As one might expect, parts of the shoreline around Grass Lake consist of tall grasses emerging from marshy wetlands. If you are visiting in summer, expect to find stunning water lilies of many shades along the edges of the shoreline. The Lakes Connector Trail, which leads to Grass Lake, was previously known as Camp Tent Pole Trail.
Various maps show different shapes for Grass Lake, indicating that changing water levels have altered the lake’s perimeter over the years. A bathymetric map published by the Province of BC in 1969 shows a surface area of 10 hectares for Grass Lake, whereas a technical report published by the Province in 2019 lists a surface area of only 3.5 hectares. Walking along the northern side of the lake you will see remnants of previously submerged land that has been reclaimed by terrestrial or emergent flora.
Devastation Hill lies directly south of Grass Lake. To the north and slightly to the east is Puzzle Peak, which offers splendid views. Pleasant Peak lies between Grass Lake and its larger neighbour, Sheilds Lake, which is a short distance away.
Creeks & Watershed
Grass Lake is part of the Sooke River Watershed. Water leaves the lake via an unnamed creek on the south side and feeds into Charters River before connecting with the Sooke River.
The Harrison Trail takes its name from Claude L. Harrison, who was the 44th mayor of Victoria in the 1950s, the city prosecutor for over 40 years, and an active member of the Alpine Club of Canada. Along Dallas Road in Victoria’s James Bay neighbourhood is a small, man-made pond used for model boats, which was also named after Claude L. Harrison.
For trail maps, access information, and much more, get your copy of the Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook.