By far, one of the most memorable moments of the 2017 Summer, was my hike up to Century Sam Lake.
Yes… the water really is THAT blue!
This gem is located in Strathcona Provincial Park, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Although it is completely worth it to attempt this hike, it is not the easiest hike to get to. The trailhead is located on the Comox Main logging road, which is owned by Timberwest Forest Corporation. The area is open to the public on weekends only; however, with the rising fire hazards in British Columbia, the gate can be closed at any time. I recommend visiting the Timberwest Facebook page to check on the status of gates before attempting the trip.
Once you pass the gate hurdle, you go down the logging road until you hit a bridge which will be followed by signage for Cruickshank Main. Turn right onto this main. Follow the road until you come to a fork in the road. Then turn left onto the road that is signed “East Fork Main”. After about 5 minutes of driving, there will be small signs for the Comox Glacier trailhead. Comox Glacier and Century Sam Lake have the same trailhead so continue to follow these signs. Our truck began to struggle about 2km from the trailhead, as the logging road is full of deactivation ditches. We parked 2km away from the trailhead and walked the road. The trailhead is very noticeable and well marked. You will cross the river and come across 2 signs. One sign points to the Century Sam Lake Trail and one points to the Comox Glacier Trail. Once on the trail, the path is beaten and easy to follow. The trail is not maintained like the rest of Strathcona Provincial Park. The trail is full of roots and requires some bushwhacking. Watch your step on the trail and be prepared.
The hike is about 8km from the trailhead and took about 2 hours each way. Leave lots of time to spend at the Lake!
If you can manage to find a way to cross the river flowing from the lake, go check out the rock cairn and snow caves on the other side.
The water was still high in mid-July, so in order to cross the river, we removed our hiking boots and walked through the water. The water is so cold that my water obsessed Spring Spaniel didn’t even go for a swim.
Just look at her unimpressed face…
REMINDER: Please be respectful of the wildlife and ecosystems. Pack out everything you packed in and take nothing but memories!