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Spectacle Lake
Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is located at the top of the Malahat on Vancouver Island 18 km (11 miles) north of Langford and 14 km (8.5 miles) south of Mill Bay on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Travelling Here
Travel on Hwy 1 towards the Malahat on southern Vancouver Island. Once on the summit of the Malahat, look for the turnoff for the park on Whittaker Road and follow the sign on Cedarwood Street to the parking lot.

Saw Mill
The park at Spectacle Lake is established extensively around an area that served historically for logging and with a saw mill operating between 1920 and 1930 with some minor operations up until 1940. During this time, the spring-fed lake was dammed so that the logs could be sorted, boomed, and stored before being milled into timber and lumber. Now co-managed by the CVRD and BC Parks, Spectacle Lake Provincial Park serves as an area where nearby residents can enjoy outdoor recreation, including swimming in the summer, and, depending on the thickness, ice skating in the winter.

Day-Use Area
This park offers a visitor day-use area that includes a 2 km (1.3 miles) trail that circles around Spectacle Lake, is wheelchair accessible on the east side, a boat launch for kayaks, canoes, and car-toppers, picnic tables, pit-toilets, some rock outcrops and a small sandy beach. There is no designated swimming area, and as with all BC Parks, there are no lifeguards present and swimming is at your own risk.

With the appropriate licence, you can find some angling opportunities for stocked Cutthroat trout and Eastern Brook trout. Please check current regulations before fishing.

Provincial Campgrounds Nearby
There is no camping allowed at Spectacle Lake Provincial Park, with the nearest provincial campground being either at Bamberton, 11 km (7 miles) to the north, or Goldstream, 13 km (8 miles) to the south on Hwy 1. Both of these campgrounds are quite large with some sites available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.


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Spectacle Lake Provincial Park
Spectacle Lake Provincial Park


Wheelchair Accessible Section of Trail


Rock Outcrop
Rock Outcrop


Trail Over Wooden Bridge
Trail Over Wooden Bridge

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