Matheson Lake is a beautiful little gem nestled in a metchosin valley on Vancouver Island. Set apart from town by farmland and rural roads, its small beach on one side and trails all around are private, quite and pristine. Though its a popular place for locals to go walk their dogs and for cyclists to stop for a dip before moving along on the galloping goose trail, it is never packed, and you can always find a tranquil nook.
The lake is nestled behind forested hills with several kilometers of trail, including the well maintained Galloping Goose Regional Trail. The Galloping Goose is a park corridor which stretches 60km from Sooke to Victoria, and again to Saanich. But I digress… Hikking around Matheson Lake on a hot day soon turns into a refreshing dip; I personally like to slide in slowly and then emerss myself deep into the water swimming as far as I can before coming up for air.
Today, my guy and I had a rare day off together, more importantly it was a surprise and therefore completely unplanned. No expectations, no timeline, just relax and enjoy. We made lunch, packed up the drybags and headed to Matheson. Once the SUP was inflated we through the lifejacket on Maggie and headed to the tiny island in the middle of the lake. It was truly perfect!
P.S. The lake is stacked with catchable Rainbow Trout, so if you do go swimming best give the fisherwomen (and men) a wide berth, and try not to scare the fish!