One of the many treats to be found inside Golden Ears Provincial Park is Alouette Lake, one of the most popular lakes in the whole Metro Vancouver area.
Welcome to Alouette Lake
The shores of Alouette Lake have a varied composition, with some areas of beautiful sand, some rocky stretches, and other areas that can quickly become muddy – so some good aqua shoes are recommended should you want to go wading. Alouette Lake is flanked by tremendous mountain views and comes complete with a large stretch of well-maintained lawn that is perfect for family picnics.
You will find many amenities around Alouette Lake, including sinks, flush toilets (during the peak seasons – otherwise, you will find outhouses with pit toilets), picnic tables, BBQ equipment, as well as hot showers at the nearby Alouette Lake campgrounds.
While Alouette Lake does have a massive car parking area, if you are planning to visit during the summer months, you should get down early (as in, earlier than 11 am!) to avoid crowds and get yourself a good spot. Alouette Lake is deservedly popular, and it is not unheard of for those arriving in the late afternoon during the peak season to be turned away. This goes doubly for sunny weekends and national work holidays.
IMPORTANT: All visitors to Golden Ears Provincial Park are required to obtain a FREE Day Use Pass from DiscoverCamping.ca.
Outdoor Sports Opportunities at Alouette Lake
Alouette Lake and its surrounding areas are not just perfect for sunbathers and leisurely swimmers – you will also find a large number of opportunities for outdoor adventure and water sports. The lake itself is open from April through to October.
The waters of Alouette Lake are a popular place for windsurfing and water-skiing, so make sure you bring your equipment if you are passionate about either of these.
If you do not have any gear but still want to get involved in water sports at the lake, you can hire canoes, kayaks, or pedal boats on-site in the Alouette Lake day-use area. These boat rental services run only on weekends from the May long weekend to late June. From late June to Labour Day, boat rentals run every day, as long as the weather permits. View the full spread of information about Alouette Lake Boat Rentals.
If you are looking to launch your own boat, you will find a four-lane cement boat launch at the lake’s southern end. There is an overnight parking lot for both vehicles and trailers nearby, allowing you to use the boat-accessible camping areas. Please note, the boat launch area is only open from May to October.
If you are fond of fishing, Alouette Lake is carefully stocked each year with both Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, as well as native Lake Char. The great span and depth of Alouette Lake, in conjunction with careful stocking, means that sustainable fishing is the name of the game. However, you will need the appropriate license to fish here, and you should check the current B.C. regulations before planning your fishing trip.
We would suggest getting yourself down to one of the many less-populated bays, streams, or shoreline areas for the best fishing results. The combination of shallow waters popular with bathers and a steep drop-off means that fishing in the popular areas could present quite a challenge.
If you prefer sports of the dry variety, you can find five hiking trails coming directly off Alouette Lake. There are also additional trails designated for mountain biking and horse riding.
Alouette Lake Camping
There are many Alouette Lake camping options within Golden Ears Provincial Park that we covered in this video and in our guide – Best Ever Guide to Golden Ears Provincial Park. Here is a quick summary for ease of reference:
Here are the Alouette Lake Backcountry Campgrounds that are accessed only by boat:
- Alouette Lake at Moyer Creek
- The Narrows
- Alouette River
Here are the Alouette Lake Vehicle Accessible Campgrounds:
- Gold Creek
- North Beach
Please remember to follow marine camping ethics. A backcountry permit is required for $5/person/night.