Why you should go

Hiking through the Old Growth forests along Confederation Lake Trail to the hut is spectacular - lush and green sometimes, foggy and ethereal others.
Hiking through the Old Growth forests along Confederation Lake Trail to the hut is spectacular – lush and green sometimes, foggy and ethereal others.

Confederation Lake sits at the edge of an ancient fir forest, and this is a part of the SCT you won’t soon forget. The hike is easily accessible off of the Inland Lake trail section, and though it is steep, you will find yourself distracted by the awe-inspiring trees that surround you most of the way up. Confederation Lake itself is a peaceful oasis, the perfect place to “get away from it all”.

How to get there

This peaceful lake is the perfect place for quiet contemplation.
This peaceful lake is the perfect place for quiet contemplation.

Confederation Lake Hut is located in Inland Lake Park, north of Powell River. Turn uphill on Duncan Street to Manson Avenue, and turn left at the stop sign. Follow Manson a little over 2 km to Cassiar. Turn right, then drive around the northeast side of Cranberry Lake to Haslam Street. Turn right up Haslam, and then left onto the gravel road. Follow this road for about 5 km. Turn right at the Haywire Bay/Inland Lake intersection for 2 km, then turn left down into the campsite parking lot. Hike northward on the gravelled trail that loops around the lake. About 200 m past the totem pole at KM 3 you will find the start of Confederation Lake Trail off to the right. Climb for about 1 km, crossing first a level mossy road, then onto another old road, where you must turn left, uphill. You are about 2 hours from Confederation Lake, and another hour around the south shore of the lake to the hut. The trail is steep as it ascends to the lake, but undulating from there along the shore to the hut. Old growth abounds, and is substantial in stretches.

See the Sunshine Coast Trail Guidebook for more detailed information.

About the sponsor:

5ConfederationSchool District 47’s Outdoor Learning Centre is the passport sponsor of the Confederation Lake Hut. Located close to Inland Lake, at Haywire Bay, it is an ideal venue for school classes,  outdoor education programs, conferences, retreats and other group gatherings. Stop in at the Powell River Visitor’s Centre (4760 Joyce Ave) to get your unique Confederation Lake hut passport stamp once you have your photo in hand! To find out more about The Outdoor Learning Centre, click here.