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Paddling Berman Lake

There is nothing like paddling on Prince George’s many local lakes. My husband and I have been kayaking for a few years now, and we are constantly discovering new lakes to explore; or even new attractions of old favourites. Here is your guide to kayaking one of our favourites: Berman Lake.

A kayaking favourite: Berman Lake

Tip of a kayak on Berman Lake.

Jon and I have our favourite lakes to kayak on, and Berman Lake is definitely one of them. Located about 45 minutes west of downtown Prince George on Norman Lake Road, Berman has two ideal places to launch your kayak or canoe; one is at the end of a short trail and includes a dock, another is on a beach by the picnic area. By far the easiest place to access the water is the beach.


From Prince George, drive west as if heading to Vanderhoof. Turn left onto Norman Lake Road and travel for just under three kilometres; there will be a sign for Berman Lake on the right. Turn right into the parking lot; if you’d like to access the trail with the dock, park here. If you’d like to use the beach, travel past this parking lot and continue to the end, where there will be a metal gate and another small parking lot. A short walk will bring you to outhouses, a picnic area and the beach – a wonderful place to launch from!


Loon on Berman Lake.

Berman Lake is home to many loons, the bird that is on the back of our Loonie! These beautiful birds with their barred feathers have been quite plentiful so far in 2020; one popped its head just a couple of feet from my kayak the last time hubby and I visited.  The lake is also home to other waterfowl, and rainbow trout and brook trout – we often see boaters fishing as well. There are also many trails to wander, and a nice beach for the kids to play in.

Of course, kayaking is not the only thing you can do to enjoy Prince George’s water; there are many spots for canoeing, motor boating and fishing.

Happy paddling!


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