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Lakes and Summer Water Activities in Pemberton, BC

One Mile Lake Pemberton Stand Up Paddleboarding

Photo Credit: Dave Steers

Nestled in the heart of British Columbia, Pemberton is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts, particularly those who enjoy water activities. Surrounded by stunning lakes and rivers, the area offers many opportunities to explore nature, enjoy various water sports, and relax by the water.

Here's a comprehensive guide to Pemberton's best lakes and water activities during the summer.

Swimming Spots

Pemberton's lakes provide some of the best swimming experiences in the region. One Mile Lake, located just on the outskirts of Pemberton, features a small beach and park area, perfect for a family day out. 

Mosquito Lake Pemberton

Mosquito Lake and Ivey Lake, situated at the top of Ried Road, are also excellent for swimming. Further north towards D’Arcy, you’ll find Anderson Lake, Gates Lake, and Birkenhead Lake. Birkenhead Lake boasts a large beach area, making it a popular destination for families looking to enjoy a day by the water. 

Additionally, Lillooet Lake offers multiple great swimming and camping spots with stunning views. Some popular camping locations along Lillooet Lake include Strawberry Point, Twin One, Twin Two, Lizzie Bay, and Driftwood Bay.

Boating Adventures

Boating is a favourite pastime in Pemberton, and there's no better place to start than Anderson Lake. Located in D'Arcy, Anderson Lake is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and picturesque scenery. Boating enthusiasts can access the lake via a public dock at the south end, making it an ideal spot for water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing.

Jet Boating Pemberton

Jet Boat Tours

Get ready to experience the thrill of jet boating at Whistler Jet Boating in Pemberton. Navigate through braided river channels and exciting white water in a custom-built jet boat, exploring the pristine waterways of the Coastal Mountains. Trips depart three times daily from May to September, welcoming adventurers of all ages. For a more personalized experience, private tours are also available.

Canoeing, Kayaking, and Paddle Boarding

For those who prefer paddling, Pemberton offers several excellent spots for canoeing and kayaking. Birkenhead Lake, Anderson Lake, and Lillooet Lake are popular choices.

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has gained popularity in Pemberton, particularly at One Mile Lake, where rentals are available throughout the summer at the Paddle Barn. Paddleboarding is accessible for all ages and skill levels, making it a fantastic activity for the entire family.

Whitewater Rafting

For adrenaline junkies, white water rafting on the Green River is a must. Wedge Whitewater Rafting offers tours that cater to different experience levels. The Green River, a Class 2-3 river, is suitable for families and beginners, offering spectacular mountain views and a thrilling yet safe adventure.

Summer Lake Things to do Pemberton

Photo Credit: Dave Steers

Water Safety Tips

While enjoying Pemberton's beautiful lakes and rivers, it's essential to prioritize safety to ensure a fun and incident-free experience. Always wear a life jacket when boating, kayaking, or paddleboarding, and make sure it fits properly. 

Keep an eye on weather conditions, as sudden changes can create dangerous situations on the water. River currents can fluctuate rapidly and often look less risky than they genuinely are. When swimming, choose designated areas and avoid venturing into unknown or deeper waters alone. 

For those engaging in whitewater rafting or other high-adrenaline activities, it's crucial to follow the instructions and guidelines provided by professional guides. You can safely enjoy all of Pemberton's water activities by staying vigilant and prepared.

Pemberton, BC, is a paradise for water activity enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of lakes and rivers to explore. Whether you're boating on Anderson Lake, swimming at Birkenhead Lake, or paddleboarding at One Mile Lake, there's a thrilling adventure waiting for everyone.

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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