About This Park
Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is home to mature forest, lake and wetlands. Located northwest of Victoria, in the Nanaimo Lowlands Ecosection, this park is one of few accessible freshwater lakes that allows fishing, swimming and in the winter, skating.
This park offers day-use opportunities for swimming in a spring-fed lake, fishing for Eastern brook trout and Cutthroat trout, and an easy hiking trail that winds around the lake for more than 2 kilometres. Much of this trail system is wheelchair accessible. The main trail also unofficially links up to various regional trails outside of the park boundaries. In the winter, Spectacle Lake is one of the first to freeze, supplying a reliable skating site if temperatures are cold enough.
Please note: This park is cooperatively managed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Services and facilities may differ from those offered in other BC Parks.
Established Date: November 13, 1963
Park Size: 67 hectares
Know Before You Go
- No campfires permitted.
- Pets must be on a leash at all times.
Location and Maps
Nature and Culture
- History: The area around Spectacle Lake was logged prior to 1960, and the region has a rich logging history. An old plant logging road to Oliphant Lake passes to the west of the park. Spectacle Lake was also the site of a sawmill in the 1940s, when the lake was dammed and used to boom logs.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Activities Available at this Park
This lake offers the only Eastern Brook trout fishing on Vancouver Island. It is also regularly stocked with Cutthroat trout. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.