Banana Island Provincial Park is a small 10.4-hectare park that protects an environmentally sensitive island in the South Thompson River. The island is long, narrow and partially covered with stands of ponderosa pine and grassy undercover. Other than wildlife viewing and photography, recreational activities are not permitted in the area as the park is intended for conservation purposes only.
The park protects spring salmon spawning grounds and nesting grounds for a variety of birds and waterfowl such as Canadian geese, osprey and bald eagles and wintering habitat for Tundra and Trumpeter Swan. Nesting waterfowl are found here from April to July, with nesting raptors from spring until August.
The many kekuli pits (semi-underground pit-houses) on the island provide historical evidence of habitation by the Neskonlith Indian band.
Banana Island Provincial Park is located 22 miles (35 km) east of Kamloops on the Thompson River in the Thompson Okanafa region of British Columbia. Banana Island can only be accessed by kayak or canoe.
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