Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
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Banana Island Provincial Park

About This Park

Banana Island Provincial Park A small and environmentally sensitive island in the South Thompson River, Banana Island Park is not suitable for recreation.

The park protects spring salmon spawning grounds and nesting grounds for a variety of birds and waterfowl such as Canada geese, osprey and bald eagles and also wintering habitat for tundra and trumpeter swan. Nesting waterfowl are found here from April to July, with nesting raptors from spring until August.

Note: There are no camping or day-use facilities provided at this park. There are no toilets in the park.

Established Date: April 30, 1996

Park Size: 6 hectares

Special Note: Banana Island is not suitable for dogs due to wildlife issues and the potential for trauma to nesting waterfowl. This is a very sensitive area, used from spring through late summer by nesting birds.
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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. Banana Island is located on the South Thompson River, approximately 35 km east of Kamloops. The closest communities, towns and cities are Pritchard, Kamloops and Chase.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: The park was created on April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan.
  • Cultural Heritage: Cultural significance is associated with the historical use of the river, evidenced by the many kekuli pits (semi-underground pit-houses) on the island. Historical use by the Neskonlith Indian band.
  • Conservation: The island is long, narrow and vegetated with ponderosa pine and grassy undercover. It is a significant waterfowl nesting site, especially for Canada geese and also for osprey and bald eagle, and wintering habitat for tundra and trumpeter swan. The downstream end of the island is also near spring salmon spawning grounds.
  • Wildlife: Nesting waterfowl are found here from April to July, with nesting raptors from spring until August.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoes or kayaks provide access to the island.
Fishing

Fishing

Good spinning and fly for trout. Also whitefish and bull trout when in season. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There is viewing of Canada geese, osprey and bald eagle, and wintering habitat for tundra and trumpeter swan.