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Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
EK Parks Ltd.
E-mail: info@ekparks.com
Phone: 250 422-3003

Norbury Lake Provincial Park

About This Park

Norbury Lake Provincial Park The Steeples, a distinctive feature of the Hughes Range of the Rocky Mountains, stands clear against the sky to the east of this lightly wooded area.

Just south of Fort Steele, the park encompasses Peckham’s Lake and fronts on Norbury Lake. Beach areas, water sports and pleasant walking trails. Rainbow trout in Peckham’s Lake.

Power boats are prohibited. The Kootenay Fish Hatchery at Wardner is a short distance away.

Park Size: 97 hectares

Special Notes:
  • Power boats are prohibited.
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.)
Year round
Gate is open during the off-season.
Off-season: no fee, no services, user maintained
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 15 – September 15
Campground Reservable Dates: Not applicable
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 46
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
Not applicable
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.
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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. 18 km. north from Hwy 3 and 16 km south from Hwy 93/95 near Cranbrook.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: The two lakes within the park – Norbury and Peckham’s – were originally both named Norbury. The name commemorates the Honourable F. Paget Norbury who settled in the area in the late 1800’s. He ranched here and was a magistrate at nearby Fort Steele during the town’s heyday. Later, the Peckham family bought some land from Norbury and the lake closest to their property was subsequently called Peckham’s Lake.
  • Conservation: This climate promotes the growth of Lodgepole Pine, Douglas-fir and Western Larch. Trembling Aspen is located near Peckham’s Lake. Chokebery, Thimbleberry, Willow and several species of grass form the ground cover. Alongside Norbury Creek and along the trail from the campground to the picnic area on Peckham’s Lake, one can see a diversity of plant and bird life.
  • Wildlife: Elk, deer, and Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep may be seen in the area, especially during winter months. The Columbian ground squirrel and other members of the squirrel family can be seen within the park.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There is a boat launch at this park. Use is restricted to non motorized boats only.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

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

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings.

Exceptions: Pets are permitted on the north end of Pecham’s Lake as indicated by the signs. Dogs must remain on leash at all times as to not disturb wildlife or other park users. You are responsible for their behavior and must dispose of their excrement.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a boat launch at this park, use is restricted to high clearance vehicles. Boat use is restricted to non motorized boats only.
Campfires

Campfires

While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite reservations are not accepted.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $16.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $8.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.

Long stay camping

Sites 12 to 21 are designated as “long-stay” sites.

A minimum of 4 consecutive weeks must be booked. The long stay program is available from May 1 to September 30 in this park. Please contact the operator to book one of these sites.

Information on other parks participating in this pilot program, or a link to the Long Stay Policy document, is available on the Frontcountry Camping Policies and Fees webpage.

Long-stay camping available. $38/week May to June & September, $55/week July to August