British Columbia, Canada is a land of many small and large lakes numbering in the thousands - most are natural lakes, some man made reservoirs. The lakes include far off fly-in only wilderness lakes, backcountry gravel road lakes, dammed rivers, high alpine lakes, community lakes and park lakes.
Water sports in BC are a great way to enjoy the abundant number of lakes in the province. Every year people visit British Columbia lakes to enjoy water sport activities like water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, swimming, jet skiing, kite surfing, parasailing, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and windsurfing.
The community, reservoir and park lakes are the most popular for water sports. The developed lakes attract people with boats, trailers, motorhomes, campers, recreational watercrafts and every day vehicles. The majority of the community, reservoir and park lakes include good roads, large parking lots and boat launches.
The community, reservoir and park lakes in BC are, in many cases, well maintained. Some have more services than others like campgrounds, paved boat launches, docks, piers, marinas and day use facilities. Local community groups and parks staff take great pride in the lakes they care for so it is important to show respect and clean up after yourself.
Top destinations for water skiing and wakeboarding in British Columbia include Cowichan Lake and Comox Lake on Vancouver Island; Lac La Hache , Mahood and Williams Lake in the Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast region; Shuswap Lake in the Thompson-Shuswap region; Revelstoke, Windermere and Upper Arrow Lakes in the Kootenay region and the many lakes in the Okanagan Valley.
For parasailing, kite surfing and windsurfing some of the more windier destinations in British Columbia include The Spit in Squamish, off the waterfront in Victoria, on Okanagan Lake in Kelowna and Skaha Lake in Penticton, both located in the Okanagan Valley. Rentals and lessons are available from various operators in the communities.