Crystal clear waters surrounded by lush forest and tall mountains, Sproat Lake is an ideal location to get some movement in while spending time in nature. Movement in nature is good for the body, mind, and soul.
Let’s explore our top 5 ways to keep moving at Sproat Lake this fall!
Top 5 Ways to Keep Moving
- 1. Swimming. While the weather is changing as we head into autumn and winter, we’ve been blessed with warmer than normal weather, the lake might still be the perfect swimming temperature. There are tons of swimming spots to choose from; Sproat Lake Provincial Park, Taylor Arm Provincial Park, Fossil Provincial Park, and Dickson Dock to name a few. Swimming is a fantastic low impact form of movement that utilizes the cardiovascular system and pretty much all the major muscle groups. The water acts as a light resistance helping you build strong muscles and joints. Take advantage of the lake before it gets chilly in the coming months!
- 2. Hiking. We love hiking in the Alberni Valley; with breathtakingly tall trees, bright green ferns, moss covered branches, and spectacular views anywhere you go, we have some of the best trails on the Island (okay, we might be biased). Sproat Lake is no exception with numerous trail systems surrounding the lake. If you’re looking for a waterfall, head up Weiner Falls offers multiple waterfall lookouts. The trail entrance is across the highway from Sproat Lake Landing and a short drive down a logging road. Teodoro Trail, a moderately rated 5.6km loop, is in the same area and provides spectacular views of the Lake. Fossli Provincial Park immerses you into lush old growth forest, complete with a suspension bridge, waterfall, and beach access, this trail is perfect for all fitness levels.
- 3. Paddleboarding. Paddleboarding is a fantastic way to enjoy the Lake while getting in some gentle movement. The water is calm, paddle as hard or gently as you like. Paddle Boarding strengthens your cardiovascular system, your arms, back, core, and even legs if you’re standing. It’s a great activity to improve your balance while reconnecting with yourself and nature.
- 4. Kayaking/Canoeing. Another fantastic water sport, kayaking and canoeing, will help strengthen your upper body and core muscles. Paddle at your own pace, bring a snack, or go fishing while out on the water. Being on the water is incredibly therapeutic; take a couple deep breaths and enjoy the peace and tranquility.
- 5. Yoga/Stretching. Head down to the beach and dig your toes into the sand as you take a deep breath in, reach your hands above your head and elongate your spine. As you exhale, fold forward at your hips while keeping your knees soft. Place your hands on your knees, shins, or the ground, and take a couple breaths here. On your next inhale, slowly bring yourself back to standing, stacking one vertebrae on top of the other, finishing with your neck and head. From there, you can repeat the movement, or go into any other poses/stretches that feel good in your body. Keep focusing on your breath and how your body feels as you move it. Listen to the sounds of the wind through the trees and over the water as you connect inwards and with nature.
There you have it, our top 5 ways to keep moving at Sproat Lake. We hope this inspires you to create a movement routine in your life that fills your cup, boosts your energy, and makes you feel strong and powerful. You are worth it!
Written by Nicole Brazzale, at The Valley Vibe. Port Alberni’s fast growing community and online magazine. The passion here at the Valley Vibe is to showcase the beautiful of our valley for all who live here, and travel through. Working together with many talented writers, we at the Valley Vibe love to explore, discover and uncover secret jewels about Port Alberni and Sproat Lake.