As a heat wave intensifies, Cowichan Valley is seeing record temperatures, while business is also reaching new heights in Lake Cowichan.
It’s a busy day at Orka Adventures on a scorching Friday afternoon in Lake Cowichan.
Chris Wagar’s family is one of many hitting the water to enjoy the heat wave.
“It’s gorgeous today and it’s only going to get hotter so we wear sunscreen of course and hopefully not get too burnt,” says Wagar.
The hotter the weather, the better for business, making up for a slow start.
“It’s been absolutely insane,” says Justin Maizis of Orka Adventures, a business that rents tubes and kayaks.
“With the slow start in July there with the weather being cold, this last week has made up for the entire July and we’re looking at numbers that on track to be our best year actually.”
Many others can be seen diving off the docks into the water, cooling off from the hot sun.
Although Environment Canada record data for the Cowichan Valley goes back to 2010, North Cowichan recorded a new high of 35 degrees today, and Lake Cowichan was on pace to eclipse a 49 year record of 34.4, according to a Lake Cowichan Forestry station.
“They have also a protected interior location on the island, so also gets really warm inland from Duncan and Chemainus,” says Armel Castellan of Environment Canada.
Numerous records were recorded throughout Vancouver Island and being by the water is having little impact on where the hot spots are located.
“The air is coming in from the mainland, over the interior, really hot and coming into the coast, so actually the coast right now is the hottest place in the province,” adds Castellan.
For tubers on Cowichan River, record or not, it’s a perfect day to be on the water.