Cultus Lake, BC - Chris Young
My Watermark is all around Cultus Lake (British Columbia), where I grew up as a young child.
My family's always owned a home there, we lived on the lake every summer. When school got out we moved to the summer cottage and labour day we moved home. So my Watermark is all about the time I spent at Cultus Lake as a young child.
I remember as a ten or twelve year old being out on the water, 6:30-7:00 in the morning before anybody else in the family was awake, fishing for the one lonely trout that was in the lake.
I remember being on the water as a fifteen year old (or) sixteen year old, before anybody was awake at the lake, and I would go out, I would get my waterski out, I would get the rope out, I'd get the boat warmed up, I'd turn the coffee on in the hopes that my dad or my mom or somebody else in the family would get up and take me for a waterski.
I remember being on the lake as a twenty-five year old going out early in the morning, standing on the end of the dock with a coffee in hand, watching the mist and dead silence.
Today my favourite part about going up to the lake is spending time with my children. Being out on the water with young kids, rafting, swimming, playing, throwing the young kids up in the air, watching them splash in the water with big grins on their face.
What I truly enjoy today is early in the morning on the first day we wake up on the first weekend of the year on the lake, and we turn on the tap. And the water is the freshest, best water you can imagine.