May 28, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Prince George, Beaches & Swimming
Have you ever swam in four different lakes in three days? I have. I live in Prince George, BC, and last summer I swam in four different lakes over the course of a long weekend. I began in Cluculz Lake, located approximately 70km west of Prince George. I spent the day floating lazily far out from shore, relaxing at my stepfather's cabin. After a good sound sleep, I headed back in to town.
Seeing the sign for West Lake Provincial Park (approx. 25km from town), I made my way to the lake and jumped in for a refreshing swim. The water was warm enough to jump right in, and I spent the next hour treading water and swimming along the boundary before finally deciding to head home.
Upon arriving home, I received a call from a friend who was making his way out to Ness Lake (approx. 35km from PG) to hang out with his roommates, who were housesitting a lakefront home. Soon after we arrived, everybody headed down to the dock and jumped in the water where we chatted as we cooled down from the heat of the day. After getting dried off and filling up our stomachs, we made our way back into town. I went straight home and fell into bed, exhausted.
The next day proved to be just as hot as the days previous, and I felt the need for a change of scenery. I headed 73km north to Bear Lake, in the Crooked River Provincial Park. The hot sandy beach welcomed me, and the water enveloped me and cooled me down. I floated on my pool noodle for a while before eating my picnic lunch. After lunch, I laid on the beach reading my book for a short time, and jumped back in the lake for one last dip.
As I drove home, I thought back over my weekend, and realized I had spent most of it in the water! I also came to the realization that I had swam in four different lakes in three days! Suffice to say, there is no shortage of cool, refreshing, inviting water to swim in around Prince George. You should come visit!