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Lakes in BC

The abundance of lakes and rivers around British Columbia provide a wealth of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Make your way to the shorelines of Cultus Lake to see the forested mountains around the lake and enjoy a delicious meal at a lakeside restaurant. This warm freshwater lake offers plenty of opportunities for picnicking and is also a polar destination for the polar bear plunge.

Enjoy outdoor activities and sports year round at Shuswap Lake in central British Columbia. It stretches across mountainous regions and offers plenty of opportunities for boating, canoeing, scuba diving, and hiking. You can also explore the charming lakeside towns of Sicamous and Salmon Arm here.

Lake Okanagan in the Okanagan Valley offers plenty of stunning views as you go boating or head off on a fishing adventure. Head to the beach to soak up some sunshine and enjoy exploring some of the lakeside towns and communities to make the most of your visit.

Cultus Lake Provincial Park

Located an hour's drive east of Vancouver and just south of Chilliwack, Cultus Lake and its shorelines are full of recreational opportunities.

Surrounding by beautiful forested mountains, this warm freshwater lake greets visitors with large picnicking areas and boat ramps - water skiing, fishing, wind surfing and hiking are popular activities here.

Visitors can also spend the day golfing, eating at one of the many lakeside restaurants, going horseback riding, cycling, and seeking out interpretative programs scattered throughout the park.

Don't forget to check for events – polar bear plunges and Easter Egg hunts are just a few of the yearly happenings.

Shuswap Lake

The heart of recreational Shuswap Country, Shuswap Lake offers outdoor activities and water based sports during all four seasons. The lake itself, located in central British Columbia, consists of four arms forming a letter H, and stretches across stunning mountainous terrain. Away from the lake, visitors can plan a relaxing stay at the lakeside towns of Salmon Arm and Sicamous.

Enjoy simple pleasures at one of the lake's many docks and beaches, or from the deck of floating houseboats and platforms. Canoeing, kayaking, boating, and scuba diving opportunities nicely complement the biking, hiking, skiing, paddling, and rafting activities surrounding the lake.

Lake Okanagan

Beauty abounds in Central British Columbia. When traveling in this picturesque area of the province, be sure to visit Lake Okanagan, in the Okanagan Valley.

This 135km long lake stretches to nearly five km wide in some areas and reaches a depth of up to 232 meters deep.

Post-glacial sediment from the Pleistocene Epoch era can still be found in the lake. Visitors to the south end of the lake, will see the water flowing over the dam and draining into the Okanagan River.

Many cities surround this impressive lake. Vernon is to the north, Kelowna is to the east, Penticton is to the south and West Kelowna is on the west side of the lake.

Enjoy a day at the lake by relaxing on one of the many beaches around the lake, swimming in the water, boating on the water or fishing for rainbow trout. Some legends claim that the lake is home to Ogopogo, a lake monster.