Nanaimo Bodies of Water
This attractive, popular suburban lake offers excellent Bass fishing. Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout are also found there. A car top boat launch is on-site. The lake is located on the east side of Island Highway North, 6.5 km (4 mi) northwest of Nanaimo city centre.
This small, suburban lake is a convenient fishing spot with opportunities to reel in Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. Located just 13 km northwest of Nanaimo's city centre, follow Metral Drive off Island Highway 19, Doumont Road and Jenkins Road.
Lucid Lake offers great light-tackle fishing for trout. Located 17.5 km (11 mi) southwest of Nanaimo's city centre, the lake can be reached on Nanaimo Lakes Road and Mount Benson Viewpoint Road, a 4x4 vehicle is recommended.
This lake is one of Nanaimo's more popular freshwater summer swimming spots with a sandy beach, playground, and changing rooms.
Strait of Georgia
Named after George Vancouver of Great Britain in 1792, the Strait of Georgia runs for 250 km (150 mi) between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. The strait connects with Puget Sound in the south and Johnstone Strait in the north and contains several islands, including the Gulf Islands. As well as being a popular body of water for diving and whale-watching, the strait is a major navigation channel for ferries and cruise ships.
Healey Lake (Panther Lake)
Located 37 km (23 mi) west of Nanaimo, Healey Lake offers excellent fly-fishing throughout summer, restrictions apply. A car top boat launch is located on-site, as are rustic campsites. Get there via the Nanaimo Lakes Road to Branch C, at the west end of Second Lake.
Situated 10 km (6 mi) northwest of Nanaimo, this lake is well frequented by anglers. Both cutthroat and rainbow trout are stocked. Swimming is also a popular activity at Brannen Lake. There is a boat launch on the lake and a campsite nearby.