Established in 1975, this park was part of a farm owned from 1905 by Dr. Dundas and Edith Herald and their children. Canoes carried the first Europeans here, but by the 1870s paddle-wheelers frequently transported people between Kamloops and communities on the lake. The Canadian Pacific railway, and later an expanded road system, resulted in a much easier movement of people and goods. Starting in the 1950s, the increase of private cars brought a new industry to Shuswap Lake, summer recreation.
Contact the gate office for a copy of the in-park handout, it provides information for the self-guided nature trail, and about the human, and natural history of this lovely place.
The canyon leading to Margaret Falls protects a unique ecosystem. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them.
Birders take note: 70 species are documented in Herald Park. Cougars, bears, and other wildlife are seen on occasion. Keep children close by when hiking.