West Arm Provincial Park
About This ParkThis 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
Click here for Trail Information [PDF] (you will need to scroll down to the West Arm entry)
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Online Management Planning Information [PDF 1.75MB] for West Arm Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park
There are a few mountain bike trails, in varying condition. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. DO NOT CUT NEW TRAILS.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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/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.
There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
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.
There are beach picnicking areas in the park. Beach areas are boat access only and user maintained.
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.