Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area

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Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area
Quiniscoe lake.jpg
Quiniscoe Lake of the Cathedral Lakes
Map showing the location of Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area
Map showing the location of Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area
Location of Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area in British Columbia
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Nearest townPrinceton, British Columbia
Area33,272 hectares (Park)
82,217 acres (Park)
353 hectares (Protected Area)
872 acres (Protected Area)
EstablishedApril 1, 2001
Governing bodyBC Parks

Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area, usually known as Cathedral Provincial Park and also as Cathedral Park, is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. It is located east of E.C. Manning Provincial Park, south of BC Highway 3, and southeast of the town of Princeton and southwest of Keremeos. Its southern boundary is the border with the United States. Much of the park is the basin of the Ashnola River.


The park gets its name from Cathedral Mountain, near the international border. The peak was named in 1901 by Carl and George Smith on a United States Geological Survey expedition, who are believed to be the first to have ascended the summit.[1] The original area of Cathedral Provincial Park was established on May 2, 1968, with an area of 18,000 hectares (44,000 acres). This park ran in a narrow North-South corridor along Lakeview Creek from the Ashnola River in the North to the international boundary. The park included the Cathedral Lakes area. After a length consultation process with local interest groups, industry, and researchers, the park was expanded to have boundaries that roughly matched natural boundaries. This expanded the park to an area of roughly 82,000 acres (33,000 ha), with the Ashnola River forming the Western and Northern boundaries of the park and Ewart Creek forming the Eastern boundary, with certain exceptions for existing mineral claims.[2] On April 18, 2001, the contiguous conservation area protected was expanded with the establishment of the 25,889 hectares (63,970 acres) Snowy Protected Area.[3]


The park is home to front-country vehicle accessible camping as well as back-country camping. There are multiple day-use areas in the park. Accommodation is provided within the park at the Cathedral Lakes Lodge. There are no public roads within the park itself. The park is connected to E. C. Manning Provincial Park by the Centennial Trail from Osoyoos to Simon Fraser University,[4] though it has not been maintained recently and no longer appears on maps of Manning Park.

A view from Quiniscoe Peak in Cathedral Provincial Park


  1. ^ Akrigg, Helen B.; V., G. P. (1997). British Columbia Place Names (Third ed.). Vancouver: UBC Press. p. 41. ISBN 0-7748-0637-0.
  2. ^ Travers, Oliver Raymond (1975). Cathedral Provincial Park expansion proposal. Victoria, BC: Resource Planning Unit, E.L.U.C. Secretariat.
  3. ^ "Snowy Protected Area". BC Parks. British Columbia Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  4. ^ Paquet, Maggie (1986). The B.C. Parks Explorer (First ed.). Vancouver: Whitecap Books. pp. 128–129. ISBN 0-920620-63-9.

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Coordinates: 49°04′00″N 120°11′00″W / 49.06667°N 120.18333°W / 49.06667; -120.18333