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Herald Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
BC Parks urges the public to refrain from accessing the closed trail into Margaret Falls beyond the fence
The public continue to access a closed trail with unfinished facilities, despite safety fencing and closure signs. Any public found inside the closed area or damaging public property will now face fines under the Park Act regulations, and immediate eviction from the park. Please be patient while we continue to address the rebuilding of this popular trail for the benefit of all.
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
Herald Provincial Park is a popular destination campground and day-use area. The park covers 79 hectares of beautiful beach and forested uplands, and boasts a 128-site campground, boat launch and large day-use area.
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)
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.|
Know Before You Go
- Boat traffic is heavy on Shuswap Lake; swim only in designated areas.
- Theft is a recurring problem; lock all valuables in vehicles.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
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 gate office 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.
Activities Available at this Park
Hikers will enjoy the two distinct topographical areas, upland and flat delta, which have created a great terrain for hiking. There is a trail to Upper Canyon, which has beautiful views of the lake. There are some rough sections along the 2.5 km trail. A self-guiding nature trail has interpretative stops to Margaret Falls. The brochure [PDF] or Campground Hosts (if available) can assist with area information. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season. There are no hookups in this park. Water for filling holding tanks is available at the sani-station.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle accessible campsites of which 26 are in 13 double sites. There are no pull through sites and all vehicles must fit into the gravel portions of the campsite, as there is no parking available for extra vehicles. The gatehouse is located at the entrance of the campground. The entrance gate is locked between 11 pm and 7 am.
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 and 114.