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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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Snowy Protected Area

  • As of November 2015: Horses are not recommended on trails previously designated for horse use within the park as bridges, boardwalks and other structures are not in a condition to support the weight of a horse.
  • Due to its deteriorated condition the first foot bridge over Ewart Creek in Cathedral Park was removed in 2015 – the bridge will not be replaced in 2016. If foot access is required via the Ewart Creek trailhead the water level in Ewart Creek, at most times of the year, is such that it can be forded on foot.

About This Park

Snowy Protected AreaSnowy Protected Area was established on April 18, 2001, to provide increased representation of the Okanagan Ranges ecosection.

The area also protects a wide range of vegetation and wildlife from dry grassland valleys to extensive alpine meadows and supports a provincially significant herd of California bighorn sheep.

This is a remote area with no facilities.

Established Date: April 18, 2001

Park Size: 25,889 hectares
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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. 30 km southwest of Keremeos. The best place to access the Protected Area is from the Ewart Creek Trail head in Cathedral Park. To get to this trail head you turn left on the Ewart Creek Road off the Ashnola Road at about 5 km, cross over the Ashnola River and follow the road to the end. The trail leads from there, crosses over Ewart Creek and heads south on its eastern bank. The trail crosses back over the creek and then branches. Go left which takes you onto the south slopes of the protected area. There is no trail map available of the area but this trail does lead up above tree line. Remember this is pure wilderness with no facilities.
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Nature and Culture

  • Conservation: The area protects habitat representative of the Okanagan Range Ecosection, the northern extension of a landscape more common in Washington State. Present in the area are old growth forests, extensive Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir grasslands and alpine wetlands and lakes. The entire Ewart Creek Watershed is protected.
  • Wildlife: The primary consideration of the protected area is the provincially significant California bighorn sheep herd. The species is blue listed in the province and the protected area contains important winter range and lambing grounds. Other rare wildlife found in the protected area includes: blue listed grizzly bear, Cascade mantled ground squirrel, fringed myotis, spotted bat and Townsend’s bat, and the red listed badger and Pallid bat. Birds found in the area include the blue listed Sandhill crane and Canyon wren and two red listed falcons, the Peregrine falcon and the Prairie falcon.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
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Activities Available at this Park

Fishing

Fishing

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

Hiking

This park has hiking and/or walking trails. The trails in this area are not marked or maintained. 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.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

The trails within this area are not marked or maintained.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is allowed in this protected area. Please refer to the British Columbia Hunting & Trapping Regulations for the season openings and detailed information.
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. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

There are a number of cabins in this protected area. ALL cabins are either for approved permitted guide outfitters or First Nations use. At these cabins, you may encounter outfitters, cowboys, hunting, guiding or cattle grazing activities. The only public cabin at Joe Lake burnt down in the fall of 2015. Camping is still permitted in this location as a campsite.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.