Hayward Lake

A popular local swimming hole that offers an array of outdoor recreation in all seasons.

Hayward Lake

This beautiful lake offers an array of outdoor recreation for all seasons. Popular for its sandy beach and swimming in the warm summer months, or for non-motorized boating making it ideal for Kayaking and canoeing year-round (note electric boats are allowed but must be carried to the water as no trailers are allowed at the launch area).

Have a pup? Don’t forget to bring them too! With a specialized dog-friendly beach area, you are sure to make a splash and enjoy a fantastic summer spot together.

Want to enjoy Hayward Lake the rest of the year? Extend your season with the available trails and walks.

As you head into Mission drop by Energy Wisdom and Tea Lounge for your drinks and snacks.

As a BC Hydro lake, you can make a full day of it and stop into the Powerhouse at Stave Falls which is situated at the north of the lake - this tells the story of the dam and its creation for hydro-electrical power.

Know before you go:

Be aware that due to the popularity of this site the parking lot often reaches capacity prior to 10 a.m. on a sunny weekend and the gate then closes to vehicles.  Check before you go @bchydro and have an alternate location in mind.

Due to overcrowding and unsafe parking conditions, no parking signage will be installed and enforced on Dewdney Trunk Road.

Golden Rules for exploring our beautiful backyard:

Please ensure dogs are kept on a leash at all times, with the exception of the dog beach.

Please pack in and pack out all garbage.

Be mindful of your surroundings and wear appropriate clothing for the time of year.

Be respectful of others using the trails.

Let others know of your intended route and estimated return time.

There is zero tolerance for alcohol consumption at this location.

Check out AdventureSmart for further information or use an app like AllTrails for further direction