For being on an island in the Pacific, the Alberni Valley is blessed with many fine freshwater swimming spots.
Here's my latest favourite. Regular dips have been a necessity lately as the temperatures have been over 35 celsius for more than a week.
This little spot is on Sproat Lake, a 3,800 hectare deep, clean body of water about 10km from town.
It's one of a group of lakes on this part of Vancouver Island that offer a change from the saltwater beaches.
Sproat Lake is home to my kayak, the Martin Mars waterbombers and at least one osprey that I've seen.