This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
June 2, 2017: BC Hydro transmission line maintenance
BC Hydro crews will be conducting maintenance work on the transmission line running through Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and adjacent to Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve. Work is slated to commence June 12, 2017 and will continue until the end of the month. Park users may encounter maintenance vehicles near the transmission line at any time during this period.
Ecological Reserves are areas in British Columbia selected to preserve representative and special natural ecosystems, plant and animal species, features, and phenomena. Ecological Reserves provide the highest level of protection for the maintenance of physical and biological diversity while allowing for research and educational activities. More information on Ecological Reserves »
Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve was established to preserve representative Interior Douglas-fir ecosystems, together with a chain of small lakes and associated wetlands.
Detailed Ecological Reserve Description
BC Parks has created a detailed description of each Ecological Reserve to support current or potential education and research. Each account includes physical, biological, and cultural information as well as management concerns regarding the Ecological Reserve, with references to supporting documents where available. Additional documents may also be made available, upon request.
Ecological reserves are not created for outdoor recreation. Most ecological reserves, however, are open to the public for non-destructive pursuits like hiking, nature observation and photography. Consumptive activities like hunting, freshwater fishing, camping, livestock grazing, removal of materials, plants or animals are prohibited by regulation in ecological reserves. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Research and educational activities may be carried out but only under permit.Special Restrictions:
Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve is restricted to scientific and educational purposes related to reserve management only. There is no public route to access this ecological reserve. The only route is through private land. Permission from the landowner is required. Also, groups of ten or more people must receive permission from the Ministry prior to entering this ecological reserve.
Location and Maps
Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
13km S of Vernon, E of Kalamalka Lake
Management PlanningApproved Purpose Statement