Spectacle Lake Provincial Park


Park Size: 67 hectares
Trail Length: 2 Kilometres

Difficulty: Easy - Family
Park Amenities:
Boat Launch

Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is located south of the village of Mill Bay and Shawnigan Lake in the South Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The recreation park is a popular recreation destination in the summer and winter.


During the summer months Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is popular for canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, fishing and swimming. In the winter, if it gets cold enough, the lake freezes over and ice skating and ice fishing are the activities enjoyed. 

Spectacle Lake Provincial Park  measures 67 hectares consisting of wetlands, a lake and a forest.  The park is situated in the Malahat Mountain area north of Victoria, BC and south of the Cowichan Valley.  

Fishing is for trout from canoes, kayaks and row boats.  No motorized boats are permitted. There is a roof top boat launch in the parking lot. To fish in British Columbia you will require a fishing licence.

Circling the lake is a well maintained 2 kilometre wilderness hiking trail.  The walking path follows a dirt and boardwalk pathway along  the shore of the lake crossing over creeks and wetland marsh areas.  Connecting to the Spectacle Lake Trail are other connector trails leading to other destinations located outside of the park likr  Oliphant Lake, the Malahat Ridge, and the Hatchet Jack Lookout Point.

From the main parking lot in Spectacle Lake Park is an access trail leading to a small beach and day use picnic area.  


Spectacle Lake Provincial Park
Whittaker Road

How To Get ToSpectacle Lake Provincial Park

From Victoria travel the Malahat Highway (Hwy #1) north for approximately 35 kilometres. Drive past Goldstream Park and begin the climb up the Malahat Mountain towards the community of Mill Bay in the South Cowichan Valley. Look for the South Shawnigan Lake Exit sign. Do not turn here but continue to Whittaker Road and turn there. Continue to the park.
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