>Small boats with a rounded bottom tip easily. Keep your centre
of gravity as low as possible by sitting or kneeling when reeling
in a fish.
>Watch the weather. Check the forecast before starting out.
Be alert for the wave, wind and cloud changes that signal bad
weather is approaching.
>Cold water reduces body heat 25 times faster than air does
at the same temperature. Many of the lakes in our recreation
facilities are cold enough to cause serious harm. Wearing your
PFD increases your survival time.
>Alcohol affects your ability to function in three critical ways.
Beach. Depth of water over the drop-off varies with
reservoir levels. Parents should keep small children within
arms length. Never leave children unsupervised while
they are in or near the water. Children and non-swimmers
should wear a personal flotation device (PFD).
>An approved PFD is required by law for each person
on board any boat or canoe. This includes inflatables.
Remember, it won’t work if you don’t wear it. A sound
signaling device, such as a whistle, is also required by law.
>Don’t overload your boat or canoe with people or gear.
Access
entrance gate
Note: Parking lots are located about 2km past the entrance gate.
Parking is on a first-come basis only. When parking lots are full, the
entrance gates will be closed for the day. No re-entry is permitted.
Gate opening and closing times change throughout the year. Please
take note of the closing time posted at entrance gate.
The C26 bus operates from Coquitlam Centre to Buntzen Lake daily.
Normally, this bus stops at the turnaround before the recreation area
entrance gate. It’s a 1.8km or 15 to 20 minute walk to the South Beach
area. During weekends and holidays between July and August, the
C26 bus will continue all the way into the South Beach area. For bus
schedules and information, phone 604 953 3333
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event of an emergency, contact the Recreation Area Warden
or phone 911. Visitors are required to obey the safety
directions of all on-site BC Hydro Recreation
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If you are not prepared to get wet, you are not prepared to go out
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All lakes, rivers and streams represent a potential danger to
public safety. Please note the following:
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Since operations of the hydroelectric facilities on Buntzen
Lake and Indian Arm are remotely controlled, they are
particularly hazardous to the public. Sudden adjustments
in water flows can occur without warning and cause strong
surface and underwater currents in the vicinity of the intake
structures and the tunnel outfalls. Swimming or boating in
these areas is extremely dangerous. For your personal safety,
please observe all warning signs and stay well back from BC
Hydro operating areas and structures.
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Safety Around Water
Your balance, judgment and reaction time are affected almost
immediately with the first drink. Remember, alcohol and water
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>Follow signs to Lougheed Highway (No.7), heading east
>Turn left onto Barnet Highway (No.7A) at a major intersection
For more information visit us at
bchydro.com/recreation or call
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Recreation area > Canoeing and kayaking (canoe rentals available at the
Anmore Store on Sunnyside Road, call 604 469 9928)
On-site amenities and attractions include:
> Parking
> Picnic tables, shelter and grass play areas
> Car-top boat, canoe launch and dock
> Viewpoints and interpretative displays
> Equestrian staging area
> Designated off-leash area for dogs
(right) shows three areas where your dogs may picnic with
you. The trail to the right leads to the off-leash area beside
Buntzen Creek. All dogs must be on a leash except in the two
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>Use of the picnic shelter is on a first-come basis with no
formal reservations. Contact the Warden if a large group
will be using the picnic areas, to avoid many groups using
the areas on the same day. The entire group must still arrive
before the parking area fills.
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History and hydroelectric
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Buntzen Lake, located just north of Ioco approximately 30km from
Vancouver, is a BC Hydro Reservoir. It is 4.8km long and covers
an area of 182 hectares. Formerly known as Lake Beautiful, the
lake is named after the first general manager of B.C. Electric Co.,
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For safety reasons and to limit damage, some trails are closed to
mountain bikes. Bicycles are not allowed on the hiking trails. Please
obey all posted signs.
Whether you are planning a short stroll through a coastal lowland
rainforest or a more adventurous hike into the surrounding
mountains, the Buntzen Lake area has it all. There are numerous
trail loops, depending on your time and fitness level. Plan to be back
at the parking lot 45 minutes before the recreation area closes.
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In 1903, the Buntzen hydroelectric project was put into service by
the Vancouver Power Company to provide the first hydroelectric
power to Vancouver. Buntzen No. 1 was constructed in 1903 with
an initial capacity of 1,500 kW. A second powerhouse, Buntzen
No. 2, was completed in 1914 with three pelton wheels delivering
a total of 26,700 kW. In 1951, the generating equipment in Buntzen
No. 1 was modernized to produce 55,000 kW in order to meet
Vancouver’s increasing need for power.
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recreational areas, please observe the following rules:
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