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Harrop-Procter
Harrop-Procter is located approximately 31 km (19 miles) north-east of Nelson across the West Arm of Kootenay Lake from Balfour.

Harrop and Procter
Harrop-Procter refers to an area of land that borders the east side of West Arm Provincial Park and Kootenay Lake in the east containing the two small villages of Harrop and Procter. The two communities are about 7 km (4 miles) apart from each other with a main road that connects the two called the Harrop-Procter Hwy.

'Procter's Landing'
Procter was originally called 'Procter's Landing' in 1891 after Thomas G. Procter erected a fishing lodge on Kootenay Lake. During the 1900's, the community prospered with sawmills, hotels, the CPR Railway and served as a destination point for holiday travellers coming from Nelson aboard the CPR steamer, M.V. Nasookin. The last major employer Kootenay Water Transport Company closed in 1977 and Procter is now a retirement and cottage community.

Harrop
Harrop first started with a sawmill in 1889 and later with Ernest Harrop establishing a general store and post office in 1907. In time Harrop had fruit orchards, a packing house plus a CPR terminus serving a railway transport link from Nelson connecting with a landing and wharves at Sunshine Bay for sternwheelers to service Kootenay Lake mines.

Eco-Tourism
Today Harrop is similar to Procter economically serving as an eco-tourism destination for private solitude, spirituality and inspiration. The communities both are centres for artists to come together producing a number of unique works that are displayed in the shops throughout the West Arm of the Kootenay Lake area.

Harrop-Procter Community Forest
The area of land that backs onto West Arm Provincial Park is called the Harrop-Procter Community Forest. The reserve acts as the main impetus for economic well-being in the Harrop-Procter corridor, providing sustainable jobs in the forest industry with some remanufacturing of the local timber harvested.

Sustainable Remanufacturing
Some remanufacturing of the large dimensional timbers are used by The Traditional Timber Framing Co. or Mandala Custom Homes, both from Nelson who construct timber-framed houses in the Kootenay Region.

Local Answers
Other local companies such as Ox-Bow Shops use individual pieces out of the Harrop-Procter Community Forest for custom one-of-a-kind creations. The reserve also benefits end-users like the Sunshine Bay Botanicals who create natural and sustainable answers to today's health issues and also provide work for local residents.

Kootenay Storytelling Festival
Taking place annually in Procter every July, the Kootenay Storytelling Festival brings together with a number of people orating about the rich history of the Kootenay Region. The Kootenay Storytelling Festival includes a free garden tour through Harrop-Procter.

Harrop Harvest Festival
The Harrop Harvest Festival occurs in mid-September and is held at the Harrop Hall located at 6066 McConnell Road. The festival encompasses a number of vendors selling fresh-baked goods, handicrafts, canned goods plus fresh fruits and vegetables. Other entertainment includes musicians, games and prizes.

West Arm Provincial Park
For exploring around the Harrop-Procter area, there is West Arm Provincial Park, the site of a number of small isolated beaches located on the south shore only accessed by water. The park has a number of areas for wilderness camping, great swimming and areas of 'old-growth' forest.

Lasca Creek Trail
There is a non-maintained hike that follows a heritage trail up Lasca Creek. You have to be well prepared for encounters with grizzlies who reside in the ideal bear habitats of Lasca Creek and West Arm Provincial Park.

Information on Harrop-Procter

First Nations

 

 

Map of Balfour, Harrop and Procter
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Harrop-Procter
Harrop-Procter

 

Harrop
Harrop

 

Harrop Forest Nursery
Harrop Forest Nursery

 

Harrop-Procter Ferry
Harrop-Procter Ferry

 

Procter General Store
Procter General Store

 

Procter Hall
Procter Hall

 

West Arm Kootenay Lake
West Arm Kootenay Lake

 

The Old Schoolhouse
The Old Schoolhouse

 
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