Spider Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- Campfires are not allowed in this park.
- Due to health authority regulations, BC Parks has removed the drinking water hand pump from the day-use area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
About This ParkOne of the best picnic sites in the area, Spider Lake features a small sandy beach perfect for water lovers of all ages on a hot summer day.
The warm water of Spider Lake is noted for its excellent canoeing, kayaking and swimming and the park is an idyllic spot for a quiet family outing. Paddlers can spend a peaceful afternoon exploring the shoreline and the many secluded bays of this lake, located west of Qualicum Beach on central Vancouver Island.
Spider Lake is stocked with small mouth bass and rainbow trout, providing fishing opportunities year-round. Powerboats are prohibited but small car-top boats and canoes and kayaks can be launched from the beach next to the park’s small parking lot. Boats can also be launched from a steep banked causeway outside of the park.
Established Date: June 18, 1981
Park Size: 64.59 hectares
- Pets must be on a leash at all times in the park and are not allowed on beach areas.
- Powerboats are PROHIBITED on Spider Lake.
- The main parking lot and day-use area are closed from October 1 to May 14 of each year. Please use the small parking lot during this period.
- Camping is not permitted at this park. Camping opportunities are available at a private campground located adjacent to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, approximately 10 km away.
- The park does not offer a boat launch. Small boats, canoes and kayaks can be put in the water at the small day-use area located off Lakeview Road less than 1 km before the main park entrance.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nearby communities include: Qualicum, Parksville, Nanaimo, Comox Valley.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF] for Spider Lake Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
White-nose Syndrome is a fungal disease that has been linked to the mass die-off of hibernating bats in Eastern North America – it poses a significant threat to bats of the west and British Columbia. There is evidence that humans have accelerated the spread through entering caves with contaminated clothing, gear or equipment. Therefore, prevention strategies are focussed on public education/awareness to prevent the introduction of the fungus through human activities. There are currently (as of June 2011) no reported cases of WNS in B.C.
To ensure the protection of bats and their habitat in this park, BC Parks strongly advises that personal caving gear that has been used anywhere east of the Rockies not be used in B.C. Also, before entering caves in B.C, cavers and visitors should consult the provincial WNS website, which includes a link to a Decontamination Protocol for Mines and Caves.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
A smaller day-use area, open year-round, can be found off Lakeview Road less than 1 km before the main park entrance. This area has two picnic tables, a pit toilet and parking for up to 8 vehicles. Small boats, canoes and kayaks can be easily launched from this location.