Are algae bad for lakes?

Steam fog rising from a lake's surface.

Algae are the foundation of a lake’s ecosystem, as they are at the bottom of the food web. Tiny creatures such as zooplankton, aquatic insects, and fish fry use algae for shelter and food. Mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians depend on those creatures as a source of food.

Algae are beautiful under a microscope. They feed on phosphorus and nitrogen and produce food through photosynthesis, getting their green colour from chlorophyl – just like grasses, ferns, and trees.

Learn more in the full Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook.

Cover of Lakes of Victoria, BC.

In the full guidebook, discover where to:

  • Walk: enjoy lakeside strolls & boardwalks.
  • Hike: discover single-track trails & scenic views.
  • Swim: find the best beaches to soak up the sun.
  • Fish: learn about stocking trends and piers.
  • Paddle: explore shorelines, and hidden bays.
  • Bike: plan your next route and hit the trails.

Along the way you will meet the animals and plants that call these lakes and watersheds home, unearth forgotten place names, and learn stories of days past.

The book is full of useful maps, access information, and local trivia to get you started on your next family day or great adventure.

From locals to visitors, everyone will learn something new about the freshwater lakes that bring Victoria to life.