Summer time is for swimming, hiking, and jumping off tall lake-side rocks. Brohm Lake is one of my favourite spots to hit up in the summer because the combination of forest, lake, and rocky nooks to hang out on. It isn’t too far from Vancouver, yet still feels like a scenic escape from the city.
Brohm Lake is just north of Squamish and is located beside the highway. The lake is long and narrow with trails that run along both sides. The paths are not steep or difficult but do require the occasional branch grabbing and careful foot placement to avoid tripping or falling. This is part of why I love this lake though, the trek in is more than just a pebbled path and is part of the fun in getting to the water.
There are no sandy beaches at Brohm, but there are many rocky platforms and small bays that you can call home for the day. There is often a rope-swing set up not far from the parking lot, and further down the path is a great spot for cliff jumping. Next to a small cove is a large sheer rock with multiple platforms that are around 20 ft and 40 ft high. I have seen many men and women fling themselves from theses cliffs and into the lake, and it seems safe as far as I can tell.
The lake is long and narrow and doesn’t take very long to swim to the other side. Directly across from the cliff jumping site is another rope swing, and while the water is usually pretty cold it’s nothing the adrenaline of flying off a rope can’t fix.
If you’re not into chilly water, a lot of people bring inflatable boats to lounge on as they float around the lake.