Main Lake Provincial Park
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campergirl
British Columbia, Canada2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Windy, buggy, lake bottom muddy, and leaches. Would not recommend and certainly not worth the expensive ferry ride.
Written April 23, 2021
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Wendy V
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada1,109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The lakes in this provincial park are perfect for kayaking and canoeing. It is totally worth the drive on washboard gravel road to get there. There is actually a canoe/'kayak route that you can take, with camping spots (at least 9) on the shores. There is a good little boat launch on Mine Lake, which leads into the other lakes. There is also a busier launch on Village Bay Lake, which also connects to the other lakes. The little campsites on the shore are beautiful and very private. The lakes are warm to swim in the summer. People are super friendly around there!
Written September 19, 2020
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Em364
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Terrible place. Too many bugs. Cold at night and wind on the lake that made boating very difficult. I would not recommend this place for families with small children, and certainly the weather can't be depended on. I didn't know there were black flies and horse flies on the coast of BC. Now I know!!!
Written July 10, 2018
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Jean S
Ashby de la Zouch, UK564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We stopped here briefly on our way elsewhere and what a wonderful location it is. We stood on the lake shore and there was not a sound anywhere. It was amazing. The information board makes it clear that this is wilderness country and has all sorts of useful information.
Written June 27, 2018
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Cyclotherapist
Portland, OR25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
Hiking in this beautiful park in the center of Quadra Island is a terrific experience. The dense rainforest is filled with ferns and all manner of green density. The lakes are fresh water and fine to paddle or take a swim.
Written September 26, 2016
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FarFlungStarling
Qualicum Beach, Canada1,014 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Access this park, dock and hiking trails by gravel roads actively traveled by logging trucks. The roads are narrow and wind so visibility is sometimes very limited. Drive slowly and use caution. We drove to the Surge Narrows Trail which is fairly challenging as it is narrow and overgrown, sometimes difficult to find and it requires some climbing over and around obstacles and up and down hills. Someone hung a pair of crutches over the sign at the trails entrance. Quite funny! The trail provides some scenic views out over Surge Narrows but most of it is bush wacking. The road down to the boat ramp is very steep - you need 4WD to use it.
Written June 16, 2016
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76AstonV8
Victoria, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Beautiful, tranquil, peaceful, quiet... a perfect place to escape! Main Lake is connected to Village Bay Lake via a shallow channel that snakes through reeds, which makes for an exciting adventure in a canoe, kayak or row boat. Main Lake has several great camping spots. Swimming is awesome too, with warm, clean water.
Written June 12, 2016
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Via_girl
Qualicum Beach, Canada3,004 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
This is the most amazing camping paradise! This provincial park is a series of 3+ interconnected lakes, some only accessible by boat. The camp spots are secluded and gorgeous, right on the lake. Here are some ideas for your trip.

You can park at Village Bay Lake and launch your boat or kayak at the dock here. Go past the cottages and take the connecting stream to Mine Lake. This will get you to the start of the camping areas. The campsites are well treed, have a toilet but no picnic tables. Some come with their own sandy beach. Depending on the time of year, you can scout out the spots and take the best one however, it can be quite busy in the summer and sometimes there are no spots left.

Another place where you can park and launch your boat is Mine Lake. There is no dock here but it provides closer access to the campsites. The parking lot however is small and often full.

There are some motor restrictions on these lakes. There are no services here (ie store or gas) so you need to bring all your supplies with you. The closest store is in Heriot Bay.

These lakes are perfect for kayaking, canoeing, swimming and fishing for trout. Be sure to check out the rock bluffs for diving on Village Bay Lake, a popular swimming spot.
Written November 9, 2014
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Jack M
Parksville, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Family
Quiet, beautiful, excellent campgrounds. A paddler's delight.
Easy access directly from the local road.
Written October 6, 2014
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B_Feldmann
Campbell River, Canada5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Visited this beautiful park, took out a boat and headed to 'Rock Island' based on the review from another trip advisor member (see below), was very worth it, and highly recommended!! Pretty peeved I didn't bring my fishing gear!
Written August 22, 2014
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