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Stagleap Provincial Park is located approximately 37 km (23 miles) east of Salmo and 48 km (30 miles) west of Creston on Hwy 3.

Highest All-Weather Highway Pass in BC
The park is situated in the sub-alpine forest right at the summit of Kootenay Pass, the highest all-weather highway in British Columbia. At 1,774 metres (5,820 feet), this section of road crossing between the East-to-West Kootenay mountains is one of the highest-paved highways in Canada.

Bridal Lake
Besides all the beautiful mountain views around the park, there is also a small lake located here called Bridal Lake. There are a couple of walking trails near and around the lake called Cornice Ridge loop and Bridal Lake Shore loop that both go between the two ends of the lake. With the appropriate fishing license, Bridal Lake also offers angling opportunities for Rainbow trout. Kayaking and canoeing possibilities can also be found here.

Backcountry Snowshoeing and Skiing
The backcountry snowshoeing and skiing found around Stagleap Provincial Park is exceptional, making it a great destination point for those who enjoy this sport. Remember: be prepared, heavily-experienced, and well-informed for this type of wilderness situation, as it has been known to be very dangerous.

Ripple Mountain
Ripple Peak is the highest peak that is the most accessible from Stagleap Pass Provincial Park. Ripple Mountain, at around 2,334 metres (7,658 feet), definitely has a steep north-east face while the south side is gentle and makes for more of a good spring backcountry ski or snowshoeing tour.

Beargrass Trail
There is hiking and walking during the summer season in the same area, especially on a popular walk called the Beargrass Trail. This is a short alpine walk that is situated above Bridal Lake and offers spectacular views of the southern Selkirk Mountains far beyond into Washington and Idaho States.

Facilities at Stagleap
Park facilities found at Stagleap are fairly limited but do include a parking lot and large picnic area at the east end of Bridal Lake. At the west side of the lake, there is a smaller parking lot, pit-toilet, and a log structure that serves as a warming hut for cross-country skiers in the winter, with a table present as well as a wood-burning air-tight stove. There is no overnight camping allowed in the shelter, nor is there any firewood available for use.

Wildlife Watching
There is the potential for wildlife watching at Stagleap Provincial Park. Mountain Cariboo migrate through here. A fairly sizeable herd of Big Horn sheep also frequent the area between the feeding stations 10 km (6 miles) from Salmo and Stagleap. Watch for signs of Grizzly bears.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Winter Season
Because of snow loading and avalanche conditions, the highway can be closed at certain times during the winter storm season, so be prepared for any closures for Hwy 3 - check radio broadcasts for conditions in the area, or look them up on DriveBC.com. If there are any problems with road closures, there are alternate routes to Creston or Salmo via the free ferry crossings at Balfour or Kootenay Bay.

BC Parks


Stagleap Provincial Park
Stagleap Provincial Park


Bridal Lake
Bridal Lake


Shelter at Stagleap Provincial Park
Shelter at Stagleap Provincial Park


Trail at Stagleap Provincial Park
Trail at Stagleap Provincial Park


Picnic Area
Picnic Area


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