Hidden lakes made for leaping

August 24, 2012 | By | Comments (4)
Christina Lake, British Columbia

Photographs by Erin Kunkel

It’s official: We boast the best when it comes to lake life. I mean, c’mon – with places like Tahoe and Chelan plunked in the landscape, our gold-medal status could never be in jeopardy! But those are the big kahunas. We think wallflower lakes like Christina Lake in B.C. –  8 hours due east of Vancouver – Washington’s Crescent Lake, and Suttle Lake in Oregon, are the real reasons West is best.

Maybe it’s because these off-the-beaten-path getaways speak to our preserve-and-explore ethos. Christina Lake, with half of its shoreline engulfed by Gladstone Provincial Park, a location far from major metropolitan hubs, and summer crowds that top out at 6,000, certainly fits the bill.

Or maybe it’s just because the water is so dang perfect for summer lake-leaping.

Christina Lake, British Columbia

Want more? Check out Sunset’s top 10 lake adventures.


  1. Pat Cristansan

    Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. A natural lake that’s crystal clear with lovely trails and nearby waterfalls. Here’s this summers pics of this clear water lake, from westshore, eastshore and Barnes Point (where Lake Crescent Lodge is located)

    August 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm
  2. Nurse Frugal

    I have YET to go to Lake Tahoe. My husband says it’s a huge outdoor playground with activities like hiking, mountain biking, running, and jet skiing 😉

    August 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm
    • Aislyn Greene

      You gotta go, it truly is a playground for all ages. 🙂

      August 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

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