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.

  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProScenic wilderness lake
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProBeautiful for a picnic
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProNice sandy beach
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProGreat swimming lake
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProRelaxing trail around the lake
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProYour dog will love the park!
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProRural location is very pretty
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConPretty lake, but not amazing
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConLoud parties occur frequently
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConLots of signs starting with No!

Victoria Hiking Trails

  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailAvatar Grove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailBear Hill  Easy Hiking TrailEast Sooke Park  Victoria Hiking TrailElk/Beaver Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailEsquimalt Lagoon  Easy Pay Hiking Trail VictoriaFort Rodd Hill  Easy Hiking TrailFrancis/King  Victoria Hiking TrailGalloping Goose  Easy Hiking TrailGoldstream Park  Easy Hiking TrailGowlland Tod  Easy Hiking TrailGrass Lake  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJohn Dean Park  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJuan de Fuca Trail  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Tree Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMill Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMount Douglas  Easy Hiking TrailMount Tolmie  Easy Hiking TrailSooke Potholes  Victoria Hiking TrailSpectacle Lake  Easy Hiking TrailThetis Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailWitty's Lagoon

The West Coast Trail

  Day 1 Pachena to Darling  Day 2 Darling to Tsusiat  Day 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah  Day 4 Carmanah to Walbran  Day 5 Walbran to Cullite  Day 6 Cullite to Camper  Day 7 Camper to Thrasher  CampsiteMichigan Creek at 12k  CampsiteDarling River at 14k  CampsiteOrange Juice Creek at 15k  CampsiteTsocowis Creek at 16.5k  CampsiteKlanawa River at 23k CampsiteTsusiat Falls at 25k  CampsiteCribs Creek at 42k  CampsiteCarmanah Creek at 46k  CampsiteBonilla Creek at 48k  CampsiteWalbran Creek at 53k  CampsiteCullite Cove at 58k  CampsiteCamper Bay at 62k  CampsiteThrasher Cove at 70k

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

  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailAvatar Grove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailBear Hill  Easy Hiking TrailEast Sooke Park  Victoria Hiking TrailElk/Beaver Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailEsquimalt Lagoon  Easy Pay Hiking Trail VictoriaFort Rodd Hill  Easy Hiking TrailFrancis/King  Victoria Hiking TrailGalloping Goose  Easy Hiking TrailGoldstream Park  Easy Hiking TrailGowlland Tod  Easy Hiking TrailGrass Lake  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJohn Dean Park  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJuan de Fuca Trail  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Tree Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMill Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMount Douglas  Easy Hiking TrailMount Tolmie  Easy Hiking TrailSooke Potholes  Victoria Hiking TrailSpectacle Lake  Easy Hiking TrailThetis Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailWitty's Lagoon

The West Coast Trail

  Day 1 Pachena to Darling  Day 2 Darling to Tsusiat  Day 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah  Day 4 Carmanah to Walbran  Day 5 Walbran to Cullite  Day 6 Cullite to Camper  Day 7 Camper to Thrasher  CampsiteMichigan Creek at 12k  CampsiteDarling River at 14k  CampsiteOrange Juice Creek at 15k  CampsiteTsocowis Creek at 16.5k  CampsiteKlanawa River at 23k CampsiteTsusiat Falls at 25k  CampsiteCribs Creek at 42k  CampsiteCarmanah Creek at 46k  CampsiteBonilla Creek at 48k  CampsiteWalbran Creek at 53k  CampsiteCullite Cove at 58k  CampsiteCamper Bay at 62k  CampsiteThrasher Cove at 70k

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

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Victoria Hiking Trails

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The West Coast Trail

The route from Darling River to Tsusiat Falls is just under 12 kilometres and quite a lot of that distance can be hiked on the beach. From Darling River you can take an inland route or walk along the beach. ...
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