Spectacle Lake in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Photograph by Mark Gustafson.
Found about an hour northwest of Victoria, Spectacle Lake was given its name for its shape, which resembles a pair of glasses (spectacles).
Spectacle Lake through the trees.
The lakes unique location, ease of access and developed facilities make it a favourite stop for families between Victoria and Nanaimo. There are picnic tables close to the parking lot, and an easy 2-kilometre, well-maintained hiking trail circles the lake.
Expect to find mature forest and wetlands, and wooden bridges over a few creeks feeding into the lake. Gaze through the clear water and you might see crayfish scuttling along the lake bottom. A boat launch is available at Spectacle Lake for carry-in boats.
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Watch the forest glide by as you swim through clean, warm waters on a hot summer’s day. Admire the wildflowers as you hike to a secluded lake, or spend a sunny afternoon with the whole family on the beach.
From fishing for trout with eagles overhead to enjoying a peaceful morning at the lake shore, the lakes of southern Vancouver Island are a fantastic way to get outside.
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