Victoria Lake is surely one of Vancouver Island’s greatest hidden treasures. This enchanting wilderness lake, surrounded by majestic forest covered hills, is a is one of the most enchanting island lakes I’ve yet encountered. While the lake can be very windy, particularly on a hot summer afternoon, the varied Southeastern shoreline provides plenty of sheltered bays and small islands that are well worth exploring. This is however is where you’ll find most of the cabins which were historically allowed by the forest companies operating out of Port Alice. Please be respectful of these as they are now privately owned. There are plenty of undeveloped spots to pull out for a picnic, a swim or possibly off-road camping.
Size: 1596.2 ha | 3944 ac | 16 km²
Direction: Driving toward the Village of Port Alice on Highway 30, turn left onto Southeast Main a few minutes from town. Following the signs to Spruce Bay Recreation Site, turn right onto Victoria Lake Main and follow for a distance turning right into the site.
Alternatively, carry on through the town of Port Alice and, just at the South end of the town, turn left onto Pumphouse Road. Follow Pumphouse Road all the way down to the old Victoria Lake Recreation Site (see Backroads Map Book VIBC46).
Blog Posts: Victoria Lake
- Anglers Atlas
- Backroads Map Book VIBC46 & VIBC37
- Spruce Bay Recreation Site
- GoHiking.ca – Victoria Lake
Victoria Lake Map