Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is cooperatively managed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. It is located thirty minutes north of Victoria and is the perfect spot for a break on your way down island. In summer it is good for swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing, and in winter for skating, providing the ice is thick enough (which it wasn’t when we visited in mid January).
The turn off is just south of the Malahat Summit and north of Shawinigan Lake Road, turn west off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Ebadora Lane. Go right on Whittaker Road.