Lake Lovely Water

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Lake Lovely Water: The Emerald Jewel of the Tantalus Range

Tucked away in the awe-inspiring Tantalus Range of British Columbia, you’ll find a glistening emerald treasure – Lake Lovely Water. This hidden gem, with its enchanting green hue and serene ambiance, has captured the hearts of adventurers and nature lovers alike. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the captivating geological history and exceptional traits that make Lake Lovely Water the extraordinary, must-see oasis it truly is.

Lake Lovely Water is a glacially-fed lake situated in a large rocky basin known as a cirque. Cirques are formed by the erosive action of glaciers as they move through mountain valleys. As the ice grinds against the rock, it carves out a bowl-shaped depression. Once the glacier recedes, water begins to collect in the depression, forming a lake (1).

The distinctive emerald color of Lake Lovely Water can be attributed to the presence of glacial flour. Glacial flour consists of fine-grained particles of rock generated by the grinding action of glaciers against bedrock. As glacial meltwater carries these particles into the lake, they become suspended in the water column, causing light to refract and create the lake’s vivid green appearance (2).

Lake Lovely Water

The Tantalus Range, home to Lake Lovely Water, has a rich geological history that spans millions of years. The range is primarily composed of igneous granite rock, which is formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava (3). Over time, tectonic forces and the Earth’s crust’s movement have shaped the Tantalus Range’s landscape. This ongoing geological activity, combined with the erosive power of glaciers, has given rise to the breathtaking peaks and valleys that characterize the region today.

Embarking on Sea to Sky Air’s Squamish Explorer Tour provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience the beauty of Lake Lovely Water and the Tantalus Range from a bird’s-eye view. As you soar above the emerald waters and jagged peaks, you’ll gain a unique perspective on the geological forces that have shaped this stunning landscape. This unforgettable aerial adventure offers an intimate encounter with the wonders of the Tantalus Range, including Lake Lovely Water, Rumbling Glacier, and the shimmering alpine lakes that dot the region.

The Squamish Explorer Tour is led by passionate pilots who are eager to share their knowledge of the region’s legendary geology and history. Equipped with two-way headsets and microphones, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to your pilot’s captivating stories and ask questions about the remarkable features and landmarks you encounter during your flight.

Lake Lovely Water is a true gem nestled within the Tantalus Range. Its captivating emerald hue, fascinating geological history, and diverse ecosystem make it a must-visit destination for adventure-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. 

Join us on the Squamish Explorer Tour – an aerial adventure that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the natural wonders of this remarkable region. Book your tour today and let your journey into the heart of the Tantalus Range begin!


National Park Service. (n.d.). Glacial Cirques
National Park Service. (n.d.). Glacial Flour
British Columbia Geological Survey. (n.d.). Coast Mountains

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