Sproat Lake Provincial Park, Port Alberni

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Sproat Lake Provincial Park is a provincial park near Port Alberni in British Columbia, Canada's Vancouver Island. Its name derives from a lake named after 19th century entrepreneur and colonial official Gilbert Malcolm Sproat.PetroglyphsOne of the park's most significant features is a panel of petroglyphs called "K’ak’awin" on lakeshore rocks depicting mythological figures. Though little is known of the origin of the prehistoric images, the area has been traditionally occupied by the Hupacasath First Nation.Park featuresThe 39-hectare park on Highway 4 is 15 kilometres west of Port Alberni and is a popular recreation area featuring swimming and boating in Sproat Lake and camping. On the north shore of the lake, there is a popular boat launch, a small beach and 58 vehicle-accessible campsites in the park. The park is near the home base of Coulson Flying Tankers, which operates Martin Mars water bombers.
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  • This is a lovely area - clean and well-groomed We walked through the site in order to view the petroglyphs and were pleased to find them easily accessible from a little dock out into the water.  more »
  • A visit to Sproat Lake Provincial Park is good for the soul. Only a minute off Highway 4 with plenty of free parking and admission. A wonderful 43 hectare park and fresh-water lake, perfect for a summ...  more »
  • Sproat Lake is one of several attractive lakes located in this area of Vancouver Island. What adds even more interest is the base, at the lake's eastern end, of the huge World War Two-built Martin Mar...  more »
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  • Great sport to picnic, it's a bit on top of one another but cosy would be a good word to describe the lower camp grounds. The lake is great to swim and sunset is rather good, don't expect a lot of room for your stuff as the beach is rather small
  • I don't really understand the negative reviews here; it is a gorgeous lake and the water isn't as cold as Canadians waters are. It was pretty warm when I went and there aren't really a lot of places in the "sands" to sit. I can imagine how crowded it gets on a weekend but I'm sure you can walk more to get to more places, after all it's 300 km of shorelines. The view is really gorgeous and unexpected. The sand isn't really sand, but small rocks, so do wear some flipflops or something. Parking lot isn't that huge and I Didn't see signs of a parking fee.
  • Very nice clean campsites. Stay in the lower sites though. Its very close to the water
  • Nice Campground - sadly a fair amount of road noise from the highway in the Upper Campground. Great showers and new Toilets. Would go back just pick a spot further from the road.
  • Beautiful park, great place to stop for a picnic if you're so inclined

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