Known locally as "The Quarry," Kingzett Lake is an abandoned limestone quarry on the Malahat. Once an active quarry, it operated most recently between 1953 and 1979 and officially closed in 1980. The closure meant that pumps no longer drained water, and within a couple of years a lake was created by an underground spring. Its mineral-rich waters tinge the lake with extra-enticing shades of blue. Remnants of old mining wells and walls may be found in the area as well. If the lake is low, it may be possible to see old equipment on the bottom of the lake. Despite its industrial past, the lake is perfectly safe to swim in, and it sees heavy traffic during hot summer afternoons.
A trip to the lake from Victoria should take less than hour. From Victoria, Malahat Drive is highly scenic in itself, passing the Van Isle rainforest and glimpses of the Saanich Inlet and the Goldstream River. A stop along the Goldstream River may be a fun addition during the fall, when there is a salmon run between October and November. Follow the signs for Goldstream Provincial Park to reach Kingzett Lake.
Note that Malahat Gas always has prices much lower than in town and can be worth the wait to fill up. It is much easier to stop on the way up rather than the way down. Some areas are marked private property, but this area is very active for recreational use. There are no restroom facilities here.
Kingzett Lake is possible to visit any time of year, although it sees its heaviest traffic in the summer. As the colours change through the seasons, the lake's striking grey rock and blue water are worth a visit anytime.