Victoria Hiking Trails RatingSpectacle Lake Provincial Park is popular with hiking, fishing, canoeing and swimming.  Located north of Victoria, the drive to get there is very beautiful and well worth the drive just for the great stops on the way.  Thetis Lake Park and Goldstream Park are easily combined with Spectacle Lake in a one day hiking/sightseeing adventure.

  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsScenic wilderness lake
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsBeautiful for a picnic
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsNice sandy beach
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsGreat swimming lake
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsRelaxing trail around the lake
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsYour dog will love the park!
  • Pro's Victoria Hiking TrailsRural location is very pretty
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sPretty lake, but not amazing
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sLoud parties occur frequently
  • Victoria Hiking Con'sLots of signs starting with No!

Victoria Hiking Trails

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These two parks are on the way to Spectacle Lake and very convenient pit stops adding just minutes to the day or hours if wanted.  Spectacle Lake lays in a serene and tranquil forest setting that feels remote and far from civilisation.  The road that takes you to the lake is unexpectedly rural looking.

Not manicured and flowery like you see in Victoria.  Though manicured and flowery makes Victoria beautiful and scenic, finding a secret place like Spectacle Lake that is rough and wild is refreshing to see.  You get a powerful urge to crack a beer and cast a line from the idyllic rocky cliff across from the beach!

The sandy beach that greets you as you first see the lake was a somewhat recent addition.  The lovely sand covers a thick layer of sawdust from decades of logging in the area.  Spectacle Lake was a millpond for the sawmill located on the rocky outcrop adjacent to the sandy beach.  In the 1950's much of the forest you now see was cut and milled at this once thriving mill.  In the summer you will find this beach and much of the lake popular with people swimming and picnicking.

Spectacle Lake Provincial Park has a very nice 2 kilometre trail around the lake compete with wooden bridges and plenty to see.  The trail is popular for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.  Owing to the small size of the park and variety of recreation possibilities, you are greeted with several imposing signs.  No Campfires!  Stay on Trails!  No Motorized Vehicles!  No Overnight Camping!  Leash and Clean Up After Your Dog!  Another sign more politely states "Please remember that Regional Park Trails are designated for cyclists, hikers and horses only."  The pristine solitude of the park has evidently been shattered by loud parties and loud motorbikes frequently in the past to warrant all the signs.

Spectacle Lake is home to the only Eastern Brook trout fishing on Vancouver Island.  The lake is also stocked every spring with Cutthroat trout.  There are several excellent places to fish from the shore of the lake and the rocky point along the right hand side of the lake is a convenient favourite.  Occasionally you will see a fisherman in a belly boat fly fishing in the middle of the lake, but more often casting from the rocky point.  Getting a BC Freshwater Fishing License is easy and convenient to purchase online.

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Victoria Hiking Trails

Lone Tree Hill Regional Park is a wonderful, hidden bit of paradise deep in the hills of Victoria has a beautiful panoramic view from its summit.  The hike is ...
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Thetis Lake Regional Park is a very popular Victoria park that contains several lakes.  Lower Thetis Lake, Upper Thetis Lake, Prior Lake and further out, ...
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The Juan de Fuca Trail is a beautiful wilderness trail that hugs the west coast of Vancouver Island between Jordan River(north of Sooke) and Port Renfrew.  ...
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Bear Hill Regional Park is a nice hill trail, just north of Elk/Beaver Lake in Saanich.  It is an easy 2k hike to the summit where the views are ...
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Huge Douglas-fir trees and tremendous views are the highlights of this beautiful Provincial Park just 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, near Sidney.  ...
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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

Vargas Island Provincial Park is a popular Kayak camping destination due to its wonderful location close to Tofino.  It has wonderful, wilderness camping ...
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Hot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino.  Lots of whale watching companies offer whale watching/hot springs tours for very reasonable prices.  The ...
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The Nuu-chah-nulth (aka the Wickaninnish Trail), has the amazing distinction among all the other beach hikes in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor, in that it is flanked ...
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Radar Hill is absolutely one of the Tofino area sights not to be missed.  It's a quick and easy walk to the top and the views are beautiful.   Definitely one ...
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At 53 metres, Virgin Falls is quite an impressive sight.  You walk through the short, two minute forest trail to reach it and it fills your view.  It is ...
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The West Coast Trail

When shipping in and out of Juan de Fuca Strait rapidly increased in the mid 1800's and alarming and costly number of ships were lost, the need for a ...
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The West Coast Trail is incredible. Everything about it is amazing. From the wildly, incomprehensibly enormous trees to endless jaw dropping views. And ...
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The West Coast Trail hiking season is confined to just five months due to the dangerously stormy weather during the winter months. In the winter the days ...
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There are three entry/exit points for the West Coast Trail, however the midway entry/exit point at Nitinaht Narrows is for hikers only hiking part of the trail. ...
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There are lots of options to getting to the West Coast Trail. The trail is linear so you have to arrange to get to the trailhead as well as from your exit ...
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The West Coast Trail is a very tough hike. About one out of one hundred hikers don't make it, they need to be rescued. That's why there are so many fees. ...
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