Peden Lake has long been a favourite day destination for hikers, swimmers, and naturalists. It is most commonly accessed via the Peden Lake Trail, which leads through an impressive second-growth forest parallel to the Mary Vine Creek and offers a stop at a picturesque waterfall in the wet season.
During your visit watch for eagles high above and Steller’s jays, flickers, red squirrels, and black-tailed deer in the surrounding forest. Watch the forest floor for garter snakes, slugs, and insects hard at work.
What is commonly known as Peden Lake is actually two separate bodies of water. The one on the west side is marked as Peden Lake by the Capital Regional District, but the one on the east side is technically unnamed. Some locals call it Upper Peden Lake or refer to the two together as the Peden Lakes. Unofficial maps have also labelled it as Mary Vine Lake.
Creeks & Watershed
While Peden Lake is part of the Sooke River Watershed, it does not flow into the Charters River as do Grass Lake, Sheilds Lake, and Crabapple Lake. Water leaves Peden Lake via Mary Vine Creek, which feeds directly into the Sooke River.
Peden Lake was named after the Peden family, who owned a feed store on Wharf Street in Victoria for many years in the early 1900s and had two sons that grew up to be famous athletes.
William “Torchy” Peden was born in Victoria in 1906 and acquired his nickname after his flaming red hair and ability to lead the pack of long-distance cyclists. During the great depression, he was given a gold-plated bicycle by the Canadian Cycle and Motor Company, which he rode during special exhibitions. His brother, Douglas Peden, competed in the 1936 Olympics and helped bring back a silver medal in basketball for Canada.
For trail maps, access information, and much more, get your copy of the Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook.