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Stagleap Provincial Park

Dogs Prohibited in Stagleap Park during Winter Months

In an effort to support and mountain caribou recovery efforts, domestic animals including dogs are prohibited within Stagleap Provincial Park (located at the summit of the Salmo / Creston highway) 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.

Know Before You Go

  • Hunting is not permitted in Stagleap Park.
  • This park is user-maintained, so please pack out any garbage.

Winter Parking Space 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.

About This Park

Stagleap Provincial 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: 1133 hectares

Stay Safe:
  • 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.
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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.
34km West of Creston on Hwy #3. The closest communities are Salmo and Creston.
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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.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Cycling

Cycling

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

Fishing

Bridal Lake offers fishing for rainbow trout. Must have a valid fishing licence and check the current Freshwater Fishing Synopsis for regulations.
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 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. 1st – April 30th).  Please leave your dog at home.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Ski mountaineering is available. Users are responsible for their snow stability evaluation (avalanche hazard) route finding, self rescue and first-aid. See General Safety and Ethics for avalanche information. There are also cross-country opportunities in the park but no track set. Snowshoeing and tobagganing may be available.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

A log shelter for day-use is located on the west side of the developed area of the park. There is no camping allowed in this shelter. A wood burning air-tight stove and table are provided, however there is no firewood provided. The cabin is popular for cross country skiers through the winter months.