Alice Lake Loop Tour

This area offers one of the best opportunities in Canada to view features typical of a fascinating landform known as karst. Named for a region in Europe’s Balkans where it was first studied, karst is a landscape largely formed by water action in soluble bedrocks, notably gypsum and carbonates such as limestone and marble.

Stop at the feature sites, the Eternal Fountain and the Devil’s bath to get a closer look at these formations. Interpretive signage will help explain the process that has shaped these features.

Park Highlight:

A chance to wonder at the marvels of planet earth!

Visit the Eternal Fountain, a soothing waterfall that appears out of a ledge and splashes down into a rocky gap in the ground beneath your feet, and Devil’s Bath, an intriguing geologic example of a flooded sinkhole, this is one of Canada’s largest.

Closest Communities:

North end of the loop, Port McNeill, full-service
South end of the loop Port Alice, full-service

Getting there:

From the Island Highway (Hwy 19), take the Keogh turn off south onto a gravel logging road – this is a wide industrial intersection just north of Port McNeill; shortly after turning onto the Keogh road, you will see a large directional sign with a map of the Alice Lake Loop; choose your route from here

Driving Distances:

A full loop circuit, depending on the route you take, will be approximately 100 km. This route is accessed by gravel logging road so driving time for the loop will be approximately 2.5 hours. The feature karst sites have lots to explore and short hiking trails so make sure you give yourself enough time explore!

Nearby Parks and Recreations Sites

Port Alice Seawalk

Enjoy strolling the Seawalk in Port Alice, a wheelchair-accessible pathway that follows the community’s coastline. Have a picnic, hike a short distance to Walk-out Island when the tide is lo, and don’t forget the binoculars.

Port Alice Boat Launch

Public launching facilities in Port Alice offer easy ocean access for travelers towing their own boats. This thriving community is the most southerly access point to Quatsino Sound and gives kayakers, scuba divers and charter fishing crews access to the open Pacific Ocean.