Snowy Protected Area
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- August 2, 2018: Snowy Protected Area is currently closed to public access due to the Snowy Mountain wildfire
Please refer to BC Wildfire Service for more information on this fire.
As of November 2015, horses are not recommended on trails previously designated for horse use within the park.
The bridges, boardwalks and other structures are not in a condition to support the weight of a horse.
Ewart Creek trailhead foot access
Due to its deteriorated condition, the first foot bridge over Ewart Creek in Cathedral Park was removed in 2015, and 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 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
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
- 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.
- Management Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.