Discover the northwest’s best swim spots

On a hot summer day, head off to one of Terrace’s beaches or lakes and cool off with a refreshing dip in the water.  From the three day-use beaches at beautiful Lakelse Lake Provincial Park, to smaller lakes located a stone’s throw from Terrace – the variety is incredible.

Lakelse Lake Provincial Park

Just 15 km south of Terrace on Highway 37, Lakelse is defined by sandy beaches, freshwater swimming, picnic sites and  water sports. The word “Lakelse” comes from the Ts’ymsyen language meaning “fresh water mussel”.  The best swimming spots include Gruchy’s Beach, the Lakelse Lake Picinic Site or Furlong Bay campground.

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Kalum Lake

Kalum Lake is easily accessed from the Kitsumkalum Provincial Park campground, and also offers some excellent paddling opportunities.  The sandy shoreline hugs the lake to the west of the campground and is a great beach for swimming.

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Lava Lake

Lava Lake is located approximately 80km outside of Terrace in Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park (Anhluut’ukwsim Lax̱mihl Angwinga’asanakwhl). The lake is a popular place to take a dip or go canoeing.

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Nass Valley Hot Springs

The Hlgu Isgwit Hot Springs in the Nass Valley located north of Terrace have important  cultural and healing qualities. It’s a magical place to relax and reuvenate after a long day exploring theNisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park (Anhluut’ukwsim Lax̱mihl Angwinga’asanakwhl

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Hai Lake

Looking for a secluded swimming experience? Check out Hai Lake.  Access to Hai Lake is via Beam Station Road off of Queensway Drive – it can be a bit of an adventure to access but a 1 km hike through old growth trees brings you to thelake with a small rustic campsite.

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Findlay Lake

Discover Findlay Lake off Hwy 113, 15 minutes north of Terrace. Look for the pullout just before Findlay Road. Park, follow the trail to a stunning turquoise swimming hole with a rope swing. Respect the adjacent private property and remember to leave no trace.

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Clearwater Lakes

For another more remote swimming experience, check out Clearwater Lakes, located about a half an hour south from Terrace off Hwy 37 on the way to Kitimat.  After a moderate 6 km hike, enjoy a rewarding cool dip in Clearwater Lakes – you deserve it!

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