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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Edgewood

Edgewood
Edgewood is located just off Hwy 6, approximately 75 km (47 miles) south of Nakusp and 135 km (84 miles) east of Vernon. Edgewood is situated on the west side of Lower Arrow Lake about 20 km (13 miles) south of the ferry terminal at Needles.

Small Rural Community
Edgewood is a small, friendly rural community where many of the people make a living working in the local agriculture and forestry industries found in the Inonoaklin Valley and the rest of the Lower Arrow Lakes region. The pace is a little slower with the residents adapting a real laid-back lifestyle.

Inonoaklin Valley
To get to Edgewood, you have to drive west of Needles on Hwy 6 for about 10 km (6 miles). Take the Inonoaklin Valley Road following Inonoaklin Creek for 10 km (6 miles) south to Edgewood. The road winds through the beautiful farmland of the Inonoaklin Valley then picks up the meandering creek into Edgewood.

Local Services
For local services there are the Edgewood General Store with a gas station, Edgewood Elementary grade school, Canada Post Office, Branch 203 Royal Canadian Legion, Vantage One Credit Union and the Edgewood Health Centre.

Inonoaklin Falls
When you do come into Edgewood, make sure you stop at Inonoaklin Falls. They are close to town at the foot of Inonoaklin Valley Road east of the Dority Road turnoff into Edgewood. The Inonoaklin Falls is the site of old Edgewood before the flooding of the Arrow Lakes by BC Hydro in the 1960's.

Angling Opportunities
If you enjoy angling, Inonoaklin Creek features Rainbow and Eastern Brook trout. For larger fish, Lower Arrow Lake also has some Gerrard Rainbow trout which are usually caught in the fall season.

Edgewood Campground
There is a community-run campground at Edgewood situated near the mouth of the Eagle Creek where it empties into Lower Arrow Lake. You can find campsites for both tents and RV's. Edgewood Campground has a sandy beach, an easy-access boat launch and the price of the campground site is very reasonable.

Whatshan Music and Family Festival
The Whatshan Music and Family Festival happens annually early in July. Situated on the shores of Whatshan Lake just north of Needles, the festival brings together an assortment of musicians together in celebration of art, music and togetherness. Musicians featured include bluegrass, country and folk players. The festival is held at the Whatshan Lake Retreat where a newly constructed stage has been assembled.

Whatshan Lake Retreat
You can find the Whatshan Lake Retreat situated at the south end of Whatshan Lake. The facility features a number of great recreational opportunities including a trail to a very nice swimming hole where the pool is around 13 metres (43 feet) deep and 15 metres (50 feet) high Whatshan Falls.

Forest Service Roads
The surrounding area around Edgewood both on the on the west and east sides of Lower Arrow Lake has a great number of Forest Service Roads. If you enjoy exploring the uninhabited areas obtain a Backroads Map and do some discovering. A real favourite is the trip south of Edgewood down Lower Arrow Lake towards the abandoned town of Renata on dirt bikes or quads.

Granby Provincial Park
One wilderness area worth exploring include Granby Provincial Park where there is the opportunity for backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. A backroad into the park starts off Hwy 6 west of the turnoff to Needles at Valley Creek. The gravel road takes you into Galloping Mountain and Mount Scaia on the north side of the park.

Rawhide Trail
You can also take the historic Rawhide Trail from Edgewood into Granby Provincial Park. The trail which starts near Eagle Creek right in Edgewood goes up to Mount Scaia and eventually onto Lightning Peak on the north-west side of the park. The Rawhide Trail was originally used by miners to transport ore from Lightning Peak to Lower Arrow Lake.

Whatshan Lake Campground
For other camping near Edgewood there is also the Whatshan Lake Campground. The facility is open from May through September. Features include great swimming, boating, fishing, fire pits, flush toilets and is also close to the public beach. Telephone: (250) 269-7459.

Information on Edgewood

Recreation

 

 

Map of Edgewood
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Inonoaklin Valley
Inonoaklin Valley

 

Lower Arrow Lake
Lower Arrow Lake

 

Edgewood Campground
Edgewood Campground

 

Inonoaklin Creek
Inonoaklin Creek

 

Edgewood General Store
Edgewood General Store


 
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