Turn The Quarry into an official Regional Park

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Let's face it, the quarry north of Shawnigan Lake, just off Thain Rd & Silver Mine Rd is the best worst kept secret on Vancouver Island. Every summer it keeps getting busier and busier because of social media posts and web publications about it. 

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, making it a perfect spot to swim and take some seriously stunning photos. Once those photos starting making the rounds online, it wasn't long before people starting visiting the quarry in ever-increasing numbers.

With the increase in traffic is an increased need for facilities to keep the quarry the clean, beautiful swimming spot we love to take Instagram photos of. For the most part, people do a good job of cleaning up after themselves, but the amount of sunscreen and other things that are ending up in the water can’t be good. And with more people trying to visit, it’s got to be a major pain for the people that live around there to have to deal with the increase in traffic. 

Garbage cans, bathroom facilities, walking trails, proper parking, and long-term research needs to begin to ensure that the human impact on the ecosystem that calls the quarry home is kept minimal.

The quarry is private property that should be turned into a proper regional park or at least a protected are. Now I’ll be completely honest, I don’t know what the proper channels are to initiate this change. I’m hoping that by getting the word out, it will hopefully connect with the right people to get things going in the right direction. 

In conclusion, the quarry is amazing and everyone should get to enjoy it properly and safely. More and more people are going to it every year and the longer it takes, the more it’s going to negatively impact the people and the local ecosystem. 

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