In our lakes, you may come across the Western Painted Turtle, a species at risk that is currently part of a conservation project. Sandy nursing beds are located at the roadside by Garden Bay Lake and Lillies Lake (on the highway) in an effort to prevent turtle fatalities on the roads. Information panels with more details are at each location.
If you’re lucky, you may also spot one of our many beavers, which like to make their homes in some of the low-lying swampy areas.
Amphibian & reptile lovers should also keep an eye out for some of the many types of garter snakes that like to sun themselves on rocks (and unfortunately roads) during summer months, as well as Northwestern alligator lizards, salamanders, newts, and the Pacific tree frog, among many other species.
The area is also a healthy habitat for insects in the summer, including a wide variety of sparkling dragonflies and damselflies, butterflies, bumblebees, mason bees, and honey bees, lacewings, beetles, and many more wonderful creepy crawlies. (Including mosquitos and the odd blackfly or two, unfortunately.)
Take a boat ride
and keep your eyes peeled for some of the many marine species in the area, including harbour seals, porpoises, sea otters, and more.
If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some of the transient whales that migrate through the area in spring and fall, including orcas and humpbacks.