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Waterfront Picnic Spots


Beat the heat, and get to the water with these five charming lakefront picnic locations. Grab a bite from a local eatery, or fill your own picnic basket (try the farmer’s market for in-season products) and hit the road for a full day or half-day adventure.

Vivian Lake Resort (40km North)

This gem of a resort has day-use spots with access to the waterfront for a gentle swim and a steady dock for casting a fishing line out. Strap on your canoe, kayak or paddleboard and you can explore the water with a relaxing paddle. Check Vivian Lake Resort’s Facebook for details about their day-use area. Local Tip: This is a great lake to visit if you want to spend your day swimming!

West Lake (22km West)

With picnic tables equipped with extra room for barbecues, a dog beach, walking trails and a boat launch, West Lake is an ideal location for an easy family picnic. This provincial park also features a volleyball net and a horseshoe pit where you can challenge your family to a couple of games. Local Tip: This is a great lake to kayak in.

Berman Lake (45km West)

Berman Lake provides the perfect location for a day trip getaway and is only roughly 30 minutes from downtown. With 3 kilometers of trails and a designated swimming area, you can really work up your appetite before stopping at one of the two picnic areas for lunch. Local Tip: This is one of the best lakes around Prince George for paddleboarding, allowing paddlers to find protected coves and inlets.

Ferguson Lake (18km North)

Don’t forget to bring the fishing rod with you while you are out visiting this popular lake. Enjoy an afternoon stroll around the walking trails and boardwalk or settle in at the picnic area to enjoy some grub. Ferguson lake has a little bit for everyone so get out and #TakeonPG. Local Tip: Stay on the lookout for the beaver dam and old fur trading cabin!

Shane Lake

Located within city limits, Shane Lake has so much to offer! Choose one of the 15 kilometers of trails to explore in Forests for the World before settling in the picnic area for a quick snack. There’s also a protective gazebo if the weather turns. Test your hand at fishing by casting off from one of the two docks on Shane Lake. Local Tip: This is the perfect lake for kids interested in fishing.

Click here for a map showing all of these locations!