Discover Wake Boarding and Water Skiing on Vancouver Island
Although Vancouver Island is known around the world for its seaside activity it also has a variety of pristine lakes to enjoy. Fed by the snows of the Vancouver Island mountain ranges and excellent annual rainfalls, clean and beautiful fresh water lakes present wake riders with abundant opportunities. Both wake boarders and water skiers will find a plethora of fresh water playgrounds on which to tow their lines. Below are just a few of the best watersports lake destinations.
Being 30 km (19 miles) long and about 4 km (2.5 miles) wide makes Cowichan lake one of the largest on Vancouver Island. The community of Lake Cowichan rests on its eastern shores and the small village of Youbou can be found along its northern shores. The larger town of Duncan is close by 28km east of the lake. Cowichan Lake is known for its extraordinary clarity and pure water. Tow Rope Watersports located at the Cowichan Lake Marina services visiting lake riders.
About 50 km (30 miles) north from Victoria just outside the community of Cobble Hill you will find this emerald jewel. Shawnigan Lake is a popular escape for Victoria city dwellers and other vacationers doubling its population of eight thousand in the summer months. Visit Wake Entity for wake surf and wake boarding lessons and local tips.
Located just a short drive from the eclectic Village of Cumberland this 9km long glacier fed lake warms up in the summer to host eager wake riders. For wake boat charters and lessons check out Wake the Lake Wakesurf School.
This four armed, 25 km long lake has about 300kms of shoreline and is home to 3 provincial parks making it a perfect watersports destination. Found just outside of the central city of Port Alberni, Sproat Lake is within arms reach of amenities and hosts the BCWSA PRO/AM Wakeboard Tour at the beginning of August.