Written by Karen McLeod. July 21, 2016

It was supposed to rain. But that’s what the weather forecast had said the previous two days (and it hadn’t rained until the evening), so I stopped looking at the hourly weather forecast on my iPhone and got on with my life.

I packed a picnic, the uboats, fishing rods, a giant floatie and a book. Rain or shine, we were there for the day. I read for a bit, and then I did the The Lost Lake Dock Tour. Wait, don’t google it. There’s no guide, no passport to stamp at each dock and, quite possibly, no one else doing it.

The Lost Lake Dock Tour is simply this: Swim, paddle or row around Lost Lake taking a break at each of the six docks. From the main dock, go right to the doggie dock at Canine Cove, then continue counter-clockwise around the lake, hitting the nudie beach dock (nudity not mandatory), the dock at the end of the lake, another one just like it, and then to something that looks some tires floating. The dock is upside down.  The dock at the end of the lake is my favorite because you feel so far from the madding crowd, even though you are on a small lake that is a 2-minute drive from the village.

While I towed a fishing line and rowed from dock to dock, four teenagers did the tour on a single paddle board. A woman in a speedo, goggles and swim cap front crawled between the docks with a yellow floating device bobbing behind her. Good idea!

I saw tadpoles wriggle, a fish jump, a dog in a life jacket afraid of the water, two Asian tourists taking their photo with topless women in the background, and boys sumo wrestling on a gigantic tube.

There is no parking at Lost Lake between 10:15am and 6:15pm, but there’s a free shuttle from the bus loop (Gondola Exchange Bay) in the village. Walk in 15, bike in 5, or get someone to drop you off with all your beach toys, like I did!

To rent a SUP (stand-up paddle board) for the day, contact Backroads Whistler.