Harrison Lake is the largest lake in the southern Coast Mountains of Canada. The lake is glacial fed and is about 60 km in length and at its widest almost 9 km across. As a glacier fed lake the water is cold and although it can warm up in the summer you need to be prepared and understand the impact of cold water on your body and your abilities. For more information go to the Red Cross Cold Water safety page.
Weather and water conditions play a big role in your safety on the water. Before heading out on the lake, make sure you get the latest forecast for your area and that you understand what it means. You should also be aware that Harrison Lake is known for its unpredictable weather conditions and like many other Canadian lakes, water temperatures can vary throughout the year.
Thunderstorms can also strike quickly and without warning, so keep your eye on the sky when you are out on the water. If it starts to look dark and cloudy, and conditions are changing quickly, head for shore. Remember to check your up-to-date nautical charts in advance so that you will know where to find shelter.
Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Tips
Be prepared – always wear a life jacket/personal floatation device (PFD).
Be smart – alcohol and boating do not mix.
Be aware – water conditions can change rapidly. Harrison Lake is known for its unpredictable weather conditions, including strong wind gusts.
Be safe – ensure your vessel has the required safety gear on board and sufficient fuel.
Be informed – know your limitations, open water conditions can be challenging. Expect cold water and limit the swim time accordingly.
If you wish to do some recreational boating or participate in the many water sports, please make sure you have knowledge of boating safety, practices and behaviors before you embark on these activities. For more information on water safety and drowning prevention, please visit:
BC Yukon Lifesaving Society www.lifesaving.bc.ca
Transport Canada, Office of Boating Safety www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety
Canadian Safe Boating Council www.csbc.ca/en
Canadian Red Cross www.redcross.ca