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Anstey Hunakwa Provincial Park
About This Park
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
Know Before You Go
- Beaching of boats can be difficult at the north end of Anstey Arm. The water in front of the sandy beaches on the north shore is shallow, especially in late summer. Boaters should approach with caution and be prepared to wade to the beach. On the west side of the arm where the Hunakwa Lake trail begins, the shoreline is rocky. Only small boats are able to beach (with caution).
- Most of the park, including Hunakwa Lake, is remote with no facilities. Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
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.
Nature and Culture
- History: 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.
- Cultural Heritage: Some parts of the park are believed to have been used by First Nations. Details are not available.
- Conservation: 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.
- Wildlife: 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.
- Management Planning Information
- A management plan was approved for the park in May 2013.