Arbutus Park

Arbutus Park 2018
Beach area Picnicing areas Group Picnicking Playground areas Swimming Washroom Building Parking lot

Arbutus Park is one of the few swimming beaches that provide lifeguards during the summer months. Come swim in the beautiful clear water of Cowichan Lake and enjoy a picnic on the beach.  Washroom with change rooms are available.

Lifeguards are back this summer season.
July & August - Monday to Friday 
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Depending on what you would like to do, you may need to submit a Group Use Notification or a Field Trip Request.  Please use the table below to determine what type of group you are hosting and what approval you may need.

Swimming Lessons

For information on Cowichan Lake Recreation's swimming lessons please visit 

Public Group Use

Groups of 10 people or more looking to use Arbutus Park and the lifeguards on-duty, must submit a Group Use Notification Form.

While submitting a Group Use Notification does not grant you exclusive use of the park and lifeguards, knowing this information helps us to ensure park use remains within lifeguard capacity.

Summer Camps, Daycares and other organizations

We have lifeguard capacity to host summer camps and daycares on Fridays until August 25th, 2023. 

Please complete a Field Trip Request Form to reserve your space. 

Please contact CVRD Parks and trails for more information.  
  1. Activities/Amenities
  2. How to Get There
  • Beach
  • Swimming area with wharf
  • Picnic tables
  • Benches
  • Picnic shelter
  • Swing set
  • Parking
  • Washroom and change room (open year round)
  • Lifeguards on duty (seasonal)
  • First aid facility available (seasonal)