Sproat Lake Petroglyphs

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Sproat Lake Petroglyphs which includes a lake or waterhole and a pebble beach

Examine these astonishing First Nations carvings, set in a park of rugged beauty where you can camp, hike, swim or simply relax and reflect on nature.

The Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, a series of captivation etchings, are a must-see attraction for any visitor to central Vancouver Island. See their beauty and complexity in person and you may well find this humbling experience a highlight of your vacation. View the petroglyphs early in the day then spend the afternoon hiking, swimming, participating in watersports and taking advantage of the many delights of Sproat Lake Provincial Park.

Part of the appeal of the petroglyphs lies in their mystery. Their exact age is not known. Similar petroglyphs have been found to have been created as recently as the early 20th century, while others date back several thousand years. The petroglyphs were created by First Nations people, who used traditional methods to mark the rock with beautiful nature-inspired images. Stand on the viewing platform and study the dancing images of ocean life, mammals and possibly some fantastical creatures too.

If you have the time, the park is worth more than just a daytrip. Set up your tent at one of the two campgrounds provided to facilitate longer stays. Spend your time here walking the trails, swimming, fishing or simply relaxing.

Sproat Lake Provincial Park is the also the place to come if you are looking for more thrilling activities. Explore the world beneath Sproat Lake, sighting a marvelous array of water-dwelling life, on a freshwater scuba diving trip. Or, take the chance to go waterskiing in one of the grandest environments imaginable, with stunning scenery rising up on all sides of you as you reach high speeds.

From Port Alberni, drive 15 minutes west to reach Sproat Lake Provincial Park. Leave your car in the parking lot from where it’s a short walk to the petroglyphs. As with most of the region’s parks, campers should book ahead, especially during the summer months.

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"The Guest House" on beautiful Sproat Lake!
"The Guest House" on beautiful Sproat Lake!
Port Alberni, BC
The price is ¥15,420 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Located on the beach, this family-friendly cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, Raptors Centre, and Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
We really enjoyed our stay at Martin & Janis’s place. Great hosts and great accommodations.
"The suite was very well stocked with everything you need. The lake front area was a fabulous place to hang out and cool off. We will return to this peaceful lovely place."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

"The Guest House" on beautiful Sproat Lake!
Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic getaway for Couples
Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic getaway for Couples
Port Alberni, BC
This Port Alberni cottage is on the beach, 1.9 mi (3 km) from Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (46 reviews)
Beautiful setting
"Just steps to the water. Perfect for kayaking beautiful Sproat Lake. Cabin is well equipped with everything you'll need. One warning: your phone signal may not work and I neglected to check the details on Vrbo re: how to check in before I arrived. Travellers should make sure to check that info first. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic getaway for Couples
Sproat Lake waterfront Suite with private dock
Sproat Lake waterfront Suite with private dock
Port Alberni, BC
Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, Raptors Centre, and Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"It was very clean, the kitchen is very well equipped, the bbq is great, kayak and paddle boards are awesome, fire pit is super cool, we really liked this place"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Sproat Lake waterfront Suite with private dock
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
3 out of 5
4277 Stamp Ave, Port Alberni, BC
The price is ¥11,013 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic getaway for Couples
Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic getaway for Couples
Port Alberni, BC
Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic getaway for Couples
"The Guest House" on beautiful Sproat Lake!
"The Guest House" on beautiful Sproat Lake!
Port Alberni, BC
The price is ¥15,420 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
"The Guest House" on beautiful Sproat Lake!
Sproat Lake waterfront Suite with private dock
Sproat Lake waterfront Suite with private dock
Port Alberni, BC
Sproat Lake waterfront Suite with private dock
Sproat lake family retreat<br>Pets are welcome!
Sproat lake family retreat<br>Pets are welcome!
Port Alberni, BC
Sproat lake family retreat<br>Pets are welcome!
Take a deep breath........unwind and let the natural beauty take you away.......
Take a deep breath........unwind and let the natural beauty take you away.......
Port Alberni, BC
Take a deep breath........unwind and let the natural beauty take you away.......
Sproat Lake Landing Resort
Sproat Lake Landing Resort
3.5 out of 5
10695 Lakeshore Rd, Port Alberni, BC
Sproat Lake Landing Resort
Beaufort Range Getaway
Beaufort Range Getaway
Port Alberni, BC
Beaufort Range Getaway
Floating Cabin Great Central Lake Vancouver Island
Floating Cabin Great Central Lake Vancouver Island
Port Alberni, BC
Floating Cabin Great Central Lake Vancouver Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.