What is a lake?

Steam fog rising from a lake's surface.

Beyond a basic definition such as “a large area of water surrounded by land” it becomes difficult to define what a lake is and isn’t.

The water’s surface area, the water’s volume, whether there are inflows or outflows (creeks), or whether light reaches the bottom are all different criteria used to define lakes. Another definition used by limnologists (people who study lakes) is if wind plays a major role in mixing the water.

Once you’ve chosen your favourite definition for what a lake is, you can start working on the differences between a lake, a pond, a slough, a loch, a lagoon, a reservoir, and a tarn!

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.