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Deer Park
Deer Park is located 38 km (24 miles) north-west of Castlegar first on the Syringa Park Road and then on the gravel Deer Park FSR.

Lower Arrow Lake
Deer Park's establishment dates back to June 1, 1897 when a post office was established along this part of the Lower Arrow Lake region. The CPR had steamer service for transportation of goods and people coming in and out this section of the Lower Arrow Lake mainly using the S.S. Minto, eventually ceasing business on April 24, 1954 with the last sailing.

Deer Population
The area was noted for a large deer population as highlighted from G.M. Dawson when he originally published the survey for the Lower Arrow Lake District, taken from 1001 British Columbia Place Names by Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V: The most attractive and park-like portion of this country is commonly named the "Deer Park," and is frequented by great numbers of deer, when in winter their higher pastures in the mountains become covered with snow.

Vacation Homes
Today Deer Park is a quiet place with very little going on except perhaps a generator or chain saw running in the background. There is very little here except some vacation homes along the lakeshore with only a few full-time residents, with most people enjoying their privacy. The community is not on the electrical grid but is included within the Central Kootenay Regional District in Area J but has little or no services.

Hugh Keenleyside Dam
Deer Park, along with other communities along the Lower Arrow Lake, was drastically changed with the completion of the Hugh Keenleyside Dam 12 km (7.5 miles) upstream on the Columbia River Castlegar in 1968. Many of the communities had to be dismantled and have been completely changed because of the rising reservoir along the banks.

Gravel Road
The gravel road, one-way trip into Deer Park, in from Syringa Provincial Park is well worth your time to explore. Not only are the views along Lower Arrow Lake incredible but also the opportunity to view wildlife, especially deer and mountain sheep is highly predictable. On the way in there are a couple of interesting things, the hike along the Tulip Creek Trail, the other the swimming hole on the Deer Park FSR at Cayuse Creek.

Exercise Caution
The trip in can be slow, especially around the one-lane-only sections and traffic coming the other way. You must exercise caution at all times because the forestry road can have logging trucks and heavy equipment operating on it at all times and must be given lots of room and the right-of-way.

Syringa Provincial Park
For accommodation there is really nothing to be found in Deer Park. The closest and best facility in the area is back at Syringa Provincial Park. At Syringa you can find a beautiful beach, day-use area and 61 vehicle-accessible campsites, 30 of which can be reserved.

Sunshine Bay Recreation Site
There is a recreation site situated north of Deer Park on the Sunshine Creek Forest Service Road. The Sunshine Bay Recreation Site has four lakeside campsites and is north of the abandoned fruit-growing community of Broadwater. Go to Recreation Sites and Trails BC website for details of the campsite, driving directions on this rough gravel 4x4 road and what to expect on the travel in from Deer Park.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying 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.

Information on Deer Park



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Welcome to Deer Park
Welcome to Deer Park


Lakeside at Deer Park
Lakeside at Deer Park


Lakeside at Deer Park
Lakeside at Deer Park


Mountain Goats
Mountain Sheep


Lower Arrow Lake
Lower Arrow Lake

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