This park extends along the shore of Kootenay Lake from Nelson to Harrop and up to the peaks behind. The creek fans and pocket beaches are popular with boaters and there is a historic trail (not maintained) up Lasca Creek. The park is largely undeveloped; there are no facilities or designated campsites.
Date Established: July 12, 1995
Park Size: 26,199 hectares
There are boat-accessable sites for short-term camping on a first-come, first-served basis. This is an undeveloped park and any campsites are to be user-maintained; please leave “no trace.
We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. 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.
Lasca Creek trail is not maintained and leads through prime bear habitat – please use caution. DO NOT CUT NEW TRAILS. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails.
For details on e-biking within West Arm Provincial Park, see the e-biking section.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within West Arm Provincial Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the BC Parks cycling guidelines.
Ski mountaineering is available. Users are responsible for their snow stability evaluation (avalanche hazard) route finding, self rescue and first-aid. See General Safety and Ethics for avalanche information.
There is Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) mapping available for a portion of West Arm Provincial Park on the Avalanche Canada webpage. Please refer to the Avalanche.ca Trip Planner to assist in winter trip planning.
This park is situated east of Nelson and south of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.
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.