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Quennell Lake

Quennell Lake is one of the best destinations on south Vancouver Island, especially for fishing lovers. It is a large lake that looks like a small lake due to its varied shoreline, and it is a great place for paddling for a full afternoon or an hour.
Unfortunately, nearly all of Quennell Lake's lands are privately possessed; hence, no place exists for picnics or swimming without invading the private property.
Quennell Lake is home to many private lakefront farm estates along with great fishing. You could own a waterfront home there if you are lucky enough, but you won't observe many of those waterfront houses for sale. It takes only minutes to access everything offering by the community of Cedar from this lake.


Quennell Lake Location

Quennell Lake is a peaceful landmark located on the eastern side of Vancouver Island between Nanaimo and Ladysmith in the Yellow Point area. You can access the lake from Nanaimo Airport, which is about 6.3 km (3.9 miles) away, or get there by car or through waterways.
With just a little distance from downtown Nanaimo, Quennell Lake is an excellent place to relax. Paddling enthusiasts have chances for recreational kayaking or canoeing. The pleasure of swimming with your dog can make your journey memorable. There are several opportunities for excursions. You can find some parks nearby, such as Hemer Provincial Park, 4.8 km (3 miles) to the north, and Nanaimo River Regional Park, 11.7 km (7.2 miles) to the west. Also, you have a chance to explore ecological reserves like Ladysmith Bog Ecological Reserve 6 km (3.7 miles) to the southeast and Woodley Range Ecological Reserve 7.8 km (4.8 miles) to the south. Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens has placed 2.2 km (1.3 miles) to the northwest.


How to Get to Quennell Lake by Car

From Nanaimo:
The fastest route to Quennell Lake from downtown Nanaimo is Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S and Cedar Rd. It is 14.5 km (9 miles) and takes about 15 minutes.
Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S and Cedar Rd to Quennell Rd in Nanaimo A for 12.5 km (7.7 miles). Continue driving in Quennell Rd to your destination. After 2 km (1.2 miles), you will reach Quennell Lake.

From Victoria:
Getting to Quennell Lake from Victoria is possible via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N. It is 100 km (62.1 miles) and takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Take Government St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N for 1.2 km (0.7 miles). Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N to Cowichan Valley H. Take the exit towards Yellow Point/Cedar from Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N. Drive 93.3 km (58 miles). Continue on Cedar Rd to your destination in Nanaimo A, and after 5.9 km (3.6 miles), you will reach Quennell Lake.


The Hike to Get to Quennell Lake

There is no designated hiking trail to get to Quennell Lake.


History of Quennell Lake

The Quennell Lake area is the territory of Coast Salish People who crossed the Salish Sea's northern limit (aka the Strait of Georgia). SNUNEYMUXW, the Lake Cowichan, and STZ'UMINUS first nations are among the tribes who are living there.
Mrs. M. Haley, in 1978, reported that no flow exists from the Quennell Lake outlet to Holden Creek from late March to early January or the end of December. The flow may originate in late November and continue till early April over a year with remarkably heavy rainfall.


Things to Do around Quennell Lake Area

Quennell Lake is a friendly, unique, quiet, and beautiful place. It is an excellent destination for anglers and among the top ten in Canada for Bass fishing. Numerous twists and arms are making it exciting to fish and attractive to explore. Quennell Lake is famous locally for its excellent fishing in Nanaimo and the thriving bass population.
It is a peaceful spot. The water is clean and healthy but with a considerable deal of natural slime/Algae. There is a cool wooden structure in the camping area to jump off in the water. So it is possible for you to go down all the channels, look at houses and enjoy the water. The water is very calm, about 10 km (6.2 miles) to do the whole thing.

The Great Lakes Near Quennell Lake

Nanaimo Lakes

Nanaimo Lakes

Quennell Lake

Quennell Lake

Westwood Lake

Westwood Lake

Quennell Lake Activities

Hiking

There is no designated hiking trail, but it's possible to hike at the lakeside. Eleven km of easy walking exist through the marsh areas and the park along Holden Lake. The tracks are forested, mainly with mature coastal Douglas fir, big leaf maple, and red alder. The trails are simply well maintained and identifiable, and not marked. You should follow posted signs, keep the designated paths for your safety, and preserve the park. The soil structure and plant life are destroyed by shortcutting trails.

Canoeing

Dominating the landscape near Qunnell Lake in the ocean, various freshwater lakes appear where paddlers discover serenity in a rural situation. You can settle nearby Quennell Lake Hemer or Provincial Park on Holden Lake. In comparison, Quennel Lake is almost the bays with seven arms and an island in the middle, appearing as a little haven with decent beach access.

Wildlife Viewing

Hemer Provincial Park is an excellent area for watching birds. A viewing platform over the marsh, about 1 km from the parking lot, offers the opportunity of observing different kinds of ducks, Bald eagles, Trumpeter swans, turkey vultures, and beavers.

Fishing

You can go fishing at Hemer Provincial Park, taking only 4.8 km (2.9 miles). In Holden Lake, excellent opportunities are provided for catching Cutthroat trout. Nevertheless, limitations are included in the lake. Fishing is allowed as per federal and provincial fishing regulations. The anglers should examine the current rules issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada before fishing. Any angling or fishing person must have a proper license in British Columbia.

Horseback Riding

Hemer Provincial Park makes it possible for you horseback riding. At present, horses are allowed on the upper trails behind the service yard. Please share the designated trails with other park users. Horse riders need to eliminate any horse excrement from the park and dispose of it in a proper mode.

What You Can Expect to Do Near Quennell Lake

Hiking on Bowen Park Loop

Hiking on Bowen Park Loop

Hiking on Westwood Lake Trail

Hiking on Westwood Lake Trail

Hiking on Cable Bay Nature Trail

Hiking on Cable Bay Nature Trail

Hiking on the Mount Benson Loop

Hiking on the Mount Benson Loop

Hiking on the Nanaimo River Trail

Hiking on the Nanaimo River Trail

Nanaimo Diving

Nanaimo Diving

Nanaimo Yacht Club Whale Watching

Nanaimo Yacht Club Whale Watching

Protection Island Ferry Whale Watching

Protection Island Ferry Whale Watching

Nanaimo Whale Watching

Nanaimo Whale Watching

Nanaimo Kayaking and Canoeing

Nanaimo Kayaking and Canoeing

Ladysmith Kayaking

Ladysmith Kayaking

The wreck of the Robert Kerr Diving

The wreck of the Robert Kerr Diving

Elliot's Beach Park Diving

Elliot's Beach Park Diving

Boeing 737 Jet Plane Diving

Boeing 737 Jet Plane Diving

Alcala Point in Porlier Pass Diving

Alcala Point in Porlier Pass Diving

Quennell Lake Outline

Specifications

Climate

Water Temperature

Timing


1. The numbers are estimated on average.
1- All the numbers are for surface temperature.
2- The numbers are estimated on average.

What You Can Expect to See Near Quennell Lake

Nanaimo Lakes

Nanaimo Lakes

Colliery Dam Park

Colliery Dam Park

Maffeo Sutton Park

Maffeo Sutton Park

Nanaimo River

Nanaimo River

Beaufort Park

Beaufort Park

Pipers Lagoon Park

Pipers Lagoon Park

Bowen Park

Bowen Park

Nanoose Bay

Nanoose Bay

Chinese Memorial Gardens Park

Chinese Memorial Gardens Park

Neck Point Park

Neck Point Park

Beach Estates Park

Beach Estates Park

Westwood Lake Park

Westwood Lake Park

Kanaka Bay

Kanaka Bay

Woodley Range Ecological Reserve

Woodley Range Ecological Reserve

Ladysmith Bog Ecological Reserve

Ladysmith Bog Ecological Reserve

Planning for Quennell Lake

Suitability

Camping & Resort

Services

Packing

Travel Tips




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