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Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in the southeast corner of the province.
Map showing the location of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in the southeast corner of the province.
Location of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in British Columbia
LocationCentral Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada
Nearest cityNelson, British Columbia
Coordinates49°47′00″N 117°10′00″W / 49.78333°N 117.16667°W / 49.78333; -117.16667
Area32,035 ha (123.69 sq mi)
Governing bodyBC Parks Edit this at Wikidata

Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is one of the oldest provincial parks in British Columbia, established in 1922. The park has an area of 320.35 km2 (123.69 sq mi) and is located in the Selkirk Mountains in the West Kootenays region of BC. The park has three glaciers (Kokanee, Caribou, and Woodbury) that feed over 30 alpine lakes which are the headwaters of many creeks.

There are five access roads entering the park, which were developed as mining and forestry roads along the major drainages. The nearest towns are Nelson, Ainsworth, Kaslo and Slocan City (access is primarily from Nelson and Kaslo). Pierre Trudeau's youngest son, Michel, was killed in an avalanche in 1998 while skiing at the park.

IUCN Category II

Gibson Lake with Mt John Carter to the left

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has designated Kokanee Glacier Park as a category II protected area (national park), though it is actually administered by the provincial government of British Columbia.[2]

Grays Peak

Grays Peak is a prominent mountain in the park. Named after Robert Hampton Gray (VC) and his brother, John Balfour Gray, the peak is notable as the mountain featured on the label of Kokanee beer.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Protected Planet | Kokanee Glacier Park". Protected Planet. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  2. ^ World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), Kokanee Glacier Class A Park[permanent dead link]. Retrieved 2013.03.14
  3. ^, Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia, Grays Peak. Retrieved 2010.07.24

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