One of our province's most stunning swimming spots is so secret that most locals have never seen it. If you are tired of the regular dip in your parents' pool and want to do something more exciting this summer, we got you covered. You can discover a hidden alpine swimming hole in B.C. that is worth the 10-kilometre hike to reach it.

If you are someone who craves adventure, Lovely Water Lake needs to be on your bucket list. It is a pristine alpine lake in the Tantalus Mountain Range with water so bright turquoise it is hard to believe it is real.

Getting there is half the fun. The remote lake isn't one you park next to and dive in.

Instead, it is more of a weekend getaway within the larger Tantalus Provincial Park. And be warned the climb is challenging, so skip this spot if your hiking shoes look brand new.

The 10.1-kilometre trail might be steep, but it is worth every step to reach the unreal swimming hole.

The hike is like something out of The Amazing Race. Your first challenge is to reach the trailhead: you'll have to cross the Squamish River.

Forget swimming; you'll need a canoe to get across the river. Although, Sea to Sky recommends that the safest and easiest way to get across is by booking a jet boat, rather than taking your own watercraft.

After that, it is easy enough. The straight path will take you through an old-growth forest and next to a river until you reach the lake.

Then you can enjoy floating in the crystal clear water. It is such a spectacular spot to relax on a pool float or have fun splashing your friends.

As it is a remote destination, you won't have any crowds, either.

We suggest that when you go, you spend the night as it's a difficult hike for most to complete in one day. You can stay at the Tantalus Hut next to Lake Lovely Water for just $35 a night per person.

Lovely Water Lake

Price: Free

Address: Lovely Water, Tantalus Provincial Park, Brackendale, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can spend the weekend splashing at B.C.'s best kept hidden swimming hole.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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