I bet many residents of the Sunshine Coast in Canada and beyond have their favourite Canadian lake to visit during the hot summer days. I am loving this lake life! Here is a breakdown of what two of the Coasts lakes, Katherine Lake and Ruby Lake, have to offer in The Great Canadian Lake Off (and I can’t even take credit for that amazing title – it was my good pal, Shelley. She’s a genius!)
Sunshine Coast – Lake Location
Katherine Lake is one of five freshwater lakes found in Garden Bay which is a well posted turn off on the highway 101 north bound.
Ruby Lake is directly after the Ruby Lake Resort turn off using the same highway. Approximately twenty minutes further north than Katherine Lake.
Both lakes have free parking. This wouldn’t happen in Scotland. Well done Canada for keeping not only the use of the lakes free but also the parking!
Katherine’s parking is straightforward. There is also a lovely little campsite next to the lake. I imagine that is a delight to wake up in.
You’ll find parking for Ruby Lake at the Dan Bosch Park. There was lots of parking available when we arrived at 10am. Not so much in the afternoon.
Katherine has two different sets of toilets. Clean and usable.
Ruby has a basic hut with a plastic toilet with a big hole which no one wants to look down! Lots of flies.
Katherine has sand for beach lovers and grass for those who detest sand like us Two Scots! It was scorching.
Ruby also has sand. The area is smaller than Katherine though. The sun was just up and over the trees at 11:30.
Katherine Lake is vast! The water is a bit stony as you get in but deep within seconds.
Ruby Lake’s swimming area is limited by a rope so it’s not very big (the lake itself is massive.)
There is a shop at Katherine Lake where you can hire paddle boats by the hour. The shop also sells ice cream and juice.
There weren’t any shopping opportunities directly in the public area of Ruby Lake but there was a shop selling water gear across from it (before you reach the car park). The sales assistant wasn’t very helpful there, he couldn’t even tell us where the car park or beach opening was! Taking a picnic is advised and seems popular!
Katherine Lake has rocks to the right hand side of it as you swim out. Be careful and look out for the rocks below. We joined in after a six year old kid was putting us to shame! There are also a couple of rafts for people to jump off.
Both are extremely beautiful. What may push Ruby over the winning line in this category is relates to its name. The lake looks pink at sunset but unfortunately we did not witness this!
And Two Scots vote for…
But then there was our day out at Garden Bay Lake…