Herald Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
June 2, 2017: Margaret Falls Trail closed indefinitely
Spring run-off conditions and mudslides in the canyon have completely destroyed sections of this trail. Bridges have been torn from their footings and the river course has been re-routed in many sections. The trail and facilities will require an engineers assessment and estimate prior to any remedial work being completed, which will take place once current water levels begin to recede. There is a high likelihood that the trail will not be available for public use this season. Please be advised that we will post future updates as they become available.
About This Park
Swimming, fishing and bird-watching are popular activities, as is the self-guided nature walk to Margaret Falls. Just 14 kilometres from the Trans Canada Highway along the western shore of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake, Herald is a great spot to use as a base camp for visiting the many attractions of the Shuswap area.
Established Date: September 11, 1975
Park Size: 79.1 hectares (65.6 hectares of upland and 13.5 hectares of foreshore)
- There are three separate campgrounds that make up Herald Provincial Park: Bastion Campground, Reinecker Campground and Homestead Campground. A few of the sites in Bastion Campground, and many sites in the middle of Homestead Campground are sunny and unshaded. If the campground is busy, you may be assigned one of these campsites.
- Boat traffic is heavy on Shuswap Lake: swim only in designated areas. Theft is a recurring problem: lock all valuables in vehicles.
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|May 1 – September 30, weather dependent
(Campground gate is closed during the off-season; and Margaret Falls Trail is open year round.)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 1 – Sepember 30, weather dependent
(Off-season: self-contained units allowed in day-use area)
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 1 – September 4|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||Bastion Mountain campground = sites 1 to 15
Reinecker campground = sites 16 to 51
Homestead campground = sites 52 to 119
total sites = 119
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
||119 – 100% reservable|
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
ReservationsAll campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and campgrounds are 100% reservable from May 1 to September 18.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: Established in 1975, this park was part of a farm owned from 1905 by Dr. Dundas and Edith Herald and their children. Canoes carried the first Europeans here, but by the 1870s paddle-wheelers frequently transported people between Kamloops and communities on the lake. The Canadian Pacific railway, and later an expanded road system, resulted in a much easier movement of people and goods. Starting in the 1950s, the increase of private cars brought a new industry to Shuswap Lake: summer recreation.
- Cultural Heritage: Contact the Campground Hosts for a copy of the in-park handout: it provides information for the self-guided nature trail, and about the human and natural history of this lovely place.
- Conservation: The canyon leading to Margaret Falls protects a unique ecosystem. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them.
- Wildlife: Birders take note: 70 species are documented in Herald Park! Cougars, bears and other wildlife are seen on occasion – keep children close by when hiking.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 134.78KB] for Herald Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
View the Annual Drinking Water System Reports [pdf]: Herald
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
There is a self-registration station located near the gatehouse if the gatehouse is closed. Herald Park is a haven for recreationalists from May through October, dependant on weather.
Campsite reservations are accepted and campgrounds are 100% reservable from May 1 to September 18. For your convenience there are two pay phones in the park; one is located at the entrance and the other is behind sites 113 & 114.