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.
Date Established: July 12, 1995
Park Size: 26,199 hectares
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
- There are no digital maps or brochures for this park
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.