Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Day Use Area

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Regional District of Central Kootenay, British Columbia




Located north of Nelson, ruggedly beautiful Kokanee Glacier Park offers excellent backcountry adventure for the whole family. Sitting mostly above 1,800 metres in elevation, the park has two glaciers Kokanee and Woodbury which feed over 30 lakes and are the headwaters of many creeks. Kokanee Lake is 1,200 metres in length and 400 metres wide; surrounded by precipitous cliffs and rock slides, it is an alpine jewel. Other scenic lakes in the park include the gem-coloured Sapphire Lakes, milky Joker Lakes and popular Gibson, Kaslo and Tanal Lakes, which offer good fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout. With 85 km of well-marked trails, this park is appropriate for campers, hikers and climbers with all levels of outdoor experience. Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, set aside in 1922, is one of the oldest major parks in the provincial system. It has a long history of well established recreational use and is perhaps the best known alpine park in the Kootenay area of British Columbia. Its boundaries encompass 32,035 hectares of some of the most scenic mountain country found in the Selkirk Mountains of southern British Columbia, comprising a picturesque mosaic of high peaks, snowfields, cirques and colourful lake basins. As the dominant feature and roughly in the parks centre, Kokanee Glacier forms the culmination of mountain ridges and valleys leading in from Kootenay and Slocan Lake. Slowly regenerating burns, old growth spruce stands, open slide paths and meadowlands lend contrast and heighten the beauty of the Parks mountain landscape. Dogs are not permitted in the provincial park

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Lat: 49.766264 Lng: -117.137535

User Reviews



This was one of the best places to visit in south BC/Alberta. Great views of glaciers, amazing cheap walk-in campsites and huts, historical places and clear lakes. The road up was a pain in the ass but any car should make it. Beware of porcupines chewing on tires at the parking lot and use the chicken wire that is always there.


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