Hikers and outdoor adventurers in BC probably already know about Century Sam Lake in the Comox Valley. This glacier-fed lake is a total gem on Vancouver Island and the water is simply amazing. Whether you think it's emerald green or turquoise blue depending on the light, it's definitely one of the most beautiful lakes in the province. If you haven't been yet, then you definitely need to check it out this summer!
If you haven't been out hiking much since the summer, then this hike will get you inspired to get out there again! And, if you're not much of a hiker, then this trail is totally doable in less than three hours. It's a great way to shake the dust off of your hiking boots and get exploring again after the winter!
This hike is super popular lately in the summer months, so if you want to catch a glimpse of these blue waters without the crowds, then try heading there in the late spring or early summer.
The trailhead is accessed by a logging road so you might need to park the car and walk if you aren't comfortable driving on it! Plus, in the summer sometimes portions of the road are closed. The length of your hike will depend on how close you can safely get to the trailhead with your car.
Century Sam Lake is on Vancouver Island near Courtenay in the Comox Valley. It's about a 4.5-hour trip from Vancouver to get to the lake's trailhead. You'll have to take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo and then drive north on the Island towards Courtenay.
Check out this website for more information.
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