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West Arm Provincial Park

About This Park

This park extends along the shore of Kootenay Lake from Nelson to Harrop and up to the peaks behind. The creek fans and pocket beaches are popular with boaters and there is a historic trail (not maintained) up Lasca Creek. The park is largely undeveloped; there are no facilities or designated campsites.

Park Size: 25,319 hectares

Click here for Trail Information [PDF] (you will need to scroll down to the West Arm entry)
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Location and Maps

This park is situated east of Nelson and south of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

Maps and Brochures

  • There are no digital maps or brochures for this park
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Nature and Culture

  • History - This park was identified for protection in the West Kootenay-Boundary Land-Use Plan.
  • Cultural Heritage - The park protects important First Nations cultural values, such as the archaeological sites situated along the lake shore. Important heritage values are associated with railway development and sternwheeler ships.
  • Conservation - The park contains a diverse range of habitats from lakeshore to subalpine. It protects  high-elevation forests and alpine areas. West Arm Park features old-growth forests, internationally significant habitat for grizzly bear and for a mountain caribou recovery program. The park protects important watersheds, which supply the city of Nelson with water.
  • Wildlife - The area was protected for its biodiversity value as the natural habitat for several endangered species while also protecting Nelson’s water source.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park
Cycling

Cycling

There are a few mountain bike trails, in varying condition. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. DO NOT CUT NEW TRAILS.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Lasca Creek trail is not maintained and leads through prime bear habitat - use caution and check our Trail Report for bear and/or safety information. DO NOT CUT NEW TRAILS. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. 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.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

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.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There are beach picnicking areas in the park. Beach areas are boat access only and user maintained.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are boat-accessable sites for short-term camping on a first-come, first-served basis. This is an undeveloped park and any campsites are to be user-maintained; please leave “no trace”.