The park has an important mining and logging history including a historic townsite and railway station, although no trace of these remain.
The area within the park is significant to the Okanagan, Shuswap and Ktunaxa-kinbasket First Nations. The park has an important mining and logging history including a historic townsite and railway terminus at the south end of Trout Lake.
This wilderness park protects a mix of low, mid and high-elevation forests. The park contains old-growth forests, extensive alpine meadows and lakes, and numerous rivers and creeks. It provides a spawning and rearing habitat for the internationally important Gerrard rainbow trout and an important spawning channel for Kootenay Lake kokanee in the Meadow Creek watershed. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please do not damage or remove them.
This wilderness area is critical in maintaining the natural habitat for species such as grizzly bear, elk, mountain goat and mountain caribou.