Mariwood Lake

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Mariwood Lake
Mariwood Lake, Photo By Bud Logan

Mariwood lake on Vancouver Island is one of those lakes that can just take your breath away. It has always done that to me. On a foggy morning, it is overwhelming.

The fishing is not bad but don’t go there to fish. This is one of those places that are full of wildlife and birds of all sorts. It has scenery that is so pretty, you will hardly believe its a real place, and not some Hollywood creation. This is why you should go there.

Mariwood lake is about a 3-hour hike from the paradise meadows trailhead. It is an easy hike that goes through some awesome areas, so bring your camera and be prepared to be amazed. Come in the spring and check out the wildflower display, such majestic beauty.

Gray Jays
Gray Jays, Photo By Robert Logan

The lake is stocked with rainbow trout annually and they can reach about 35 cm in length. Mariwood lake is best fished in the summer months. There is nothing like a fry up of fresh trout on a warm summer day. The smell of the coffee, the sounds of the forest birds, this is good for you.

There are so many lakes and hiking opportunities here for you to enjoy, all you need to do is put on your hiking boots, head up to Mount Washington and head out on a trail. Bring your camera and some treats for the whiskey jack birds and have a very pleasant time along with getting a healthy workout.

I have always enjoyed the hiking in this area, we hike here summer and winter, during the summer months, there can tend to be quite a few folks out hiking, but during the winter months, the place quite often is all yours. Yours and the Whiskey Jacks.

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