Lake Provincial Park
Wasa Lake Provincial Park is located 40 km (25 miles) north of Cranbrook
and 93 km (58 miles) south of Invermere
on Hwy 93/95 about 2 km (1.3 miles) east of the small community
on Wasa Lake Park Drive.
To get here from Calgary, from the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 take Hwy 93
Hot Springs. If you are coming from the Okanagan or Salmon
Arm take the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 to Revelstoke,
then Hwy 95 to Radium
Hot Springs. If you are coming from the USA take Hwy 3 to Cranbrook
then north on Hwy 93/95.
The highlight of Wasa Lake Provincial Park is nearby Wasa Lake which
along with Osoyoos Lake has a reputation to be one of the warmest
lakes in Canada. The lake set against the magnificent Rocky Mountains
in the background is about around 2.6 km (1.6 miles) long, usually
calm and is a pleasure to swim in, go boating on or simply walk
Wasa Lake Provincial Park is also home to a valuable eco-system
that is tied to the bunchgrass meadows that are present in this
unique climate near the Rocky Mountains. Throughout certain times
during the year, Wasa Lake has a fascinating array of stunning wildflowers,
birds and wildlife all throughout the park.
There are 101 vehicle-accessible campsites located in the provincial
park. The campsites are first-come first-served with a certain number
held for reservations through Discover Camping. The campsites are
well spaced out, fairly large, quite private suitable for both RV
camping and tents, unfortunately there are no drive-through sites.
The facilities included at Wasa lake Provincial Park - ten cold
water taps throughout the campground, a large number of pit and
flush toilets, adventure playground for children, fire pits and
firewood available for purchase.
There are four separate day-use areas around Wasa Lake that are
included in Wasa Lake Provincial Park. The campground has one day-use
area which has a sandy beach, swimming area, boat launch, change
room, pit toilet, play area, grassy field and picnic tables is called
There is also a beach and picnic area north of the campground by
2 km (1.3 miles) called Horseshoe Beach. Then around the lake the
park also includes Pete's Beach and Main Beach. All these separate
sections of lakefront have buoyed swimming zones and can be easily
accessed from the campground by foot using the Wasa Lions Way Trail.
Lions Way Trail
This 8 km (5 miles) paved circle route around Wasa Lake Provincial
Park is a must for you to do. Staying at the same elevation around
the lake, the designed wheelchair-accessible, cycling and hiking
trail takes you along a paved path including some quiet secondary
roads circling Wasa Lake. The trail goes through the four sections
of park including some grasslands and wildlife viewing areas.
Besides the Wasa Lions Way Trail you can walk on a beautiful self-guided
2.7 km (1.7 miles) long interpretation trail situated near the rear
of the campground. Then for more advanced cyclist with stamina there
is an excellent mountain bike route around Wasa Lake Provincial
Park called the Lazy Lake Bike Loop.
There are some angling opportunities in Wasa Lake with Largemouth
Bass, Perch and Burbot living in the lake. Remember though depending
on what time of the year certain restrictions could be in place
so you'll need to check with the local regulations.
For entertainment you can go into Wasa to the Wasa Country Pub on
Hwy 93/95, which features cold beer, a liquor store and home-cooked
food. For services, liquor, groceries or other camping there is
the Hitchin Post General Store & Campground on Wasa Lake Park
Drive. Telephone: (250) 422-3321.
The campground is a short walk to the beach area that is in the
park. During the summer season, because of the popularity of the
warm water, the campground can fill up quickly. In order for you
not to be disappointed reservations are accepted here through Discover