Whonnock Lake

The dirt road leading to Whonnock Lake, c. 1950. (P10723)
Summer of 1970 at Whonnock Lake. (P08500)
People skating on Whonnock lake, 1973. (P02098)

A popular recreation spot since the 40s, this park has gone through many stages of redevelopment to become the accessible park that it is today. While Whonnock Lake is best enjoyed now for its beach and water activities in the summer, back in the day it was also a popular winter recreation spot. The lake would often freeze over during the winter allowing kids and adults alike to enjoy skating across its frozen waters.

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While this scavenger hunt addresses primarily white settler history, it is important to note that both the Katzie and Kwantlen’s history with this land spans back thousands of years prior to the arrival of European settlers. We would like to acknowledge that each of the places in this scavenger hunt are part of the unceded territories of the Katzie First Nation and the Kwantlen First Nation on which we are lucky enough to work and share this land’s history.

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