When you picture aqua water, you might think of somewhere down south. But within our province, there are tons of hidden gems that will make you feel like you are in a Caribbean paradise. To help you pick where to go next, we made a list of where you can find turquoise water in B.C. that you'll hardly believe.

The next time you are looking for an escape from the city, we got you covered.

Without travelling far from home, you can enjoy the ultimate getaway. B.C. has thousands of lakes where you can enjoy everything from swimming and relaxing on a beach to water sports. 

Or you can enjoy hiking to some truly hidden gems. For example, Johnson Lake and Boya Lake have some of the most pristine water you'll ever see and it takes a bit of work to reach the payoff.

Even if you can't afford to travel abroad, you can still enjoy an oasis without going far. So it is time to start planning where to go first with your friends. 

Here are 12 places in B.C. with the most incredible crystal clear water:

Lovely Water Lake

Address: Tantalus Provincial Park, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC

Why You Need To Go: You'll need to hike a steep trail to reach this alpine lake surrounded by mountains. But once you arrive, you'll be rewarded with a jaw-dropping view of the clear water.


Joffre Lakes

Address: Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Duffey Lake Rd., Mount Currie, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can spend a relaxing weekend camping at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, where you can swim in the turquoise waters of Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes.


Johnson Lake

Address: Thompson-Nicola O, BC

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you are in the Caribbean when you see the crystal clear water of Johnson Lake. Perfect for a summer dip.


Kalamalka Lake

Address: Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, Vernon, BC

Why You Need To Go: This place screams "summertime" with its beaches — and dare we say surfing?


Emerald Lake

Address: Yoho National Park, Field, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can hike to this world-famous location known for its sparkling aqua water. Once you arrive, you can rent a boat and go canoeing for a peaceful afternoon.


Boya Lake

Address: Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park, Stikine Region, BC

Why You Need To Go: If you are searching for a swimming spot that has warmer water, you'll want to check out this pristine place.


Watersprite Lake

Address: Squamish-Lillooet D, BC

Why You Need To Go: For a full-day adventure, you can hike to Watersprite Lake. Along the journey, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of mountains, valleys and, of course — the turquoise body of water.


Lake O'Hara

Address: Yoho National Park, Field, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy the picturesque views of the lake and Seven Veils Falls by following the Lake O'Hara Shoreline Trail


Berg Lake

Address: Mount Robson Provincial Park, Fraser-Fort George H, BC

Why You Need To Go: This place looks straight out of Iceland, with the giant iceberg next to it. 


Landslide Lake

Address: Strathcona D, BC

Why You Need To Go: Following the Elk River Trail, you will eventually reach a natural paradise of aquamarine water surrounded by mountains.


Lindeman Lake

Address: Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, Trans Canada Trail, Rosedale, BC

Why You Need To Go: Here you can spend the day hiking, relaxing on the sandy beach and going for a swim in the refreshingly cold water.


Century Sam Lake

Address: Comox Valley C, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can soak up the sunshine and go for a hike to this incredible hidden glacier-fed lake. 


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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