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Sproat Lake Petroglyphs

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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Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic Getaway for Couples CA $149
Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic Getaway for Couples

Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic Getaway for Couples

8467 Bothwell Rd, Port Alberni, BC
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the beach, this romantic cottage is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Sproat Lake Petroglyphs and within 6 miles (10 km) of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Chase and Warren Winery and Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Sproat Lake 3 Bedroom Across From The Lake W/hot Tub
    Sproat Lake 3 Bedroom Across From The Lake W/hot Tub

    Sproat Lake 3 Bedroom Across From The Lake W/hot Tub

    8206 Dickson Dr, Port Alberni, BC
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Port Alberni, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Sproat Lake Petroglyphs and within 6 miles (10 km) of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Chase and Warren Winery and Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      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......

      Take a Deep Breath........unwind and let the Natural Beauty Take you Away......

      8728 Stirling Arm Drive, Port Alberni, BC
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on a lake, this romantic holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Chase and Warren Winery and Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink are also within 9 miles (15 km).

        Sproat Lake Landing Resort
        Sproat Lake Landing Resort

        Sproat Lake Landing Resort

        10695 Lakeshore Rd, Port Alberni, BC
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Chase and Warren Winery and Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          Million Dollar View! Clear, Clean Sproat Lake. $2200.00 Canadian/week
          Million Dollar View! Clear, Clean Sproat Lake. $2200.00 Canadian/week

          Million Dollar View! Clear, Clean Sproat Lake. $2200.00 Canadian/week

          10976 Taylor Arm Dr, Port Alberni, BC
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 4.3 mi (7 km) from Sproat Lake Petroglyphs and within 12 miles (20 km) of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Chase and Warren Winery and Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink are also within 12 miles (20 km).

            Cedar Wood Lodge Bed and Breakfast Inn and Conference Centre CA $99
            Cedar Wood Lodge Bed and Breakfast Inn and Conference Centre

            Cedar Wood Lodge Bed and Breakfast Inn and Conference Centre

            5895 River Rd (Pacific Rim Highway 4), Port Alberni, BC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the riverfront, this bed & breakfast is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Harbour Quay and Alberni Valley Museum. Canal Beach and Stamp River Provincial Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel CA $119
              Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel

              Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel

              4277 Stamp Ave, Port Alberni, BC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Port Alberni, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink and Alberni Pacific Railway are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Somass Motel CA $75
                Somass Motel

                Somass Motel

                5279 River Rd, Port Alberni, BC
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Port Alberni, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink and Alberni Pacific Railway are also within 3 miles (5 km).