Does climate change affect lakes?

A frozen lake with a mountain backdrop.

Weather patterns and trends are changing over time. The earth is warming, and this will cause many natural systems to break down or change irreversibly. Canada’s freshwater lakes are under threat from climate change.

The lakes themselves are getting hotter – in fact, the world’s lakes are warming quicker than its oceans or atmosphere. Northern lakes in particular are seeing the most dramatic increases in temperature.

Even small changes in climate affect fish and microscopic plants, which can have a cascading effect on lake ecosystems. Warmer water, lower snowfall, and hotter summers provide perfect growing conditions for toxic algae blooms, while loss of forests due to forestry or wildfire impacts the ground’s ability to absorb water, leading to flooding and changes in watersheds.

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.