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.
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.