Valhalla Provincial Park
About This ParkThis 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.
Park Size: 49,893 hectares
- 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 and the Slocan to Evans beach trail and must be leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed in any other backcountry areas of the park.
Location and Maps
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.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
Activities Available at this Park
There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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.
Valhalla trail report
Valhalla trail report
Hunting is allowed in Valhalla Provincial Park from September 1 to June 30 during a lawful game hunting season. Please check the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for specific details. Note: There is no hunting allowed in the Evans Lake Ecological Reserve located within the park boundaries.
Pets on Leash
Pets are only allowed on the Slocan lakefront sites and the Slocan to Evans beach trail and must be leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed in any other backcountry areas of the park. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
Campfire pits are provided at established Slocan Lakeshore sites. Drinnon, Wicca and Gwillim lakes campgrounds have cooking areas but campfires are not allowed there. Where campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don't gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Boat accessible beach areas provide day-use or picnic facilities.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets - no flush toilets.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed; however, no services are provided at the marine sites. The campsites are open year round when accessible and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are facilities at Gwillim, Wicca, Drinnon, Emerald and Cahill Lakes.