This protected area was recommended through the Okanagan-Shuswap Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) process and formally established as a Class A Park on April 18th, 2001, through Order-in Council under the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act .
Some parts of the park are believed to have been used by First Nations. Details are not available.
Steep forested slopes rise from Shuswap Lake and Hunakwa Lake to the alpine. Includes the most extensive undisturbed Interior Cedar Hemlock moist-warm Variant 3 (ICHmw3 - biogeoclimactic zones) in the region. The park has high biological diversity with a mix of successional forests including abundant deciduous-conifer stands in the ICH zone and a riparian floodplain with wetlands between Anstey Arm and Hunakwa Lake.
The habitat of grizzly, black bear, moose, mule deer, pine marten, Townsend’s big-eared bat and fisher are found within the park. It is also the spawning grounds for lake char, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, kokanee and rainbow trout.