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Heal Lake

Heal Lake is a ghost.  It was drained by the Capital Regional District in 1991 to make additional space for the Hartland Regional Landfill. What do you think you’d find at the bottom of a drained lake that was formed by a glacier thousands of years ago?

Believe it or not, logs. Hundreds of perfectly preserved logs, some of which are nearly 10,000 years old were found in the sediments at the bottom of Heal Lake.

These logs have been studied by researchers from the University of Victoria, creating insight into historical climatic events of Vancouver Island. The logs have rings for each year old they are, and the research on those rings shows that a tidal wave hit this coast shortly after the glaciers melted.


The Best Guidebook For Lakes in
Victoria, Sooke & Saanich!

Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island Guidebook - eBook edition for $9.95

Watch the forest glide by as you swim through clean, warm waters on a hot summer’s day. Admire the wildflowers as you hike to a secluded lake, or spend a sunny afternoon with the whole family on the beach.

From fishing for trout with eagles overhead to enjoying a peaceful morning at the lake shore, the lakes of southern Vancouver Island are a fantastic way to get outside.

The Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island Guidebook is packed full with 152 pages of maps, photographs, quick reference, top ten lists and history.


What's in the book?

Packed with maps, directions, quick reference and Top Ten lists, the full book covers 25 lakes in Victoria, Sooke and Saanich with detailed information on:






Kids & Families


Trail Maps

Natural Features

Local History

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