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B.C.'s Cat Lake Is Squamish's Not-So-Secret Swimming Hole For Summer

Unleash your inner mermaid. If you are looking for a way to escape the summer heat, we know the perfect place. B.C.'s Cat Lake is where you will want to float the summer away at this Squamish swimming hole.

Just 20 minutes north of Squamish, or a one hour drive from Vancouver, you can visit the not-so-secret swimming oasis. It is a popular spot with locals to lounge on pool floats and coast on the blue water.

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You'll want to bring your inflatable animal to ride over the waves, and a pump to inflate it.

It is effortless to have the best day ever; there are so many fun options to enjoy. You can easily spend the entire afternoon here splashing your friends around the dock or splashing into the water from the rope swings.

Unlike other swimming spots in the province, the water isn't frigid. Instead, it is a pleasant temperature that you won't want to leave.

Pack a lunch so you won't need to leave when you get hungry. There are a few picnic spots where you can enjoy your mid-day meal.

Then you can lay down your towel and relax in the sunshine on one of the two beaches.

Around the lake, you'll also find mountain biking and hiking trails to explore. One of the simplest routes is a gorgeous 1.4-kilometre loop trail around the water.

If you don't live nearby or but want to stay even longer, then there are 50 campsites, only a few steps from the lake.

You can't reserve them ahead of time, and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Each site is only $15, making it a cheap way to spend the weekend hanging out with your friends. Just make sure if you go on a weekend, you arrive early to claim your spot as they fill up quickly.

Plus, it's about one kilometre to reach the site from the parking lot so maybe pack your flip flops instead of wearing them.

Time to grab your sunscreen and swimwear, why waste another beautiful day indoors?

Cat Lake

Price: Free

Address: Squamish-Lillooet D, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can finally use that brand new pool float you got.

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 and obey any local laws.

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