Tucked away in the jewel of Pender Harbour and bordered by forest and mountain, you will find Garden Bay Lake.

This expansive lake always has room for everyone, and multiple parking/picnic spot options. There is a main T-shaped dock next to a small sandy beach that is perfect for dogs and children, as well as a floating dock prior to that as you are driving along the road. Drive carefully though, as the road is quite twisty and contains multiple blind corners. Kayaks and SUPs, as well as small crafts (dinghys) are easily launched from most of the stopping locations along the lake.

This lake is ideal for:

  • swimming
  • family-friendly
  • paddle sports

Nearby amenities: The lake is a short jaunt down the road from the only gas station between Sechelt and the ferry terminal in Earl’s Cove, so if you are in need of a refuel this would be the place! Madeira Park is approximately a 15-20 drive southbound down the Sunshine Coast Hwy, and Egmont is a northbound approx. 30 minute drive, as is the Earl’s Cove ferry heading to Powell River. If you are feeling ambitious and want to combine your lake day with a hike, Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park is just before you hit Egmont. Accommodations and other activities can be found in either Egmont or Pender Harbour.