Labour Day Lake

This is a nice hike around a mountain lake that can be done in an afternoon. The scenery around the lake is spectacular. Labour Day Lake is the source of the river that flows through Vancouver Island’s most famous forest - Cathedral Grove. There is Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout in the lake, so bring a rod if you have a fishing license. Roosevelt Elk frequent the area and in the fall it is also a good area for mushroom hunting.  You may see patches of logging as you hike and on your way to the lake. The drive in is 24 km and will take you about 40 minutes from the turnoff on Hwy 4. This road is an active logging road. Expect trucks. Drive with your lights on.

3 hours round trip (5.1 km)
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
70 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
49.13163, 124.46210
GPS Map: 


UPDATE - The BC Wildfire Service has declared a ban on all Category 2 fires.  This means anything larger than a campfire (0.5 meters wide and 0.5 meters high) is presently prohibited. The forest is extra dry this spring so please be very careful!

IMPORTANT – Any of the various trails described on this website might be accessed through, or pass over, privately owned land. It is solely your responsibility as a hiker to ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the landowner before travelling on any privately owned land. When travelling on privately owned land, please be respectful and responsible, to help ensure the landowners future cooperation with hikers.  

When travelling on privately owned forestry roads, make sure to stay aware and follow all posted signs. Do not enter any areas that are marked closed for active logging, and never approach any logging equipment. Island Timberlands kindly provides information on access restrictions and other important info on their BLOG.

Whenever you venture into the wilderness it is important that you make someone aware of your travel plans, in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Always make sure that you bring with you appropriate survival equipment when venturing into the wilderness for even the shortest hikes. Be mindful of the difficulty of individual trails, and do not attempt hikes that are beyond your physically abilities or training. The volunteers, and owners, of the Valley of Trails website provide information about trails and outdoor activities in the Alberni Valley, but in no way assume responsibility or liability whatsoever in regards to your safety when venturing into the wilderness. It is your responsibility to stay safe in the Valley of Trails.