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Stagleap Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Dogs Prohibited in Stagleap Park during Winter MonthsIn an effort to support mountain caribou recovery efforts, domestic animals, including dogs, are prohibited within Stagleap Provincial Park during the winter months November 1 – April 30. This effort will prevent unnecessary stress to the Southern Selkirk caribou herd that rely heavily on Stagleap Provincial Park for winter range. Stress from domestic animals is just one of many (harsh winter conditions, habitat depletion and fragmentation, predation, human caused disturbance) pressures which affect caribou populations in winter. For more information please call BC Parks in Cranbrook; 250 489-8540.
About This Park
This park is located at the summit of the highest all weather highway pass in BC and one of the highest paved highways in Canada! Enjoy the subalpine forest from the luxury of your car or go for a short walk around Bridal Lake.
The park has a key role in protecting habitat for internationally endangered mountain caribou. A remnant herd of approximately 40 individuals migrate back and forth across the international border and is heavily dependent on the park to facilitate this movement. In addition, the park provides important habitat for the vulnerable Southern Selkirk population of grizzly bear.
Stagleap Provincial Park is one of the most accessible backcountry skiing destinations in the region and has consistently excellent snow conditions that have made it a major backcountry ski and snowshoe destination. The terrain can be very hazardous in winter (extreme avalanche dangers) and off-trail use is discouraged. Only those with proper equipment and training should venture into backcountry areas.
Hiking the high alpine areas, such as Ripple Ridge and Cornice Ridge, is also very popular in the summer months.
Park Size: 1,133 hectares
Know Before You Go
- The park is primarily a wilderness area with unpredictable weather and terrain conditions. Backcountry travel should only be attempted by experienced persons with appropriate equipment.
- Hunting is not permitted in Stagleap Park.
- This park is user-maintained, so please pack out any garbage.
- Winter parking space is limited
Stagleap Park has an average of 2.5m of settled snow on the ground at the level of the pass during the late winter. There is very limited space to pile this snow during snow clearing operations in the main day use carpark and the number of available parking spaces is reduced. When visiting the Park, please help to reduce pressure on the limited parking by carpooling if possible.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
34km West of Creston on Hwy #3. The closest communities are Salmo and Creston.
Nature and Culture
- Conservation: Enjoy the sub alpine forest from the luxury of your car or go for a short walk around Bridal Lake, a small scenic water body which is stocked with rainbow trout. The Beargrass Trail is a short alpine walk above Bridal Lake, offering commanding views of the Southern Selkirk Mountains into the United States.
- Wildlife: Look for the large hoof print of the mountain caribou that migrate through this area. Research and monitoring of this small population of caribou is ongoing in an effort to protect this threatened species from extinction. The park also sustains essential habitat for the endangered Southern Selkirk grizzly bear population.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in 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. Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times within the park. Due to endangered Mountain Caribou recovery efforts, dogs are not permitted in Stagleap Provincial Park during the winter months (Nov. 1 – April 30). Please leave your dog at home during this time.