Who protects lakes?

Steam fog rising from a lake's surface.

The short answer: you.

Protecting a lake involves more than just the people who live on its shores or visit it for recreation. Everyone and everything that is part of the watershed can impact a lake, and therefore it takes the efforts of many to ensure our lakes are healthy.

Lakes fall under a patchwork of legislation, and as such different governments monitor their health. However, it is usually organized groups of volunteers that save lakes in times of crisis, such as potential changes in ownership or developments upstream.

Volunteers also prevent problems from happening in the first place through proactive maintenance. They monitor water quality, remove invasive species, build trails, and sound the alarm when something is out of balance.

Do your part and get involved with a local community organization.

Learn 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.