Schoen Lake Provincial Park is one of Vancouver Island’s best kept secrets when it comes to remote wilderness camping. The relatively untouched area is amazing to behold with lots of scenic shots of mountain tops and old growth forests. Old unmaintained trails still exist at various points around the lake and with a little exploration you can venture through the old growth forests to smaller bodies of water in the surrounding mountains.
The park itself covers more than 8429 hectares (20,828 acres) of wilderness with a Provincial Campground on the west side of the lake. Schoen Lake is approximately 5 km long and similar to a banana shape. The lake is very deep with the maximum depth at the north end of the lake recorded at 252′. Schoen Lake Provincial Park was established in 1977 as a way to protect the old growth forests and Roosevelt Elk summer range. An addition (259 hectares) to the park was created in 1995 near the Davie River watershed where the campsite now resides. [Read more…]