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At the heart of Vancouver Island lies one of British Columbia’s finest jewels – Great Central Lake. A well-kept secret, Great Central Lake is, in fact, one of British Columbia’s most beautiful warm water lakes. Great Central Lake is 35 kilometers long, with an area of 49 square kilometers, making it the third largest lake on Vancouver Island.
Carved by glaciers during the last ice-age, the lake is long and narrow, beautifully nestled beneath low mountains, with majestic second growth forests hugging nearly the entire shoreline. It is this make-up that has allowed Great Central Lake to remain so wild and natural.
Great Central Lake is home to large (by Vancouver Island standards) trout. It is also the headwaters of the Stamp River, which is world famous for both Steelhead and Salmon fishing. It is not uncommon to see Black Bear, Sitka Deer or Racoon traipsing along the water’s edge. The lucky visitor to Great Central Lake may also catch a glimpse of a Cougar or Vancouver Island Wolf!
In an increasingly hectic world, Great Central Lake offers an oasis to get away from it all. It is a place where time slows down and priceless memories are made. Great Central Lake’s warm waters provide the perfect place to enjoy adventures of the human variety. Swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, boating, kayaking, canoeing, wake surfing are all common summer activities on the lake. You will find the perfect terrain for hiking, camping and ATV-ing.
Two of Great Central Lake’s most popular destinations are Della Falls and Dorothy Creek. Standing an imposing 440 meters above sea level, Della Falls are the highest water falls in all of Canada. Dorothy Creek’s glacier fed streams have formed a natural waterslide into the lake. Both stunning and iconic destinations are jewels of the Alberni Valley and gems that area local’s absolutely treasure!
Properties in the Great Central Lake area are scare, seldom being offered and always in demand. Those wishing to own a home or property on Great Central Lake are limited to four options: an RV at the Trestle RV Resort, named after the historic train trestle crossing part of the lake; a floating home along the banks of the lake; one of the unique and few private islands; or a acreage/farm a few minutes drive from the lake.
Those lucky enough to have properties in the Great Central Lake area of the Alberni Valley often pass them down to their family members through generations. That being said; where there is a will, there is a way! Patiently waiting for the right timing and opportunity will pay off in spades for those willing to pursue this spectacular dream.
The title of this section ought to read, What ISN’T there to do in Central Lake? The list is endless and limited only by the imagination of the individual. Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, jet skiing, canoeing, even skinny dipping under the light of the full moon are options awaiting you when you visit this wonderous place! The warm water lake will invite you in the moment you arrive, and you will already be planning your next visit before you leave.
Activity on Great Central Lake revolves around the Great Central Lake RV Resort and Marina. Set along the shoreline, the resort offers serviced seasonal RV sites, a boat launch with moorage and a traditional Jamaican Jerk Hut that is open during the summer season. Marley’s Joint is so popular that they often sell out of food an hour after they open, so make sure to get there early! Great Central Lake RV and Marina & Marley’s Joint are owned and operated by Mark and Danielle Marley and pays homage to none other than the great Bob Marely himself. In fact, Mark and Bob share a family bloodline!
There is a water taxi service that can whisk your party to the Della Falls hiking trail to help get your adventure to the world-famous falls. A relatively new operation, this service has made Della Falls more accessible than it ever has been. A fiercely guarded local secret for years, the locals of Port Alberni have finally opened our arms to sharing this epic destination hike to the world. It is just too gorgeous not to share!
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