Lady Lake

Lady Lake is located in Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island, on the forbidden plateau, a very beautiful setting for sure. The forbidden plateau is a beautiful plateau on the east side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, located northwest of Comox lake, roughly between Mount Albert Edward to the southwest and Mount Washington to the northeast. This is such a pretty lake, a jewel of Strathcona Park.

The alpine terrain is broken up by small, rugged hills and pitted with small lakes, there are 10 bigger lakes that make up the forbidden plateau lakes. Most of the plateau is contained within Strathcona provincial park. There is a large network of trails for hiking, cross country skiing, or access to Mount Albert Edward for climbing

Lady Lake
Lady Lake, Photo By Bud Logan

An alpine meadow on mount Beecher in the southwest corner of the plateau is the only site in Canada where the Olympic Onion grows. This onion plant is a low-growing perennial wildflower with a couple of flattened, grass-like basal leaves which may be toothed. The strongly flattened stem is shorter than the leaves and the flowers are pink with deeper pink mid-veins and pointed tips. The stamens are roughly about 1 to 2 cm and the anthers are usually yellow. You do not see this flower on most of the island as it is quite rare here, but there are many growing around Lady Lake.

There is plenty of wildlife here, you could see bears, deer, elk, or maybe the Vancouver Island Marmot, the whiskey jacks are quite numerous here and will eat from your hands. They like pepperoni and granola bars and will swarm a hiker who has brought some, eating out of your hands or taking food from your mouth, love these little birds.

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