How many lakes are there in Canada?

A frozen lake with a mountain backdrop.

Natural Resources Canada estimates that there are around 31,700 lakes with a surface area over 3 km2 in Canada. However, one of Victoria’s largest lakes, Elk/Beaver Lake, has a surface area of less than 2 km2, meaning it would not be included in that count.

Estimates vary, but it is generally accepted that there are 2 to 3 million lakes in Canada with a surface area under 3 km2. If Canada’s population is 38 million people, that leaves roughly one lake for every twelve people in the country.

Learn much 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.