I know the weather has been a little iffy the last few weeks, but one of these days it's going to turn up and summer will be here in its entirety. When that day comes, you'd best be prepared. There are lots of great places to swim in BC, but sometimes you want to skip the busy beaches and salty ocean. And forget about a man-made pool, when nature provides us lucky British Columbians with some of the finest swimming holes imaginable.
Whether you like the water warm or cold, there is a swimming spot out there for you. Chill on a floating dock in a mountain lake, jump from cliffs into deep pools, or shower under a roaring waterfall – all of this is offered and most of it is not too far from home. So when the sun comes out to stay, make sure you know which watering hole you plan to play!
1. White Pine Beach
One of the warmest lakes near Vancouver. It has some sandy beaches and a cool dock to hangout on.
2. Sooke Potholes
You can not beat this freshwater swimming spot if you are on Vancouver Island. Only a half hour drive from Victoria and you'll be floating in a sparkling natural pool, shrouded by lush forest as the sun shines overhead.
3. Capilano Canyon
On the North Shore, escape to this riverside paradise and explore many different swimming holes sided by rocky bluffs for tanning. There are also several areas for cliff jumping.
Photo cred - @daneasaurus1
4. Granite Falls
Hike up to the pools above granite falls and cool off to the sound of roaring water. Be careful, as the current here is quite strong.
5. Alice Lake
If you're near Squamish, this is a lovely lake with great places to swim as well as camp and hike.
6. Pool 99
This is a local cliff jumping spot. On a hot summer day, the frigid water is an amazing way to beat the heat.
7. Whyte Lake
More warm water to be found on Cypress Mountain. The water is crystal clear and there is a small dock to chill on.
8. Lynn Canyon
This is a gorgeous swimming hole with rocks to jump from and chilly waters to land in. It'll most likely be pretty busy on sunny afternoon.
Photo cred - @tou.shaye
9. Cultus Lake
This is the biggest lake close to Vancouver. There's boating, sandy beaches, and camping, making it a superb place to party in the summer.
10. Alta Lake
If you're hanging out in Whistler, this pristine lake is only 10 minutes away. Not many places like this, where you can swim and windsurf whilst surrounded by impressive mountains on all sides.
12. Brohm Lake
Another nice lake near Squamish with a really fun rope swing for entering the water with style.
13. Lost lake
Not so far from Blackcomb village, there are relaxing sandy beaches, grassy knolls and a floating wooden dock far off from shore.
14. Bromley Rock
A wonderful and happening section of the Similkameen River. Sand lines the riverbank and the water is always refreshing. For added fun, you can tube from upriver to this sublime swimming hole.
Photo cred - @gponjani
15. Cabin Lake
A great lake on the North Shore on Cypress. It is a popular spot when the sun is shining and for good reason. The water is heavenly and the scenery is serene.
16. Cascade Falls
The water may be cold,but the magnificent 98-foot waterfall makes swimming here all the more special. With many pools to swim in and spots to cliff jump, there are few places better to spend your day in beautiful BC this summer!
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