Paterson lake on Vancouver Island is located just north of grey lake which is on the Brewster Lake road. Turn onto the Paterson lake road just north of fry lake. Or you can reach the lake from the camp five mainline just above Brewster lake. This Lake has some great fishing in it. I remember coming to this lake when l was just 6 or 7, more than 50 years ago. A friend of my dads had a cabin at the east end of the lake and we would go and spend the weekend fishing the lake. The cabin is gone now but the old wharf is still there.
The fish were big but I was small so maybe they just seemed big. I still remember one time when we there in the fall, my dad and older brothers had headed out hunting and I was left behind at the cabin. I, being 9, got bored pretty fast and figured I would take out the 12 boat to fish, it had a 9.9 gas motor.
I ran down the lake and was going to fish my way back, but as I turned the motor to steer the boat back in the direction of the cabin, the motor jammed and l could not straighten it out, the boat would only go in circles. If I was not back soon and my dad got back and found me gone, it would create panic and I was going to be in deep shit. There was a paddle on board and I tried to paddle the boat but it was going to take forever, so I fired up the motor, stuck a stick in the gunnel and put the paddle out on the side that was on the outside of the turn, by adjusting this, l was able to make my way back. My dad was pissed at me, as he had already returned. But on the hand, he was quite impressed at how I got back.
For the last 30 or so years, a family has lived on the island in the lake. The forestry tried to have them removed several times but the courts would let them stay. I did not see anything wrong with them being there. Then one day, the old guy had to go to town for some medical appointments and well they were in town, their house was burnt down by the Ministry. They lost all their stuff but more than that, they lost their way of life that they had made for themselves. I don’t understand why they needed to remove them as they were doing no harm and had built a wonderful home on that island.