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Mesachie Lake
Mesachie Lake is a small unincorporated community bordering a lake by the same name, located about 7 km (4.4 miles) west of Lake Cowichan on the South Shore Road on Vancouver Island.

Forestry Industry
Historically, the people who settled at Mesachie Lake generally found employment and various forestry-industry opportunities through the Hillcrest Lumber Company, founded by Carlton Stone in the early 1900s. As the logging industry slowed down, the community later found itself becoming more of a recreational destination, with a number of summer and retirement homes being established here.

Camp Imadene
Established in 1926, the Camp Imadene has been a fixture along the lakefront of Mesachie Lake. Camp Imadene has been offering unforgettable youth programs and experiences for children while spreading the message of the Christian faith. The bible camp is set in an unrivalled outdoor setting on the old site of the Hillcrest Lumber Company and is comprised of a number of buildings and cabins located on the east side of the community of Mesachie Lake, on South Shore Road.

Local Services
There are very few services at Mesachie Lake with the exception of a small post office and the baseball field. Most services, including accommodation, restaurants, and supplies stores can found at Lake Cowichan. Box stores and medical facilities are available in Duncan, only 35 km (22 miles) away. Honeymoon Bay 4 km (2.5 miles) west on the South Shore Road did at one time have a general store, unfortunately the Honeypot Pub is closed and up for sale, and is where you can find Gordon Bay Provincial Park and March Meadows Golf Course, as well as access to the Gordon River FSR.

Outdoor Recreation
If you like the outdoors, lots of recreational activities can be found at Mesachie Lake, including unsupervised swimming and water sports at Bear Lake Park, hiking up the Mesachie Mountain Trail, and access into Cowichan Lake through Bear Lake. Adventure Riding and other forms motor sport activities are all found here, plus mountain biking, hiking, photography, and in the winter, snowmobiling, skating, hockey, curling, and, with the appropriate license, fishing throughout the area all year long.

Pacific Marine Circle Route
Mesachie Lake is also the gateway into exploring the southern tip of Vancouver Island by using the Pacific Marine Circle Route often referred to as the PMR. The paved trip from Mesachie Lake to Port Renfrew takes around an hour one-way, and starts near the old muster zone for the logging trucks. The Pacific Marine Circle Route follows the original Harris Creek Main logging forest service road to, and past, Lizard Lake, Fairy Lake, the San Juan River to Port Renfrew, and eventually south to Jordan River and Victoria.

Port Renfrew
While at Port Renfrew, you can explore the ocean at Botanical Beach, near the Pacheedaht First Nation Campground and San Juan River Bridge, get something to eat either at Tomi's Home Style Cooking or the Coastal Kitchen Cafe, a couple of favourites, and if you have the proper permit, you can hike the West Coast Trail.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is Bear Country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves,cougars or other animals especially on the roads so please play it safe.

Information on Mesachie Lake


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Mesachie Lake
Mesachie Lake at Camp Imadene


South Shore Road
South Shore Road - Mesachie Lake


Bear Lake
Bear Lake


Start of PMR - Mesachie Lake
Start of PMR - Mesachie Lake


Beach at Port Renfrew
Beach at Port Renfrew


Bear Lake
Bear Lake


Logging Truck at Mesachie Lake
Logging Truck at Mesachie Lake

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