Valhalla Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
August 10, 2018: Drinnon-Gwillim Trail and Forest Service Road (FSR) Closure
Due to the threat from a wildfire in the area, access to the Drinnon and Gwillim area of Valhalla Park is closed until further notice. Wildfire Branch has enacted a closure on the Hoder Creek access road 10 km from the trailhead. All other areas of Valhalla Park remain open.
About This Park
This park was created to protect the diverse topography, majestic peaks and unique vegetation typical of the Selkirk Mountains.
There are many opportunities here for the backcountry adventurer. Several beaches for boaters – some for waterskiers and others for canoeists. Varied and abundant hiking opportunities from short walks to wilderness treks and mountain climbing. The park has opportunities for a number of recreational activities including hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing.
Established Date: March 3, 1983
Park Size: 50,060 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Camping is restricted to designated sites along established trails and on Slocan Lake beaches. Higher elevation lakes have been stocked to provide additional opportunities for fishing enthusiasts.
- Currently Evans Lake Cabin, Cove Creek Cabin, Evans Beach Shelter and Iron Creek Shelter serve as public shelters and offer accommodation in each for a maximum of four persons. A full range of commercial facilities are available at Slocan, Silverton and New Denver.
- Pets are only allowed on the Slocan lakefront sites, the Slocan to Evans Beach Trail and the trail to Cahill and Beatrice lakes and they must be leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed in any other backcountry areas of the park.
- Trail Report [PDF] (July 31, 2018)
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was designated March 3, 1983. The park was created to protect the diverse topography, majestic peaks and unique vegetation typical of the Selkirk Mountains.
- Cultural Heritage: Pictographs in the park are evidence of early native habitation in the region. It was not until the 1850’s that prospectors and surveyors came into the area. Slocan Lake became a highway of commerce for early towns in the Kootenays and remnants of the logging flumes and other transportation routes may still be seen in the park.
- Conservation: This area protects the diverse topography, majestic peaks and unique vegetation typical of the Selkirk Mountains. The park is unique in its varying topography. Both Evans Lake and Beatrice Lake are uncommonly large for high elevation lakes in BC. Surrounding the lakes are numerous mountains with castellated peaks. As well as forests of western red cedar and western hemlock, the higher elevations contain sub-alpine and alpine vegetation.
- Wildlife: A variety of wildlife exists, including the grizzly and black bear, mountain goat, mule and whitetail deer, cougar, Golden Eagle and Alpine Ptarmigan.
Activities Available at this Park
There are extensive hiking areas in this park. During the winter season, the trails are under snow. 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.
- Trail Report [PDF] (July 31, 2018)
Hunting is allowed in Valhalla Provincial Park from September 1 to June 30 during a lawful game hunting season. Please check the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for specific details.
Note: There is no hunting allowed in the Evans Lake Ecological Reserve, which is located within the park boundaries.