Distance: 8 km (5 miles) roundtrip. Elevation gain: 100 m (328 ft). Forest and beaches. Hiking trails by the lake. Beautiful at sunrise.

Buntzen Lake is located in a beautiful recreation area just north of Port Moody. Although the lake is man-made and maintained by BC Hydro, the surrounding area is full of forests, nice beach areas, and many trails for hiking including the Buntzen Lake Trail, which loops around the lake.

Beginning from the parking lot, walk to the beach and then head along the beach in a southerly direction to your left. As you walk further away from the popular beach area, a network of trails appears that enters into the forest.

Pack List

  • Camera, ND Filter
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Snacks
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Lake
Scenic

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Beautiful 3-hr Hike

Started from the busy south beach with a United Nations of BBQ's, inflatable rafts and happy, dancing families. A few steps into the trail the woods are totally still. A 3-hour round trip, with a break at the other end of the lake for dinner and a swim at the much quieter little beach with a tiny suspension bridge and a dock. Beautiful spot. Our GPS recorded over 13km (8.3 miles) & 2 elevation gains of over 300m. So it wasn't hard but could challenge some.

about 1 year ago

Enjoyable in the fall

My girlfriend and I went here in the fall, regretfully, we did not hike the trail but rather came to sit by the lake and enjoy the quiet(ish) surroundings. The boathouse is cool, but don't come here if you are just coming for the shot...

over 2 years ago

Can Be super busy in the summer

This is a fantastic place year round but can be very busy in the summer. So busy in fact they often close the gates around 11am. Make sure to get there early.


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