This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Mountain and lake weather can change rapidly; be prepared. Visitors should be aware that high winds can come up quickly.
Swimming in non-buoyed areas is dangerous due to boat traffic. There are NO LIFEGUARDS at James Chabot Park.
Park ContactThis park proudly operated by:
EK Parks Ltd.
Phone: 250 422-3003
James Chabot Provincial Park
About This ParkNestled between the towering peaks of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, this day-use area provincial park is situated at the north end of 15 kilometres long Windermere Lake.
A broad, sandy beach backed with open, grassy play areas offers pleasant surroundings for families who enjoy lakeshore recreation. Windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming are popular activities. There is an adventure playground and a volleyball court.
Park Size: 14 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: The area now known as Althamer and the north end of Lake Windemere, were know to have sustained large numbers of First Nations encampments (pre-colonial Period). These settlements were frequented during salmon runs along the Columbia River. The runs are now extinct because of dams on the lower reaches of the river. The park is located within close proximity to the salmon beds along the Columbia River, known traditionally as “Kwataqnuk”, meaning “where the water leaves the lake.”
- Conservation: The diversity of life and geography preserved in the nearby Columbia Wetlands offer spectacular canoeing, landscape viewing, wildlife and birding opportunities.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information