Explore what Buntzen Lake has to offer
Recreation area now open
After closing in March due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Buntzen Lake Trails reopened on May 21 and the lake, beaches, dock, picnic areas and dog park reopened on June 6. We're prioritizing the safety of our visitors and have implemented new safety measures including physical distancing signage, one-way hiking trails, increased cleaning, limits to the amount of visitors and parking allowed, and reduced hours of operation (8 a.m – 7 p.m.).
Visitors can access trails from the east side of the lake, and we ask that you please follow posted signs. Please remember to stay close to home and only visit recreation areas in your community. If you plan to visit, please follow the new safety measures.
With one visit to Buntzen Lake, you'll understand why it's our most popular recreation site. This picturesque lake is encircled by trails spanning through the forests ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging. Head down to the shore to enjoy your choice of two sandy beaches, or cast off in your boat for a day on the water. Bring your furry friend along to enjoy the off-leash dog area, or take your horse out on one of our equestrian-friendly trails. All of this is conveniently located in Port Moody's backyard.
Pack up the car and get here early. Parking is limited and the gates are locked for the remainder of the day once the lots are full. Plan your trip before you go and find important notices about closures and parking here.
Also note that due to dry conditions this summer, there's a ban on all smoking in the Buntzen Lake area. Charcoal barbecues are banned year-round.
What Buntzen Lake has to offer
Pick your beach
Located right beside the parking lot, South Beach sports all kinds of outdoor activities. Set up your beach blanket for a day in the sun or unpack your lunch at one of the nearby picnic tables scattered across the sand. Anglers can often be spotted casting from the large dock extending from the beach. You'll also find a fenced-off area for your dog to stretch their legs and splash in the water. Large groups can choose to dine together under the communal picnic shelter, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For those up for a walk, North Beach is located on the opposite end of the lake and is accessible from the Buntzen Lake Trail. Those willing to make the trek will be rewarded with views from this quieter beach, which includes a dock and nearby suspension bridge.
Get out on the water
Explore the lake from the water for a unique perspective of the site. Join other boaters and paddle 3 km from one end to the other through the calm waters of Buntzen Lake.
Kayaks, canoes and electric motor boats welcome
Use our boat launch at South Beach to navigate your non-motorized or electrically motorized vessel into the lake.
Rent a boat
Day use rentals are also available at the Anmore Store & Recreation Ltd. on Sunnyside Road near the entrance to the park.
Explore the lakeviews and forest trails
Trails in the Buntzen Lake area are varied enough to suit hikers of all levels of experience and ability. The surrounding Indian Arm Provincial Park and Belcarra Regional Park offer an abudance of trails in addition to those found at Buntzen Lake to make for a full day of hiking opportunities.
Cross a few bridges on your journey
Along the north end of the Buntzen Lake Trail, you'll come across a bridge suspended between North Beach and the west portion of the trail. The wide open area gives you spectacular views of the lake from every direction.
As you begin the Buntzen Lake Trail from the south end, you'll find our floating bridge. Cross over and choose from several routes to pursue. Keep your eye out for horses along the loop trail; this is a popular route for equestrian enthusiasts.
Climb the Diez Vista for an unforgettable viewpoint
If you're looking for a more challenging day, one of Buntzen's most popular trails offers challenging terrain. You'll be rewarded for your hard work with a glimpse of Deep Cove and the west coastline with one of B.C.'s most Instagram-worthy viewpoints.
Get here early, parking is limited
Parking is regulated to ensure the safety of our visitors. Arrive early to get a spot or be prepared to walk approximately 2 km from the street outside the park to reach South Beach. Check for notices on our website before you go for important updates such as closure times (so that you can make sure your car is removed before the gate is locked).
Gate is locked for the day when lots are full
Our 600-stall parking lots can fill up early, especially in the busy season. Once lots are full, the entrance gate will be closed for the remainer of the day. This is to prevent lineups along the road, which could impede emergency access. No re-entry is permitted.
Public transit options are available
The C26 bus operates from Coquitlam Centre to Buntzen Lake daily. The bus stops near the park gate, and the beach is located 1.8 km, or a 15 - 20 minute walk, past the gates.
Lake Beautiful: then and now
A powerful past
Located just north of Ioco Road about 30 km east of Vancouver, Buntzen Lake is a reservoir that's 4.8 km long and covers an area of 182 hectares.
Buntzen Lake was the first hydroelectric generating station in B.C. to provide power to the Lower Mainland. Before being put into service in 1904, the area was dependent on a steam plant for power supply. Two powerhouses once operated in the region with one being decommissioned in the early 2000s. Today, Buntzen No.2 continues to operate with a capacity of 55,000 kW of power.
Formerly known as Lake Beautiful, the lake is named for the first general manager of B.C. Electric Co., Johannes Buntzen.
Buntzen Lake in photos
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