Summer at Shawnigan Lake

Back Flip at Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island

Back Flip at Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island


Summer has arrived early in the Cowichan Valley this year with high temperatures for the past few weeks. A trip up to Shawnigan Lake was in order, partly to fill in a few gaps for the upcoming Cowichan Valley book but also to see what the locals were up to on a hot day when everyone should be swimming or boating and avoiding work if at all possible.

I was not disappointed as the docks and beaches were busy with sun worshippers and speed demons enjoying the fine weather.  There was also a group teaching young kids how to kayak including rolling and wet exits, pretty cool to involve kids at a very young age.

Shawnigan Lake has been known as a recreational playground for well over 100 years with its close proximity to British Columbia’s capital city Victoria. Definitely cottage country, the lake still has charm with small marinas and restaurants dotting the shore. If only they would get rid of the noisy jet skis!

Learning to Kayak at Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island

Learning to Kayak at Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island

Aerila photo of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia

Aerial photo of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia

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9 Responses to “Summer at Shawnigan Lake”

  1. Deborah Godin says:

    Never been there, but I used to work with a guy in Calgary who vacationed there every summer, wouldn’t go anywhere else. Now that I see your aerial shot, I see why. And I love the back-flipper – has a hermetic, almost Alex Colville feel to it. Terrific!
    .-= Deborah Godin´s last blog ..RECENT SIGHTINGS =-.

  2. Diane C. says:

    Wow, Shawnigan Lake is beautiful in the summer; that aerial photo is stunning! Looks like everyone was having a great time.
    .-= Diane C.´s last blog ..Cute Ground Squirrels =-.

  3. LisaNewton says:

    Wow, what a great spot. One thing I miss about the East Coast is the “greenness” of the surrounding area. Oh, we have a lot of trees, but most of them are palm trees.

    I love the aerial shot, but I’m with Deborah on the back flip. It looks like fun. :)
    .-= LisaNewton´s last blog ..Los Angeles Historic Walks =-.

  4. mstoastburner says:

    Wonderful photos!

    And I’m with you about the jet skis, grrr.
    .-= mstoastburner´s last blog ..Chinese Cemetery =-.

  5. Karen says:

    Great shots, looks like an awesome lake. Now I’m ready for a vacation!

  6. kevin says:

    Hi All,

    Shawnigan Lake is definitely a great vacation spot. It’s on my list of places to visit again!

    The kid back flipping off the dock told me that the water was warm, gotta love being young.

  7. Lisa's Chaos says:

    What I wouldn’t give to have a kayak. :) We only have a canoe now. :) Still fun to get out on the water though. :)
    .-= Lisa’s Chaos´s last blog ..Stephen King House =-.

    kevin Reply:

    Kayaking is great fun but as you know, getting out on the water is the main thing! I owned a canoe many years ago and loved it for rivers, the ocean’s another matter, prefer kayaks.

  8. Gaga@Jet Skis For Sale says:

    What a view it is. Back flip or kayak on the waters, either way it must be a fun summer. Now if we could only get the ice to melt here.
    .-= Gaga@Jet Skis For Sale´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

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