Park is a magnificent world-class wilderness, encompassing 49,893
hectares of natural landscape and 30 kms of pristine shoreline along
Slocan Lake. Three biogeoclimatic zones are found within Valhalla:
interior cedar/hemlock, Engelmann spruce/subalpine fir and alpine
tundra. Due to a moist climate, interesting plant communities such
as yellow cedar, Engelmann spruce/fern associations, and coastal
fern communities are important features of the area.
Basin, Valhalla Park, Kootenays BC
Norse mythology, Valhalla was a palace roofed with shields, wherein
lived the bravest of the slain Norse warriors. There, under the
leadership of the god Odin, they lived a happy life waiting for
the day when they would be rallied to march out of the palace and
do battle with the giants. The
spirit of Valhalla lives on in the splendour of this portion of
southeastern British Columbia, where great palaces of rock call
forth majestic images with names such as Asgard, Gimli and Thor.
Range is a dramatically diverse area in the Selkirk Mountains. Deep
river valleys, large subalpine lakes and granite peaks of up to
2,827 metres grace this park. Both Evans Lake and Beatrice Lake
are uncommonly large for high elevation lakes in BC. Surrounding
the lakes are numerous mountains with castellated peaks. The peaks
are truly magnificent. In the northwest, New Denver Glacier at 2,758
metres dominates the landscape, while the block-shaped Devil’s Couch
at 2,667 metres and Hela Peak at 2,717 metres define the central
Along the southwestern
boundary is an outstanding group of spires including Mount Dag, the
Wolfs Ears, Gimli, Asgard and Gladsheim – all over 2,660 metres. Numerous
cirque basins, several larger deep lakes and chains of small lakes
surround the ridges. Slocan Lake sits at 537 metres, well below most
of the park, forcing waterways to cut deeply into the landscape as
it descends some 2,000 metres before reaching the lake. Numerous cascades
and waterfalls are scattered throughout the park.
Peak, Valhalla Provincial Park, Kootenays
Mountain caribou, mule and whitetail deer, mountain goats, cougars,
black bears and grizzly bears roam Valhalla Park, and smaller mammals
like marmots and pikas can occasionally be seen among the rocks.
Alpine ptarmigans and golden eagles are favourite birds to watch
for when hiking Valhalla.
wilderness hiking and camping are the main recreational activities
in this park. Camping is restricted to designated sites along established
trails and on Slocan Lake beaches. Campfire pits are provided on
the beach areas. Only some sites provide pit toilets. There are
some overnights cabins available in the park. Evans Lake Cabin and
the Cove Creek Cabin serve as public shelters and offer accommodation
for a maximum of four persons in each cabin. Camping facilities
are provided at Gwillim, Wicca and Cahill Lakes.
Lake, Valhalla Provincial Park, Kootenays
reminded that this park is a rugged wilderness area without supplies
or equipment of any kind. Campers need to be fully self-sufficient
and practice “no trace” camping. The hiking trails that cover a
variety of distances and terrains lead from the six main drainages
from the mountain heights to Slocan Lake below, and from the Hoder
Creek Logging Road past Drinnon Lake and Gwillim Lakes in the southwest.
Hiking ranges from short walks to wilderness treks and mountain
climbing. Higher elevation lakes have been stocked to provide good
Visitors who opt
to canoe to the beaches and trails should note that strong crosswinds
may blow up suddenly. Early morning starts are recommended. The shoreline
of Slocan Lake is for the most part a rugged combination of bluffs
and large rocks interspersed with beautifully isolated pebble and
sand beaches. Pictographs on the rock bluffs overhanging Slocan Lake
are reminders of early native inhabitation of the area by the Kootenai
and Salish First Nations.
along Slocan Lake, Valhalla Provincial Park
It wasn't until
the 1850s that prospectors and surveyors came into the area, and
Slocan Lake became a highway of commerce for early towns in the
Kootenays. Overgrown trails and logging flumes mark the passing
of the local mining boom that brought Europeans to this area.
Park is located on the west shore of Slocan Lake, north of Slocan
and Castlegar, and encompasses most of the Valhalla Range of the
Selkirk Mountains. Boat access across Slocan Lake is required to
reach this wilderness - from Highway 6 between Slocan and New Denver.
The closest communities of Slocan, Silverton, and New Denver all
have boat launches. Commercial water taxis will also take visitors
across Slocan Lake to the various trailheads. The park can also
be accessed from forestry services roads and wilderness trails from
the west side of Slocan Lake. Helicopter and floatplanes can access
the park at Evans Lake.
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