Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is cooperatively managed by the Province of BC and the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Bring your binoculars and camera when you visit, as this is a scenic place with a trail that leads through numerous ecosystems to explore.
There are plenty of birds to watch and listen to in the surrounding forests. The park features a sand beach with picnic tables, and other viewpoints and benches found along the loop trail.
Historical records show that Spectacle Lake was used for skating as the lake would freeze over regularly in years past, however this does not happen often now – possibly a sign of climate change. The lake has also been home to a rare species of fish, eastern brook trout, however there have been few reports of these fish here in recent years.
You may not be able to see past the trees in the park, but listen closely and you’ll notice a difference in the way sound echoes when you are there. The area immediately surrounding the lake is largely clear cut, having originally been logged prior to the 1960s (before the park was established in 1963). It is likely that the area surrounding the park will be developed as residences in the years to come.
Spectacle Lake itself has a rich history of logging and was the site of a sawmill in the early 1900s, which was located on the rocky outcrop close to the main beach. Still to this day, a layer of sawdust lies underneath the main beach and parts of the lake bottom.
Did you know?
Spectacle Lake was named after its shape, which resembles a pair of eyeglasses. Its neighbours, Heart Lake and Stocking Lake, found close to Ladysmith, also take their names from the shape of their perimeters.
For trail maps, access information, and much more, get your copy of the Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook.