Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

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Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Map showing location of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in Southeast British Columbia
Map showing location of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in Southeast British Columbia
Location of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in British Columbia
LocationBritish Columbia British Columbia, Canada Canada
Nearest cityNelson, British Columbia, British Columbia British Columbia
Coordinates49°47′00″N 117°10′00″W / 49.78333°N 117.16667°W / 49.78333; -117.16667Coordinates: 49°47′00″N 117°10′00″W / 49.78333°N 117.16667°W / 49.78333; -117.16667
Governing bodyProvincial

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[edit]

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.[1]

Grays Peak[edit]

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.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), Kokanee Glacier Class A Park[permanent dead link]. Retrieved 2013.03.14
  2. ^ Bivouac.com, Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia, Grays Peak. Retrieved 2010.07.24

External links[edit]

  • BC Parks - Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
  • Map of the park's location in SE British Columbia (BC Parks website)
  • "Kokanee Glacier Park". BC Geographical Names.