Moyie Lake Provincial Park occupies the north end of Moyie Lake, a large scenic lake on the lower eastern slopes of the Purcell Mountains. This 61-hectare park encompasses lightly forested landscape, a small pond, and several trails. Moyie Lake is the spot for you if you like enjoying cool, secluded picnics beside a welcoming lake on a hot summer day.
Moyie Lake is a unique kettle pond lake, the result of a depression created at the outflow of a glacier. Moyie received its name from the prevalence of water. Previously known as McDonald’s River and the “Grand Quete”, the name that endured was Moyie, a derivative of the French “Mouille” meaning “wet”.
When you want to explore after the tent is set up, there’s a marsh with a fascinating community of plants and animals, plus the 2-km Meadows Interpretive Trail, which describes the surrounding natural environment. Fly-casting and trolling for trout is popular, and kokanee and ling cod are also found in Moyie Lake, which has a concrete double boat launch. Other activities include boating, windsurfing, and swimming, and the stretch of sandy beach provides a great spot for sunbathing. During the summer, education interpretive programs are offered at the park’s amphitheatre, including guided walks, a slide show, and children’s programs.
There are vehicle/tent campsites at this 90-hectare park, as well as a day-use/picnicking area. Basic facilities – picnic tables, pit toilets, fire pits, firewood and water – are provided, as well as flush toilets, showers, a sani-station, changehouses and a children’s playground. Some facilities are wheelchair accessible. The park is open from May to October, and fees are collected from May 1 to September 30.
Moyie Lake Provincial Park is located in the BC Rockies region of British Columbia, 12.5 miles (20 km) south of Cranbrook on the Crowsnest Highway 3. The small community of Moyie is located 5 km south of Moyie Lake Provincial Park.
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