As summer winds down, you may be craving a somewhat secluded getaway close to home. Popular lakes and rivers are busier than ever in the August heat, so here are a few places to cool down in the Fraser Valley that are relatively under the radar.
For those who have a large group and are looking for convenience, this is the spot to go. Whonnock Lake is a small body of water found in the middle of Maple Ridge. With barbeque pits, concession stands, rental services, and access to swimming areas, it’s the perfect getaway. The small community lake is a quite accessible and only a short distance from the highway. If your crowd needs to mix it up, the entrance to a rhododendron garden is on the west side of the lake.
If you are looking for a short hike and stunning view, Lindeman Lake is your next destination. This beautiful area is the first stop on the way up to Green Lake. While the drive to the trailhead is a bit long, the hike to the lake is only around 45 minutes at a good speed. The trail will reach the southern part of the lake, but there is beach access on the west side for those who dare the cool water. The hard work is well worth the view. Lindeman doesn’t disappoint in its scenery of high mountaintops and clear blue and green water.
Just west of Golden Ears is Pitt Lake, the perfect boating spot in the Lower Mainland. Tucked between tall trees are small streams and inlets, providing the perfect place for a secluded picnic or a quick swim. The boat access is near the parking lot on the southern end of the lake, but it is on the smaller side so it’s best to get there early. If you are still looking for more adventure after skimming the waves, there is a wildlife trail that follows the marsh just south of the lake.
Jones Lake is a bit of a trek getting up the logging road but worth the long haul. You can enjoy a float around on the lake for a few hours or even stay overnight at the very affordable campsites located on the north, south, and east side of the lake. With so many options, it’s easy to spread out and find your own space. This spot offers scenery in all directions, with tall evergreens and mountain ranges surrounding the water. The lake appears glass-like: smooth and easy to enjoy, especially for boating and fishing.