Vancouver Island – Morton Lake

One of our favourite Provincial Campsites on Vancouver Island is Morton Lake.  Not everyone likes to go there because it means driving on about 20km of logging roads before you arrive.  The sites are smallish, privacy is average but the lake is well worth the effort.  We have made this an annual trip for the past 10+ years and have already reserved for 2019.  The lake itself is part of the “Land of Lakes” near Campbell River. During the summer, visitors can fill their days swimming, canoeing, boating or just lounging on the sandy beach at Morton Lake.

Neighbouring Mohun Lake, provides access to the popular Sayward Canoe Route – a 47-kilometre paddle and portage circuit.

In 1938 a devastating fire burned more than 30,000 hectares of forest surrounding Morton Lake to the ground . The fire, which burned for more than one month, inspired a massive replanting effort the following year, during which 800,000 Douglas fir trees were planted in one month – an incredible accomplishment in those days.

 

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