Sproat Lake Provincial Park has some of the best prehistoric petroglyphs found in BC. Created by First Nations people, these panels of ancient rock carvings are some of the finest in British Columbia.
This archaeological site called K’ak’awin offers nine ancient carvings available for viewing. The natural erosion over the years has taken its toll on the panels of prehistoric drawings, causing them to deteriorate and fade. The photo below, from the 1970s, clearly shows the difference caused over time by water runoff, water level changes, thawing and freezing.
The etchings look like they represent creatures from the lake; real or mythical. To reach the petroglyphs, take the pathway leading to the left of the main day use picnic and beach area of Sproat Lake. It is a short walk through the forest and along the shoreline to the viewing platform.
Historic Martin Mars Waterbombers
If you are lucky you will see one of the last remaining famous Martin Mars waterbombers. These aircraft were originally built for use during the Second World War. After the war, the vintage planes were put into use to help fight forest fires by dropping water or fire retardant. The Hawaii Mars is sitting in drydock at the lake, as shown in the picture below. Traditionally in years gone by, two of the these huge historic planes would have been seen sitting in the middle of the lake waiting to be called into action.
Sproat Lake outdoor activities
Sproat Lake Provincial Park offers a warm fresh water lake for swimming in the summer months. It is a popular spot to picnic, windsurf, waterski, fish, canoe or kayak. Find out more about the park.
There are two campsite areas in the park. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid disappointment. Download a park map.
Getting to Sproat Lake Provincial Park
Sproat Lake Provincial Park is located on Vancouver Island, off Highway #4, 13 km north of Port Alberni on the road to Pacific Rim National Park.
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