Blue-Green Algae Bloom

CRD Parks has informed us that the water at Prior Lake now tests negative for blue-green algae, so it is safe to resume water-based activities.

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Prior Lake Tests Positive for Blue-Green Algae

On August 23, 2018, the Capital Regional District (CRD) advised that water samples taken from Prior Lake have tested positive for a type of blue-green algae that produces cyanotoxins. Visitors are advised to avoid swimming at Prior Lake and to keep animals on a leash to prevent them from drinking or swimming in the lake until the advisory has been lifted.

Read the full Public Service Announcement issued by the CRD. Please visit www.crd.bc.ca/alerts and Twitter @crd_bc for updates on the status of the algae bloom.

For further information please contact CRD Regional Parks at 250-478-3344.

To learn more about blue-green algae visit these sites:

Requests to Lake-Goers by CRD Parks

Hello fellow naturists

We continue to liaise with CRD Parks on a number of current happenings. In addition, they have asked us to comply with the following:

  1. A letter to us from CRD Parks states: “please ask your members to remove all of the rolls of carpets and chairs at the end of their visit.” Carpeting, in addition to being unhygienic, contains toxic chemicals that could leach into the lake, and are not appropriate to bring into the park. Please note that any household effects left overnight in the vicinity of the lake will be subject to removal by CRD Parks.
  2. CRD Parks is concerned with damage to the environment caused by the use of areas that have been clearly signed as “Area Closed to Restore Vegetation” in the vicinity of Prior Lake. Please respect and abide by CRD Parks’ request “to only use the authorized trail that leads down to the lake from the parking lot.” All other areas of the park near Prior Lake, in particular the rock bluff immediately behind the dock, are closed to the public, as they are environmentally sensitive and easily damaged by human activity. Many of these trespassers are not from our group, but in support of naturist values, we should be expected to do our part to maintain the integrity of the park’s ecosystem.

Compliance with requests that CRD Parks makes from time to time is important in maintaining a mutually respectful and cooperative relationship with CRD Parks. We are guests of the park, and just as people do in any other public environment, we need to be mindful of conducting ourselves in ways that ensure our continued presence is welcomed in this unique and special naturist enclave.

We encourage everyone to spread the word about these requests to other lake-goers, as not everyone has signed up for our PLNPC posts.

Thank you,
William and Danny
PLNPC Representatives

Prior Lake Weather ☀ 🌤 🌦 🌧

With lake season fast approaching, are you wondering what the weather is like at Prior Lake? We have just added The Weather Network’s beach report for Prior Lake to the menu/sidebar of the PLNPC website. This report includes lots of handy info, including the current temperature and weather conditions, weather forecast, UV index, probability of precipitation, pollen count, etc. The Weather Network also acknowledges Prior Lake as a clothing-optional beach. Check it out and consider adding the beach report to your Internet bookmarks (in addition to ours) for easy future reference.

In Memoriam: Vincent

Vincent, a regular lake-goer for most of his life, passed away on November 20, 2017 at the age of 88. He exemplified the naturist philosophy of having a strong spiritual connection with the natural surroundings, which he expressed skillfully through his insightful poems about the lake and dock. These poems have enhanced the Prior Lake The Bare Facts newsletter, and more recently, this PLNPC website. Vincent was known for his reassuring baritone voice, gentlemanly demeanour, and his big green Cadillac convertible. He always set up a lawn chair on the same corner of the dock and treasured deeply-satisfying extended swims in the lake. He was the great-grandson of J.D. Pemberton, surveyor-general of the Colony of Vancouver Island, and became an astute real estate investor. Business success did not change Vincent’s approach to others. He stayed humble and down to earth, and regarded everyone as an equal, consistently treating all he met with respect and dignity. There will be a graveside service for Vincent on Friday, December 1 at 1:00 pm at Ross Bay Cemetery.

Urgent: Concerns Requiring Your Immediate Attention

CRD Parks management has recently contacted us and raised two important and potentially serious concerns that need to be addressed.

First, we were very surprised and disturbed to learn that parks staff have been threatened at the lake to the point that some no longer feel safe in providing services to Prior Lake. We find it difficult to imagine that anyone from our group would behave in such a way. If you know of any recent incidents, please contact us using our PLNPC email address and provide us with the details. Obviously, we need to deal with this matter and do what we can to ensure this unacceptable behaviour does not happen again.

Additionally, whenever you have a lake-related comment, suggestion or issue, please email these to your representatives William and Danny, rather than contacting CRD Parks directly. This is the professional way of dealing with things, and often the point has already been discussed and dealt with. CRD Parks has a huge park system and does not have the staff resources to deal with a myriad of requests from individuals.

Second, park management believes that new sand has been added to the small beach at the lake, and cited sections of provincial and regional legislation that prohibit this. We believe that only dredging from the lakebed has occurred, and we have asked for direction on whether this is allowed. If you are aware of anyone bringing sand to the lake, we need to know about it, as testing has determined that this is harmful to the lake ecosystem.

We would also like to point out that several individual lake-goers have recently taken upon themselves to make “improvements” to the lake without the permission of CRD Parks. Please respect that ALL maintenance and improvements must be approved by park management and completed by the unionized staff of CRD Parks. Again, if you have any suggested changes, please send an email to the PLNPC rather than dealing with it yourself without permission or asking CRD Parks directly.

We have included a new section for our website on “PLNPC and naturist roles” that we strongly encourage everyone to read. It includes additional background on what is provided here.

Obviously, either one of the issues raised to us by CRD Parks management has the potential to put our continued enjoyment of Prior Lake for naturist use in jeopardy. So, we hope that everyone will do what they can to spread the word out to other lake-goers of the concerns that have been brought forward. We thank you for your cooperation and assistance, and will keep you posted on any new happenings.

Best wishes, William and Danny

New CRD Clean Air Bylaw in Effect at Prior Lake

Lake-goers should be aware of a new CRD bylaw that recently took effect. We have therefore amended our Courtesy and Conduct Guidelines, as follows:

Smoking. As of April 1, 2015, Capital Regional District Clean Air Bylaw No. 1, 2014 [Section 2(1)(a)] bans all forms of smoking in parks, apart from within a private vehicle. Section 6(1) provides for fines of up to $2,000 for each contravention of this bylaw. Please abide by this health regulation out of respect for the health impacts on others from exposure to second hand tobacco smoke. Additionally, cigarette butts are not biodegradable, and are environmental toxins known to harm fish and other wildlife. They can also be a fire hazard.