- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1 hour
- Round-Trip 2.6km
- Elevation Gain 40 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping Yes
- From Vancouver n/a
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
Roe Lake is a peaceful forested trail that loops around the lake and is located on Pender Island in the the Gulf Islands National Park. A scenic viewpoint is located on the west side of the lake where beavers can sometimes be spotted.
From the map board and metal gate along Shingle Bay Road, follow the wide trail as it gradually climbs through the forest. The forest consistent of a variety of second growth douglas fir and cedar trees. When the trail reaches a junction, this is the point where the loop around the lake begins. Go left and begin walking in a clockwise direction around Roe Lake.
The trail weaves its way through the forest and has several short uphill and downhill sections, all of which are pretty easy. Occasional views of Roe Lake can be seem through openings in the tree cover. Stay on the trail that wraps around the lake.
At the far end of the lake, the trail briefly goes uphill before sharply veering right. Continue walking and, when the trail descends, watch for a short path to the left that goes through a beautiful forest for a view of the nearby marsh.
Return to the trail and continue as you begin to walk along the west side. Eventually, there is a junction with a short trail to the right that goes to a scenic viewpoint of Roe Lake.
After enjoying the viewpoint, return to the main trail and, a short distance further, you reach the junction where you began your loop around Roe Lake. Go straight and walk back down the wide trail back towards Shingle Bay Road where you began.