Pink clouds reflecting in a tide pool during sunset at Clover Point. (Photo by Heather K Jones)

Vancouver Island’s beaches are going to be looking a little dry this weekend as tides recede to some unusually low heights.

According to the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s seven-day tide forecast, tides in Victoria are expected to go as low as 0.1 metres at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 11.

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A seven-day tidal forecast for Victoria, showing tides getting as low as 0.2 metres on August 11. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Other parts of Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island will see similar low tides that same day.

The last time tides were this low was just a couple months ago, as tides receded to zero metres.

During that time, a pod of orcas made their way into Victoria’s Inner Harbour in search of prey.

If you can get out to a beach, you’re likely to see parts of the seabed that don’t often see  air for months—even years—at a time.

Here’s a list of when and where tides are lowest this Saturday:

  • Victoria: 9:45 a.m.
  • Port Renfrew: 7:39 a.m.
  • Sidney: 10:56 a.m.
  • Nanaimo: 12:12 p.m.
  • Sooke: 10:26 a.m.
  • Brentwood Bay: 11:34 a.m.
  • Cowichan Bay: 11:31 a.m.
  • Oak Bay: 9:59 a.m.
  • Port Alberni: 7:15 a.m. (Port Alberni tides will be particularly low, forecasted to register at negative 0.2 metres)

*All times based on forecast at time of writing.

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