View of the lake and the Elk Lake Hut on the Sunshing Coast Trail.
Sunshine Coast Tourism/Matthew Massa Elk Lake


One thing is for sure: the Sunshine Coast will never leave you wanting for lake time. Although lakes might not be the first thing you think about when you think of the Coast, there is more to explore than just our extensive ocean coastline.

As you travel along Highway 101, you’ll get a close-up view of some of our region’s many lakes, including Trout Lake and Ruby Lake. And if you venture off the main roads, you’ll find even more lakes to explore. Texada Island is home to some beautiful lakes you can reach via gravel roads, which makes it seem all the more like an adventure. And you can even paddle your way along the Powell Forest Canoe Route—a memorable lake-to-lake campsite and portage route.

Lakes to Explore

These are just a few of the many lakes you can explore here on the Sunshine Coast. Keep in mind that amenities vary at each lake, and some lakes are a 15 - 20 minute drive from the closest community, so you’ll want to come prepared.

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