Hayward Lake

Mission, British Columbia V4S 1C1

Hayward Lake

Hayward Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hayward Lake Reservoir sits on the downstream side of Stave Falls and Blind Slough
Dams, two of many BC hydroelectricity projects. As such, the landscape can vary
from an apocalyptic lake bottom to tranquil recreation area, depending on the water
levels. This moderate woodland hike leads to spectacular Steelhead Falls and then
follows the lakeshore through a lesser-traveled tract of forest."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Easy Hiking Around Vancouver (Greystone Books)
Jean Cousins
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"With the completion in 1999 of an east-side trail, Hayward Lake reservoir, between the Ruskin and Stave Falls dams, now offers 17 km (10.5 miles) of all-season walking that can be tailored to suit hikers of all levels. At the northern end, B.C. Hydro provides a recreation area with picnic tables and other facilities, as well as a short nature walk around a beaver pond. Families with small children might prefer to park here and content themselves with the beaver pond and some of the gentle Railway Trail on the lake’s western side or tour the Stave Falls dam and powerhouse, where a visitor centre (open May to October) offers historical displays, a theatre and a gift shop." Read more

Hayward Lake Reviews

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A terrible bike ride, could be a very nice hike. Lots of wooden paths and steps. Looks like the trail used to be nice, but slides have made the trail go around the flat areas. We took kids, and a trailer and it was a miserable day.
Suggestion, the lake is nice. Instead of starting where the book says (wrong!!), start at Stave Park at the other end, just ride until it gets steeps (about 3 miles) and turn around. Then swim at the beach and enjoy the day. The roads are also too steep for kids. There was also a bear sighted on the trail, so stay aware.

Seems like this book is very outdated and I would be very cautious using any other recommendations from this book.- David

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Trail Information

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3 hours
BC Hydro, (604) 462-7533; www.bchydro.com/community/recreation_areas /hayward_lake.html
Local Contacts
A BC Hydro online map of Hayward and Stave Lakes is available at www.bchydro.com. A topographic map (92G1) is available through the National Topographic System and online at www.atlas.gc.ca.
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Dec 2018