What makes a lake warm?

Steam fog rising from a lake's surface.

Elevation, sunlight, depth, and circulation each contribute to the temperature of water in a lake.

Within a day trip from Victoria, elevation is a key factor. Spectacle Lake, with an elevation of 379 m, will generally be cooler than Thetis Lake, with an elevation of 59 m.

If you want a warm place to swim, look for a beach on the north or east shore of a lake, as these will get the most afternoon sun.

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.