Parks and Backcountry

Trail Information (Summer & Winter)

Recreation Sites and Trails BC BC offers a host of exceptional recreation opportunities. While some of the Province’s most spectacular recreation features are located in parks, many more recreation resources are found in the rugged and real backcountry. The backcountry provides an abundance of great places to have fun and enjoy nature through activities such […]

During the summer of 2013, teams from Google travelled across Canada to capture images of some of the country’s most important natural and cultural treasures. In July, Google visited Yoho and Kootenay national parks, where in addition to driving the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 93 South, Google staff hiked some of our trails and captured images of the parks’ viewpoints and key features. Alongside many other Canadian national parks and national historic sites, these images can now be viewed online using Google Maps or Google Earth.

In Yoho and Kootenay national parks, virtual visitors from around the world can now “hike” the Emerald Lake trail in Yoho or explore the Sinclair Canyon on Kootenay’s Juniper trail from the comfort of their own living room. Many of Yoho and Kootenay’s campgrounds, including Kicking Horse in Yoho and Redstreak in Kootenay, were also captured by Google this summer. Using Google Maps or Google Earth, visitors can now preview the campground before they arrive.

To visit Yoho or Kootenay national parks, or to take a virtual trip across the country, visit Google Maps or Google Earth, enter the name of a Parks Canada place and let the magic unfold.

Columbia Lake Provincial Park

About This Park

Columbia Lake Provincial Park is used in summer by windsurfers, paddlers (canoeists and kayakers), and motorized water craft. The 2,758 hectare lake is the largest warm water lake (18°C in July) in the East Kootenay.Approximately 3 km of undeveloped beach area allows for non-consumptive recreation opportunities (wildlife viewing, paddling, nature appreciation). Fishing on Columbia Lake is popular year round (favoured sport fish are mountain whitefish, burbot, kokanee, rainbow trout, bull trout and cutthroat trout). The wetland/marsh component of the park offers excellent opportunities for nature appreciation, viewing and photography. The upland areas are largely pristine and provide a panorama of exceptional scenic value, particularly east towards the Rocky Mountains. Hiking and mountain biking are also common in the upper grasslands on derelict logging roads and along the park access road.Please Note: This park has no facilities and is user maintained.

Special Features:

  • The park provides one of the few good public access points on Columbia Lake.
  • The undeveloped, pristine lakeside setting offers recreation opportunities without high volumes of people. Alternative locations on Columbia Lake (such as Tilley Memorial Park) possess a high level of facility infrastructure and lack the undisturbed natural shoreline/upland characteristics evident at Columbia Lake Provincial Park.
  • The park is an excellent staging area for hiking and biking opportunities along the entire east side of Columbia Lake.
  • Currently, frontcountry parks, such as Columbia Lake Provincial Park represent less than 1% of the land area in the Columbia Valley.
  • Sport fishing on Columbia Lake is a popular year round activity.
  • The park does not have a boat launch, but does allow motorized water craft on the lake.
    There is a boat launch at Canal Flats.

Park Size: 257 hectares

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Columbia Lake Provincial Park is located in the Columbia Valley of south eastern British Columbia approximately 2 km south of Fairmount Hotsprings and 3 km east of Hwy 93/95. The 257 hectare park lies on the eastern shore of Columbia Lake.

Access: Turn off Hwy 93/95 at the Fairmont Creek Road (across from the Riverside Gold Resort). Travel east for 0.4 km. Turn right on the Columbia River Road. The park is located 1.6 km south along this gravel road. Two rough gravel roads intersect the main road and allow for vehicle access within 20 metres of the lakeshore.

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