The best way to beat the summer heat is to run and jump in the lake. We finally got a great heat wave in Vancouver, so of course, we ran to one of the best local lakes in Port Moody, Sasamat Lake (or known locally as White Pine) in Belcarra Regional Park, to take in some summer sunshine. The lake water felt so refreshing that we did not want to get out. I love that in British Columbia you really do not have to venture far to find a slice of PNW paradise — this lake was only a half-hour drive from our doorstep.
It is a rather small beach, so in the summer make sure you arrive early, even on weekdays. We arrived early at 9 am to some peace and quiet and within a couple of hours, the beach was packed. White Pine beach is perfect for families and kids – safe and well-kept grounds make it easy for families to enjoy the lake. The sand is nicely fine and the water is warm under a hot sun.
The kids love to “swim out too deep” at this lake. Even I, a confident swimmer, put on a life jacket for that — if you have every done a baby swim lesson in the deep end of a pool with the baby in a life jacket and you without, you undertstand how hard it is to swim when even a baby with a lifejacket is clinging onto you scared. Make sure you are water smart, especially in the summer when you have kids clinging off you in the water, or have young children around deep water. Don’t be fooled making the assumption that just because they are in swim lessons that they will be okay; especially young kids. Swimming in a pool is different than a deep lake or ocean.
Take a look at the fun to be had at White Pine beach: