Anstey Hunakwa Provincial Park includes a variety of landscapes at the north end of Shuswap Lake. It extends from the shore of the lake to alpine environments on mountain tops.
There are extensive areas of old-growth forest in the Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir and Interior Cedar-Hemlock zones. Included in the park are two lakes that cannot be reached by road (a rarity in the Shuswap area) – Hunakwa Lake and Wright Lake.
The north end of Anstey Arm is more accessible (but only by boat), and is valued for its recreational opportunities (sandy beaches) and salmon habitat.
Established Date: May 20, 2004 via Bill 50
Park Size: 6,852 hectares
Wilderness camping is allowed; no facilities are provided and visitors are expected to practice Leave No Trace camping. Boat-accessible camping facilities are available at Shuswap Lake Marine Park (Anstey Beach and Four Mile Creek sites).
Campfires are permitted, but firewood is not available. Firewood may be purchases from vendors on Shuswap Lake or you can bring your own wood. While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or 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.
At the present time we have no details on fish in Hunakwa and Wright lakes in the protected area. Shuswap Lake contains 19 species of fish and year-round fishing. Lake trout and Rainbows to 10 kg. Bull trout, Kokanee, Burbot, Whitefish. Mainly trolling for deep lurkers is the most popular technique. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
This park is open to hunting. Please consult the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
The main access to the park is by boat to the north end of Anstey Arm on Shuswap Lake. There is a 3 km trail from the north end of Anstey Arm to the south end of Hunakwa Lake.
The closest communities, towns and cities are Seymour Arm, Anglemont, Celista, Scotch Creek, Blind Bay, Eagle Bay, Sicamous, Mara Lake, Tappen, Sorrento and Salmon Arm.
This park proudly operated by:
Silvertip Park Services Ltd.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.