Ruby Lake | Sunshine Coast BC

The Great Canadian Lake Off

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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.

Lake Parking

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.

Lake Facilities

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 Lake | Sunshine Coast BC

Katherine Lake

Sunbathing Opportunities

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.

 

Splish Splash

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.)

Playtime

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!
Thrill Factor

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.

Ruby had a raft but the restricted area wouldn’t allow for much thrill! Good for families who want to keep an eye on their children.
Canadian Lake Beauty

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!

Ruby Lake | Sunshine Coast BC

Ruby Lake


And Two Scots vote for…

 Katherine Lake

But then there was our day out at Garden Bay Lake…

Where is your favourite lake for lazing?

Gemma and Craig are full-time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 30 and let loose on the world! Gemma writes, Craig looks good in the photos.

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  1. superb summertime post! What would summer be without time at the lake? I happen to live in a community on the shores of Lake Winnipeg and it is truly marvellous.

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      It is such an attraction and great way of life! We obviously have lakes (lochs) in Scotland but we just don’t get the weather to heat them up!

  2. Hmmm we don’t have much of these here, or if so, I haven’t been. We have beaches and waterfalls that are easily accessible to hang out in during the day . Your photos are really nice. Perfect place for a picnic.

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  3. Just wanted to note that there are actually 10 (TEN!) swimming lakes in the Pender Harbour & Egmont District. From Egmont to Garden Bay, there’s Waugh Lake, Brown Lake, Klein Lake, North Lake. Ruby Lake, Sakinaw Lake, Garden Bay Lake, Katherine Lake, Mixal Lake, Hotel Lake. The last four (Garden Bay, Katherine, Mixal, and Hotel Lakes) are all within 5 minutes of each other. And of course, we’re surrounded by the ocean and many wonderful protected bays and harbours for swimming, paddling, fishing. Find out more at http://www.penderharbour.ca

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      Aw yeah, this is in no way saying there are only two lakes on the Sunshine Coast. We’ve not finished our time here. I’m sure there will be more posts on lake life to come. Check out our Ingstagram for images of our day Garden Bay (with extreme sports thrown in!) and Facebook for our paddleboarding experience with Pedals and Paddles.

  4. Hi guys,
    Back in Brazil we do not have a Lake culture. With over 7.000 km of coast our summers are always on the beach.
    Btw, from your descriptions my vote goes to Katherine Lake 😉

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      Our day at Garden Bay which came after this article was superb also! You can’t complain with all of those beaches in Brazil (and the attractive people on them!)

  5. Keep going, keep going, there are more and more lakes to visit! I am thinking tho, I do not like when my swimming area is roped off, go vast! so you know where my vote goes!

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      There are sooooo many! Today we are off to Soames Hill to hike for that view of Gibsons and yesterday we were paddleboarding in Sechelt. This is THE LIFE!

  6. Ah, lakes and the beach – always so beautiful for viewing, but I am so not a lay in the sand person! I personally would happily avoid a beach for the rest of my life, BUT I have kids and they LOVE the beach!! Where they got the love of sand and surf is beyond me. 🙂 Most recently we hit the beach in Kusadasi, Turkey and the Tourquoise coast lived up to its name. So pretty. These two beaches are gorgeous and now on the list! Thanks for the lovely photos and information.
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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      I hear ya Natalie, we are not sand fans either. Kids do manage to put a full six hour shift into a day at the beach. Don’t know how they do it! New trick – take a massive sheet like one you use for painting for under the towels. Sand free for longer!

  7. I grew up with summer vacations on a lake in Pennsylvania. Love it!

    Also, is that your dog in the picture? Adorable!!!

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      I wish! He was a naughty dog. He kept trying to dig his cooling hole deeper every time the Mum turned around, very funny to watch.

  8. Wow! Miss spending time at lakes in the summer! This is a great reminder of the beauty of BC and lake country in Canada. I happen to love heading to the Kawarthas and Muskoka area in Ontario but you’ve got me convinced to head back to BC and see if we can’t make some time for the Sunshine Coast!

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  9. Shelley is indeed a genius. Great title guys!
    Both lakes look and sound like a lot of fun. We hope to do a Canadian road trip in the next year or so. Hope to visit both these lakes when we do 🙂
    My favorite lake is a little different to these but Lake Wabby on Fraser Island in Australia is it. Had a lot of fun here and felt like nobody knew it existed. Maybe you’ve been?

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      I have been there! It definitely was one of the heart stopping moments when I turned the corner and saw how beautiful it was.

  10. A perfect way to enjoy summer! 🙂 I don’t have a favorite lake…yet. I went to few lakes in California, but one of them wasn’t really enjoyable because the lake was kinda dirty. I’m hoping to visit the Mono Lake in California soon though 🙂 I heard it’s quite beautiful there!

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