Canada is a country with more than her fair share of lakes. In reality, eight percent of the country’s landmass is covered by the fresh water bodies. That’s a fact which puts Canada in prime position on the list of countries with the most surface area covered by lakes.
Lakes are beautiful and just as environmentally important as oceans, yet they remain pretty much uninvestigated. Yes, data is available on how big they are, what their depth is and there’s plenty of information on estimations of their volume. We know they play an important part in the hydrologic cycle, but what exactly lies beneath the waters is pretty much a mystery. The world takes lakes for granted. We shouldn’t. Lakes are amazing.
If you really want to see lakes in all their true natural glory, Canada should be your number one place to visit. Check out the most incredible fifteen here and you’ll start to wonder why you haven’t been there sooner.
15. Wedgemount Lake
Wedgemount Lake nestles just below Wedge Mountain in the Garibaldi Mountain Range in British Columbia, Canada. It’s encompassed by two glaciers, the Wedgemount and the Armchair. At its deepest point it’s estimated to be around sixty metres deep and five at its shallowest. The lake can only be reached after a steep, seven-kilometre climb which you’ll need some good boots for and the right equipment. Don’t plan on catching your dinner while you’re up there. Recent studies have shown the lake to have no fish life.
Why Go? The incredible turquoise waters of Wedgemount Lake are surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever see. It’s comparable with a glacial moonscape. Because of its geographical position the night skies are light pollution free which makes it a great place for overnight star spotting.
Map Location: Lake Wedgemount
14. Lake Superior
If you’re planning on visiting Lake Superior, don’t think you’ll be able to take a leisurely stroll all the way around its shores. Lake Superior, with a surface area of almost thirty-two thousand square miles, is as big as some countries. It spreads its watery reach from Ontario in the north of Canada, over the border and through several American states.
When they named it, they named it right, because it really is superior in many ways. Not only is it the largest of the Great Lakes, it’s also the largest freshwater lake in the world. Surprisingly enough, it only comes in third where the volume of water it holds is concerned. You’ll need some good muscles if you’re considering rowing across it though. It measures a staggering one hundred and sixty plus miles at its widest point. Now that’s some lake.
Why Go? While you might not be able to walk around Lake Superior, you can drive around it. It’s a one thousand two hundred mile road trip of a lifetime through national parks with amazing canyons, cliffs, and waterfalls. A definite must do.
Map Location: Lake Superior
13. Berg Lake
Berg Lake lies just underneath the highest peak in the Rockies, Mount Robson, which is in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It’s tucked away out of sight at an altitude of just under five and a half thousand feet. The only way to reach it is by hiking through the wilds of Mount Robson Provincial Park. Is it worth the effort? Definitely. The azure waters of Berg Lake are backed by impressive mountains and bordered by pine forests. The landscape and light are a photographers dream.
Why Go? Berg Lake is a glacial lake fed by the Berg Glacier. As it is constantly moving, chunks frequently drop off the glacier and into the lake waters to float there like mini icebergs. To get to Berg Lake you need to pass through the incredible Valley of a Thousand Waterfalls which, on its own, is reason enough for making the trip.
Map Location: Berg Lake
12. Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario, in the Canadian province of Ontario, is bordered not just by Canada, but by the US state of New York too. It would be easy to compare Lake Ontario to one big faucet as the lake provides drinking water to over nine million people. That’s a lot of water coming out of the smallest of the Great Lakes every day. It might be diminutive, but what it lacks in superficial square footage it makes up for in depth. Being over eight hundred feet at its deepest point means it holds more water than lakes which are bigger in size. An unusual fact which makes it the fourteenth largest lake in the world.
Why Go? Lake Ontario is rimmed with beautiful beaches and cliffs. It’s the perfect place for practicing water sports of every kind. From windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. The bonus? If you fall off you don’t have to worry about swallowing the water, it’s fresh not salt. While you’re there, keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot Lake Ontario’s monster of the deep, Ogopogo.
Map Location: Lake Ontario
11. Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake is a stunning fourteen mile-long stretch of bright blue water at the base of the Maligne Mountains. Part of the Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, its glacial waters are on average just over a hundred feet deep in most parts, but in some points plunge down as far as three hundred. It’s forty-five miles of shoreline is bordered with pine forests. It’s also world renowned for the tiny, but much-photographed islet called Spirit Island.
Why Go? From on the waters of Lake Maligne it’s actually possible to see all three of the different glaciers which feed the lake. It’s also a great place for sport fishing, with the main catch being rainbow trout, and kayaking and canoeing. So if you have a pioneering spirit, Lake Maligne should be on your bucket list, but keep an eye out for bears, wolves, and caribou.
Map Location: Maligne Lake