If you're looking for the perfect spot to head to over the weekend, we've got the spot for you. A secluded lake with a hike where you can relax in the hot sun - what could be better?

This particular lake on Vancouver Island is surrounded by beautiful forestry, and is shaped like a heart!

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The aptly named Heart Lake is nestled just outside of Ladysmith, and is a beautiful and tranquil location with some of the most picturesque scenery on Vancouver Island.

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The lake is an easy hike along Holland Creek behind Ladysmith and then up a short, but quite steep section to Heart Lake. It is around a 6km round-trip hike, with all the trails well marked and visible - so it's hard to get lost!

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Once you are there, you can relax on the large rock by the waterside, or you can even swim in the lake if the weather is warm enough - the water is serene and crisp.

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Of course, it is hard to tell the lake is in the shape of a heart unless you are viewing it from above - however the novelty is there, and it is a beautiful lake with a beautiful name! It really is the perfect day trip from Vancouver.