Hiking & Swimming
Nature’s Two Best Colours, Green & Blue
Swim and splash around in freshwater lakes reaching temperatures as high as 26°C, feel the pummelling massage of a waterfall, enjoy casual shoreline walks, visit old-growth trees in lush temperate rainforests, and hike steep climbs to be rewarded with mountain top views.
West Redonda Island boasts three provincial parks and several lakes – ideal for both hiking and swimming in the magnificent Discovery Islands.
Beautiful Teakerne Arm Provincial Park, off Lewis Channel on the west side of the island, features forested uplands, a lake, and a waterfall. Cassel Falls, the highlight for most visitors, shouldn’t be missed, tumbling 30 meters from Cassel Lake directly down into the ocean. Follow the hiking trails to Cassel Lake, where the water can reach over 20°C – perfect for swimming. You can also enjoy a warm “shower” under the falls.
When you’ve had your fill of Cassel Lake, hike the short trail to nearby Black Lake and Roscoe Bay Provincial Park, situated in a small fjord on the east side of West Redonda Island. This 247-hectare park is a popular summer spot for those attracted to the lake’s warm water.
Also on the east side of the island, in the Waddington Channel, Walsh Cove Provincial Park provides a safe and scenic anchorage with opportunities for both hiking and cold ocean swimming. While there are no developed trails at this park, you can come ashore for a scenic walk along the shoreline and perhaps discover the abundance of oysters that Desolation Sound is known for.
Provincial parks abound on nearby islands, too, offering both scenic and rugged trails, as well as lakes, estuaries, and lagoons. Explore Ha’thayim Marine Provincial Park (Von Donop), Mansons Landing Provincial Park, or Smelt Bay Provincial Park on Cortes Island, hike to Unwin Lake on Mink Island for excellent summer swimming, enjoy a shady refuge of trails and small lakes at Desolation Sound Marine Park, or get out and discover other islands’ hiking routes and trails.