An Introduction…

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    PARK HOURS AS OF 15 April 2015 are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
    (These hours should remain unchanged until late August)

    The Buntzen Lake Recreation Area, located just north of Anmore and a 45 minute drive east of Vancouver, is a nature lover’s paradise. Buntzen Lake is flanked by Eagle Ridge/Mountain (1,240 m) to the east and Buntzen Ridge (560 m) to the west.  Indian Arm Provincial Park and Belcarra Regional Park make up a large portion of the surrounding hiking trails. There are numerous hiking trails suited for all levels of experience and physical abilities.

    North Beach, Buntzen Lake
    North Beach, Buntzen Lake

    Buntzen Lake, once named Trout Lake and later Lake Beautiful (by a group of hikers) was named Buntzen Lake in 1905 in honour of the first general manager of the BC Electric Railway Co., Johannes Buntzen. Buntzen Lake is an active hydroelectric reservoir that was once Vancouver’s main electricity source. Check the HISTORY page to find out more !!

    Today, the Lake Buntzen Power Plant produces less than 0.4% of the power produced by the generating facilities owned by BC Hydro. However it has the distinction of being the first hydroelectric generating plant to supply the Lower Mainland of BC. In the early years it was considered to be an engineering marvel and after over 100 years – it still produces inexpensive power. In 1972, BC Hydro completed the formal development and beautification of the Buntzen Lake Reservoir Recreation Area.

    Winter scene at Buntzen Lake
    Winter scene at Buntzen Lake

    NOTE: Buntzen Lake can get very busy, especially on sunny summer weekends. Even with roughly 600 parking spaces, once it’s full, their policy is to stop letting people in for safety reasons. If it’s a weekend or holiday and the weather is gorgeous, get to the lake before 11:00 (It has even been full at 10:30) so you can enjoy your day. That being said, sometimes they re-open the gate in the early afternoon – call the Warden’s office to check).

    Hiking at Buntzen Lake
    Hiking at Buntzen Lake
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