Rosebery Provincial Park is located on Hwy 6, approximately 6.5
km (4 miles) north of New
Denver and 41 km south-east of Nakusp.
To get here from Vernon,
take Hwy 6 east to the ferry crossing at Needles,
and then cross Arrow Lake to Fauquier.
From Fauquier, continue on Hwy 6 and head north to Nakusp then east
to New Denver. If you are travelling on Hwy 3, follow directions
to Nelson, take Hwy 31 to Kaslo, and then take the 31A west to New
Denver. Rosebery Provincial Park is situated just north of New Denver
on Slocan Lake and the small community of Rosebery.
Rosebery is a small lakeside community consisting mostly of summer
cabins and houses with small acreages owned by retirees seeking
a slower way of life, all situated on beautiful Slocan Lake. Because
of the quality of the harbour, Roseberry was once a staging ground
for the railway barges and steamboats as they were loaded and unloaded
from the late 1800s to the early 1900s along Slocan Lake. The facility
at Rosebery had a railway roundtable and served as the terminus
for the Nakusp & Slocan Railway, receiving ore from nearby Three
Forks and Sandon
and delivering it to Nakusp and eventually to Revelstoke
and the mainline of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
The features of Rosebery Provincial Park include a 36-site, vehicle-accessible
campground adjacent to Wilson Creek, which flows into Slocan Lake
a short distance away. The campsites are fairly secluded and set
in a forest of mixed lodgepole pine and fir trees, most offering
some privacy. There are 6 pull-through sites, which are more suitable
for larger RVs. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis,
with no reservations available.
The facilities at the park include a fresh-water hand pump located
at the gate entrance and 3 sets of pit-toilets that are spaced throughout
the campground. Campfire rings are located in each campsite with
fire wood available for a small fee from the camp operators. All
pets must be on a leash. Bikes are allowed, but only on roadways.
Bicycle helmets are mandatory in all parts of British Columbia.
Rosebery Parklands Regional Park is a short walk away from the campground
on Slocan Lake.
For outdoor recreation, Rosebery Provincial Park makes for a staging
point to discover all of the great pursuits found close by on Slocan
Lake. The list includes hiking, mountain biking at Wilson Creek
Falls, camping, and exploring Kokanee Glacier, Valhalla, and Goat
Range Provincial Parks, kayaking, canoeing, and, with the appropriate
licence, fishing on Slocan Lake. You can also enjoy all of the nearby
One favourite destination near Rosebery Provincial Park is the Galena
Trail, a combined walking and cycling single-track trail that starts
across Hwy 6 at the entrance to the provincial park. This 13 km
(8 mile) long (one way) trail starts off by following the shore
of Slocan Lake south, then cuts in and crosses Hwy 6 near New Denver,
eventually going to a parking lot situated at the 31A turnoff to
Sandon and the historic town site called Three Forks. Along the
Galena Trail, you'll get a chance to look at the remains of an abandoned
mine concentrator at Alamo Siding, an operation once owned by the
Alamo Consolidated Mining & Milling Company. The big thrill
is when you cross Carpenter Creek on a one-person cable car that
can also hold a bike.
As with other BC Parks, there are no lifeguards at Rosebery Provincial
Park, so keep an eye on children and all non-swimmers, especially
along Wilson Creek and Slocan Lake. For people who feel comfortable
swimming, there are a couple of spots with limited access on Slocan
Lake across Hwy 6 in Rosebery. Remember swimming and watersports
are at your own risk.
Historical communities near Rosebery Provincial Park include Sandon,
New Denver, Silverton, and Slocan
City. Most of them have museums, grocery stores, small cafés
and coffee shops, hiking trails, and RV Parks. There are also numerous
mining and ghost towns throughout the whole area, all worth exploring.
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside
around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try
to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you
feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions.
There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars
so please play it safe.
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