About the book

A mockup showing the front and back covers of the Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook.

The Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook is a practical reference guide that inspires curiosity about lakes.

You can use it to find lakes to hike, walk, swim, fish, or paddle, and you’ll learn about local plants, animals, and history on the way.

It includes descriptions for 31 lakes from the Saanich Peninsula to the Malahat and Sooke.


Maps and reference

Two pages showing a trail map and reference information for Thetis Lake.

The full book has topographical trail maps, a ‘Lakes 101’ section, reference tables, and an index.



Spread showing pages for Blenkinsop Lake.

Colour photographs from local photographers are featured throughout.



A Hooded Merganser

Vignettes about plants, animals, and natural phenomena are interspersed between the lakes, accompanied by illustrations by Leechtown Design.

About the author

Adam Ungstad

Adam Ungstad is a legally blind Canadian writer and naturalist with two passions: lakes and information architecture. He has been exploring and learning about Vancouver Island’s lakes, nature, and local history for over 15 years.

Adam Ungstad has worked as an editor and writer for the World Health Organization, and currently splits his time between Canada’s west coast and Geneva, Switzerland.