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Wasa Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Boil Water Advisory
Wasa Lake Provincial Park is currently on a Boil Water Advisory, both in the Campground and at the Sani Station, until further notice. Campers may want to fill their RVs with potable water either in Fernie or in Cranbrook prior to arriving at the park.
About This Park
A family vacation destination since the 1950s, Wasa Lake village advertises the warmest swimming lake in the Kootenays. Wasa Lake Park offers camping, swimming, hiking, cycling, boating and nature viewing opportunities. There is an 8 km wheelchair and bike accessible trail around the lakeshore and a 2.7 km self-guided interpretation trail.
World class attractions such as Fort Steele Heritage town, guest ranches, ski hills and golf courses are nearby. In addition to being a popular recreation spot, the park protects a representative grassland ecosystem. It includes a portion of North America’s most northern ponderosa pine forest set amid blue bunch wheatgrass meadows that provide habitat for a wide diversity of animals and plants.
Established Date: October 4, 1955
Park Size: 154 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Mountain and lake weather can change rapidly, be prepared. Visitors should be aware that high winds can come up quickly.
All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.
- Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
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Nature and Culture
- History: Wasa Lake Provincial Park was established in 1955 to provide recreational access to the warmest swimming lake in the Kootenays. The Wasa area was logged by the railway in the early 1900s and irrigated for years through a ditch and flume system begun in 1915. Later cattle ranching became the agricultural mainstay. Wasa village provides tourist facilities and services.
- Conservation: Wasa Lake Park is situated in the gentle terrain of the widening Rocky Mountain Trench. This 144 hectare park protects a representative area of the most threatened ecosystem type in the world; fire maintained temperate grasslands. Of the seemingly endless ocean of native grasslands that greeted the early settlers to our country, less than 5% remains and only a fraction is protected. These bunchgrass meadows host unique species such as curlews and sharp tailed grouse. During June and July, enjoy a spectacular diversity of wildflowers and birds. Intensive grassland restoration is occurring on two land blocks within this park.
Activities Available at this Park
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. There is an 8 km “Wasa Lions Way” paved path and secondary road trail around the lake that accommodates cyclists and pedestrians. A self guided mountain bike loop takes you from Wasa Lake to Lazy Lake. The “Lazy Lake Bike Loop” is a 33-kilometre ride which takes you up Wolf Creek Road to Lazy Lake and back to Wasa Lake on Lazy Lake Road. Mountain bikes are recommended.
A Children’s bike park is located within the campground at the south end, near site 89, for the use and enjoyment of families staying in the campground.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas, day-use areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Exceptions: Wasa Lake Park now has a dog friendly day-use area. The dog beach is located at the south end of Campers beach. This area is user maintained; owners are required to clean up after their pets. Signage is present and dog waste disposal-bags are provided on site.
There are four buoyed swimming access areas in the day use areas of the park. Warm waters and 2000 metres of developed gently sloping beaches provide excellent sunbathing and swimming areas, change rooms, picnic tables and washrooms are provided.
There are no lifeguards in provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
Wheelchair-accessible facilities include the flush toilet building in the campground, amphitheatre, day-use areas and lower of part of the nature trail.
This park has four day-use/picnic areas, including 45 picnic sites.
Camper’s Beach is located across from the campground and has a pit toilet, change house, picnic tables, sandy beach and a grassed area.
Horseshoe Beach is located 2 km north of the campground and has picnic tables, sandy beach, grassed area and a flush toilet building.
Grey Change Beach
Adjacent to Horseshoe Beach, Grey Change Beach has a day-use area, picnic tables, grassed area, a pebbly beach and one pit toilet. At the very north end of the lake is another day-use area. The Grey Change day-use area is open year-round.
Main Beach has a large sandy beach, grassed area, picnic tables, paved parking, and two pit toilets.