Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Whonnock Lake

A couple of weeks ago we took a drive to Whonnock Lake, which is approx 1-1/2 hours east of Vancouver (via Hwy 7) along the Lougheed Highway nestled between Maple Ridge and Mission, BC .

(Place of the Humpback Salmon)

I knew nothing about Humpback Salmons and never saw any today. We had been here before for a wedding during the summer. There is a recreation centre nestled among the trees

(view from the rear of the building)

As you are able to see the very large wall of windows which overlook the lake. There is a walkway which leads you towards the water


Today there was a cold wind which made the wind feel like twenty below. I think the Artic air was getting ready to bring us the record snow fall that we had this past week. I must say, it sure felt like snow was on the way. You had to make sure that you had your gloves and touque on. On the Wet Coast we are just not prepared for the onslaught of cold weather, we prefer to keep it on the other side of the Rockies.

The Rec centre is large inside and can accommodate many people, and it feels very airy due to the vaulted, beamed roof.

(beams and skylight)

At the end of the walkway, the pier continues out into the water


I get cold just looking at this image. The wind was blowing constantly as you can see from the wave action


There is a marshy area on both sides of the walkway

(view: towards the left, westward)

(view: towards the right, eastward)

You will notice a playground area in the far distance. The parking area is fairly restricted so spaces are at a premium during the hot summer months. It is a great place for a picnic or gatherings.


If you get there early, you can stake your claim to a table by the water


And, YES, there is a small sandy beach area on the eastern shore to cool yourself off, but today we were cold enough. Can't wait for the warmer weather to return.


  1. This place has a lot of charm. Well done with the photos. I feel like I was where did I put my parka?

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