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4 Local Lakes For Swimming – BC Lower Mainland

We’re in Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan. Dr. Bonnie Henry and Premier John Horgan has given the green light to smart, safe and respectful travel within B.C.  Here are our suggestions for four lower mainland lakes for swimming.

Alouette Lake

Located in Golden Ears Provincial Park, Alouette Lake is a terrific lake for swimming and water sports. The park also has three large vehicle accessible campgrounds (Alouette campground, Gold Creek campground and North Beach campground)which have been very tough to get reservations in this summer, in fact the day the parks system opened for reservations the website nearly crashed from all the traffic.

The park has a sandy beach, grassy areas with picnic spots and pit and flush toilets. The park is open from April to October. Canoe/kayak/pedal boat rentals are available for rent in the Alouette (South Beach) day-use area on weekends only from May long weekend to late June and daily from late June to Labour Day (weather permitting). Please call the Park Operator at 604-466-8325 for more information about canoe rentals.  There are 5 different trails for hiking and some trails designated for biking.

Cultus Lake

Cultus is one of the most popular local lakes for swimming.  This warm freshwater lake is easily accessible and the scenery is gorgeous. The small community of Cultus Lake offers waterslides, two golf courses, bumper boats, go-carts, canoe, boat and jet ski rentals, marina, miniature golf, restaurants, stables, laundromat, stores and gas stations.  Avoid this place on the weekends if possible, it is always packed.

Lindeman Lake

Located in Chilliwack, Lindeman Lake isn’t as crowded as nearby Cultus Lake. It’s an easy hike in, and you’re rewarded by spectacular scenery and icy cold water.  On a hot day you’ll enjoy jumping in or at least soaking your feet.

Pitt Lake

About 16km from Vancouver, just north of Pitt Meadows, Pitt Lake at 25km long is the second-largest lake in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  Only the south end of the lake, at the Grant Narrows Regional Park, is accessible by car.  Rent a canoe and paddle to the Widgeon Falls campground area where you’ll find a terrific swimming hole at the bottom of a waterfall.