Sunny Days Swimming At Birkenhead Lake

Last Updated on October 11, 2020

Birkenhead Provincial Park protects important habitat for a variety of wildlife, including spotted owls, mountain goats, black bears and grizzly bears. Old growth forests, subalpine and alpine environments, large and small lakes all contribute to the beauty of this wonderful Provincial Park!  Swimming at Birkenhead Lake is incredible in the summer.

Though the campsites seemed full  at Birkenhead Lake during our stay, there were only a couple families lakeside whenever we were. It felt like we had that little slice of paradise to ourselves. The lake water was COLD glacier water. Our kids do not seem to mind and will completely dunk themselves under the water, so they had a ton of fun swimming at Birkenhead Lake with all that open space. Madison made me swim with her to the floating swim boundary sign — it was COLD, and she proceeded to dunk me. I do not know how they do it. Brrrr!!

And, because it is summer, my annual reminder: PUT ON A LIFE JACKET. It is always better to be safe than sorry in deep water. If you’re swimming deep with kids, and they grab onto you, even the most fit person will have trouble without a life jacket. Trust me. Try swimming with a young baby in a life jacket in the deep end of a swimming pool, without you in a life jacket, and you’ll immediately see what happens.

We had such a great time swimming in the lake with the fun floaties. We had days full of laughter and created some fabulous memories surrounded by mother nature’s beauty. Life does not get better than that.

Kids with floaties at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Ready for the lake. Jacob insisted that small tube HAD TO be his floatie. Even that little floatie made him the HAPPIEST little boy ever. His joy was so heartwarming!

Birkenhead Lake is definitely a gem that we would totally love to come back to. The lake is breathtaking: 

Aerial views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Kids enjoying the lake view at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Love moments like this with the kids. My heart is full.

Aerial views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

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Aerial views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Aerial views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Aerial views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

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Aerial views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Birkenhead Lake is a beauty!

Aerial views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Drone views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Drone views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
This is as busy as we saw the lake. It was incredible to feel like we pretty much had it all to ourselves.

Drone views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
The beauty of this lake blew our minds. We are so blessed to live in BC!
Lady swimming at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Excited for a summer filled with sunshine and lake fun!

Views at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

kids swimming at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Kids swimming at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
The cold water sure didn’t phase these two at all
Baby enjoying the sand at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Olivia was not a fan of the cold water, but she sure loved digging in that sand.

Family enjoying swimming at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Mom and son swimming at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Running as fast as we could out of the COLD water!
Young girl sun bathing at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
My sun-bathing beauty!

How To Get There

Birkenhead Provincial Park is a gorgeous drive up the Sea-To-Sky Highway from Vancouver, a drive we could never be tired of. Birkenhead Provincial Park is located 90 km north of Whistler. Follow Highway 99 north from Whistler. In Pemberton follow the signs to Mount Currie and then to D’Arcy. The turnoff to the park is 33 km from the turnoff to D’Arcy. The park is 17 km from this point on a good quality, loose gravel road.

Birkenhead Lake was absolutely breathtaking. We could not believe that we had never been there before. British Columbia is full of so many amazing destinations and natural beauty to discover. We may be sticking to BC this summer due to Covid, but I have a feeling that at the end of it all, we will find that we did not mind one bit.

 

What are some of the most beautiful lakes you have discovered in your own backyard?