and see the peaks of Olympic Mountain and enjoy the Mediterrane climate. The blue sky gets orange in the afternoon, and the sun seems to meet the water making photogenic scenery. While you are on Gonzales Bay, there is a view of the highest point of the south coast of Vancouver Island, "Gonzales Hill." It offers a stunning ocean view and incredible nature. The area is so lovely in spring when the wildflowers bloom in the Garry oak meadows.


Gonzales Bay Location

Gonzales Bay is located south of Vancouver Island near Victoria. Several magnificent landmarks are situated in the Gonzales Bay area to visit. Craigdarroch Castle is a unique historical place that was built in 1890. Take a tour there to be surprised by the gorgeous stained glass, amazing woodwork, old-time furnishings, and various clothes. Abkhazi Garden and tea house, located north of Gonzales Beach, is another place worth seeing. It is a beautiful little naturalized garden in the Fairfield area of Victoria built by a Georgian prince and his wife. Beacon Hill Park offers a breathtaking garden and beautiful peacocks less than 3 km (1.86 miles) away from Gonzales Bay. Walking, jogging, and riding bikes are available at the park.


How to Get to Gonzales Bay by Car

From Nanaimo:
Getting to Gonzales Bay from Nanaimo is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S. The whole route is 116 km (72.07 miles) and takes about an hour and a half.
Take Wallace St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S for 550 meters (1804.46 ft). Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S to Bay St in Victoria and drive 110 km (68.35 miles). Continue on Bay St. Take Richmond Rd to Foul Bay Rd, and after 5.2 km (3.23 miles), you will reach Gonzales Bay.

From Victoria:
The fastest route from Victoria to Gonzales Bay is Johnson St and Richmond Ave. It is 4.7 km (2.92 miles) and takes about 10 minutes.
First, head south on Broad St toward Johnson St for 94 meters (308.399 ft). Turn left onto Johnson St and after 1.8 km (1.11 miles), turn right onto Pandora Ave. Continue for 450 meters (1476.38 ft) and follow Oak Bay Ave for 500 meters(1640.42 ft). Turn right onto Richmond Ave and drive 1.3 km (0.8 miles). Turn left onto Fairfield Rd and after 220 meters (721.785 ft), turn right onto Foul Bay Rd. Go on for 350 meters (1148.29 ft) to see Gonzales Bay on your right side.


The Hike to Get to Gonzales Bay

There isn't any registered hiking trail to reach Gonzales Bay.


History of Gonzales Bay

Gonzales Bay was known as Foul Bay in the past. The bay was named Gonzales because of the Spanish explorer Gonzalo Lopez de Haro. In 1970, he did help to chart waters around Vancouver Island. The Haro Strait and Haro Rd on Ten Mile Point also were named after him. Joseph Despard Pemberton, the first colonial land surveyor, built a house in this region and named Gonzales. The home stood at St. Charles and Rockland for almost 100 years before being demolished in 1952.


Things to do around the Gonzales Bay Area

As Gonzales Bay is placed near Victoria, there are lots of things to do. Several cycling paths in Victoria make it possible to explore the city. Gonzales Bay is famous for its great kayaking and swimming. It offers a beautiful sandy beach for you to go to sunbathe and relax, and children to use the playground and do their favourite hobbies. Be ready to start an adventure in the sky! Clover Point Anglers Association is only 2.4 km (1.49 miles) away, the best spot for paragliding on the south coast of Vancouver Island. While you are up in the sky, enjoy every minute with the ocean and city view. There is still more to explore on earth. Many restaurants and clubs with delicious food and entertainment are near Gonzales Bay.

List of Bays Near Gonzales Bay

McNeil Bay

McNeil Bay

Gonzales Bay

Gonzales Bay

Gonzales Bay Activities

 Hang gliding and Paragliding

Clover Point Anglers Association is like heaven for paragliders. Paragliding near the ocean with that incredible view will be unforgettable.

Windsurfing

With a 1.6 km (0.9 miles) distance from Gonzales Bay, McNeill Bay is one of the best spots for windsurfing because of the strong winds that blow here.

Paddle Boarding

You can experience a great time by paddleboarding on McNeil Bay.

Swimming

Swimming is a popular activity on most beaches, and Gonzales Beach is one of them. Feel floating on the water and being weightless can help to release stress.

Cycling

Victoria is known as a cycling capital. Explore the city with many paths that exist around Gonzales Bay and nearby parks like Beacon Hill Park.

Fishing

Exactly like other bays in Victoria, Gonzales Bay is where you can enjoy salmon fishing.

Kayaking

Exploring the ocean with a kayak is an excellent activity you can do with family members in Gonzales Bay.

What you Can Expect to Do Near Gonzales Bay

Victoria Diving

Victoria Diving

Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club Whale Watching

Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club Whale Watching

Van Isle Marina Whale Watching

Van Isle Marina Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

Cattle Point Storm Watching

Cattle Point Storm Watching

Saxe Point Park Storm Watching

Saxe Point Park Storm Watching

Clover Point Storm Watching

Clover Point Storm Watching

Victoria Storm Watching

Victoria Storm Watching

Gonzales Bay Outline

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1. The numbers are estimated on average.

What you Can Expect to See Near Gonzales Bay

Spiral Beach

Spiral Beach

McNeil Bay

McNeil Bay

Langford

Langford

Gonzales Bay

Gonzales Bay

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum

Miniature World

Miniature World

Willows Beach

Willows Beach

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Sitting Lady Falls

Sitting Lady Falls

Florence Lake Cave

Florence Lake Cave

Victoria

Victoria

Abkhazi Garden

Abkhazi Garden

Planning for Gonzales Bay

Suitability

Camping & Resort

Services

Tips

Packing

1. Dogs are permitted to be off-leash only from September through May.



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