1. Seymour Lake, Smithers
Seymour Lake is a small municipal lake on the outskirts of Smithers. Its tucked-away deciduous-forest setting feels like “the cottage at the lake” with modest homes, colourful deck chairs, and cottonwood trees peppering the edge.
What the lake lacks in size it makes up for in its quaint rural setting, its beginner friendliness, and a peaceful, humble atmosphere. Rent a paddle board at Local Supply Co.; canoes and kayaks are available for rent at Aquabatics Smithers. Pack a lunch to go from Two Sisters Cafe, or create a charcuterie platter with help from The Sausage Factory. Grab a locally roasted coffee from Bugwood Coffee and head for the water.
Access to the lake is mostly private but there is a small area off the main road to park and launch. Practice your stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) skills while dodging the colonies of frogs and lily pads on the water’s surface. Visiting in fall is ideal for pops of colour between the evergreens.
While there are no camping options on Seymour Lake, nearby Tyee Lake Provincial Park, Glacierview RV Park & Cottages, and Aspen Bay Cabins on the shores of nearby Chapman Lake (also a wonderful location for paddling) offer camping and cabin rentals.