The Valley of Trails is fortunate enough to have not one, but two of Vancouver Island’s premiere warm water lakes. A well-kept secret, Great Central Lake is Vancouver Island’s third largest lake. Great Central Lake is 35 kilometers long, with an area of 49 square kilometers, and a depth of 335m
Carved by glaciers during the last ice age the lake is long and narrow, nestled beneath low mountains, with majestic second growth forest hugging nearly the entire shoreline. The lake is paradise for swimming, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, hiking, and ATVing. Great Central Lake is also home to Della Falls, which at 440 meters are the highest waterfalls in Canada, and one of the Valley of Trails very best hikes.
Great Central Lake is perhaps most famous for camping and fishing. The lake is full of large trout and is also the headwaters for the Stamp River. The Stamp River offers some of the very best Steelhead and Salmon fishing on all of Vancouver Island.