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British Columbia boasts more than 20,000 lakes from the well-known, such as the Bowron Lakes canoe circuit, to the innumerable alpine lakes that dot the 10 major mountain ranges in the province and the long bodies of water in the valleys between them. There are remote adventures awaiting on the lakes of such regions as Northern BC and the Kootenay Rockies as well as easy-to-access waters beside wineries, hot springs, and quaint communities. Whether you’re looking for a casual afternoon paddle or a multi-day circuit, BC lakes are sure to float your boat.

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Discover some of BC’s best lakes.

Alice Lake

The Alice Lake provincial park is 12 kilometres north of Squamish and includes its namesake lake as well as three others that are perfect for canoeing and stand up paddle boarding.


Arrow Lakes

This is where the largest Kokanee fish in the world was caught. Need we say more?


Bowron Lake

This 116-kilometer-long chain of lakes and connecting portages needs no introduction as it’s one of the most popular in Western Canada.


Heffley Lake

Thirty minutes from downtown Kamloops, on the scenic road to Sun Peaks Resort, you’ll find this mountainside lake that boasts crystal clear water and an abundance of wildlife.


Kamloops Lake

This picturesque lake just west of Kamloops is 29 kilometres and lined with unique hoodoo formations, which are pinnacles of weathered rock.

Photo provided by Swim Guide

Kawkawa Lake

Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscape of British Columbia’s Cascade Mountains, Kawkawa Lake is a former provincial park and offers exploration and fishing by canoe, kayak or paddleboard.


Kelowna Paddle Trail

If you want to explore part of the trail or test your stamina and paddle the whole trail, it’s up to you, but be sure to bring a waterproof camera and take in the beautiful sights from the water.


Williams Lake (Waterway)

Williams Lake is also known as the "Sugarcane Reserve" located around the east end of the lake. It is fed by the northwest-flowing San Jose River and drained to the Fraser River via the Williams Lake River.

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