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

The small village of Wasa is located 40 km (25 miles) north of Cranbrook and 47 km (29 miles) south of Canal Flats on Hwy 93/95.

Established in the Early 1900's
The village of Wasa has been established since the early 1900's when logging and the railroad came through the area. Cattlemen eventually came with the building and design of a large irrigation plan and full-scale agriculture was developed. The village has since become more dependent on tourism and service industry for the local retirees and summer cottages.

Canada's Warmest Lake
Wasa is home to one reportedly one of Canada's warmest lakes. Wasa Lake is around 2.6 km (1.6 miles) long with the small community situated on the highway and the road that surrounds the community, Wasa Lake Park Drive. The beautiful grandeur and amazing focal point of the Rocky Mountains are always present to the east.

Wasa Lake Provincial Park
Situated on the east side of the lake on Wasa Lake Park Drive is Wasa Lake Provincial Park. The park is home to a valuable eco-system that is tied to the bunchgrass meadows that are present in this unique climate. Certain times during the year, Wasa Lake Provincial Park has a fascinating array of stunning wildflowers, birds and wildlife.

Walking and Nature Viewing
For walking and nature viewing the Wasa Lake Provincial Park has provided a self-guided interpretive trail that is around 2.7 km (1.7 miles) long to view the astonishing spectacle.

There are some angling opportunities in Wasa Lake with Largemouth Bass, Perch and Burbot living in the lake. There is a boat launch available for use at the Wasa Lake Provincial Park.

There are also 101 vehicle-accessible campsites located in the provincial park on the east side of the lake. 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 Camping.

Wasa Lions Way Trail
This 8 km (5 miles) paved circle route around Wasa is a must for you to do if visiting Wasa Lake. Staying at the same elevation, the designed wheelchair-accessible, cycling and hiking trail takes you along a paved path including some quiet secondary roads circling Wasa through the provincial park grasslands and the beautiful countryside.

Lazy Lake Bike Loop
There is an excellent mountain-biking route if you enjoy a challenging ride. The Lazy Lake Bike Loop travels beside the Rocky Mountains giving you a viewpoint of Premier Ridge, Tee Pee Mountain and up towards Estella Mine. The loop is about 33 km (21 miles) long taking you on Wolf Creek Road back to Wasa Lake on Lazy Lake Road. This is not an easy ride so be prepared for the worst and only children with good stamina are recommended.

Wasa Services
For entertainment in Wasa there is the Wasa Country Pub 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.

Wasa Slough Wildlife Sanctuary
An excellent birdwatching location is at the Wasa Slough Wildlife Sanctuary just south of Wasa on Hwy 93/95. Wildlife for you to keep an eye on includes eagles. blue herons, turkey vultures, ospreys, and Canada geese. If you're travelling south to Fort Steele most of the corridor between Wasa is a large wetland providing food plus nesting and resting areas for migratory birds.

Fort Steele
Located close by to Wasa is Fort Steele, a major attraction and the former capital of the East Kootenay Region. Situated south of Wasa by 21 km (13 miles) on Hwy 93/95 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Steele displays how life was lived at the confluence of Kootenay and St. Mary's Rivers during the late 1800's.

Wasa Lake Motel
For other accommodation in Wasa Lake besides the provincial campground there is the Wasa Lake Motel.


Map of Fort Steele
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Wasa Lake - Canada's Warmest Lake
Wasa Lake - Canada's Warmest Lake


Waterfront Homes on Wasa Lake
Angling on Wasa Lake


Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountains


Wasa Lions Way Trail
Wasa Lions Way Trail


Waterfront Homes on Wasa Lake
Waterfront Homes on Wasa Lake


Hitchin Post General Store & Campground
Hitchin Post General Store


Fort Steele Heritage Town
Fort Steele

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