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Purcell Wilderness Conservancy

This 131,523 wilderness conservancy preserves a spectacularly beautiful section of the Purcell Mountains. Access to this area is from Argenta on Kootenay Lake, Toby Creek north of Invermere or St. Mary Lake Road south of Kimberley.

It is a challenging, undeveloped nearly pristine mountain landscape encompassing five biogeoclimatic zones and the only intact ecosystem in southeastern BC.


Visitors to the Purcells should be experienced, self-sufficient wilderness travellers capable of interpreting topographical maps and route-finding. Wilderness recreation values include hunting, fishing, hiking, cultural sites, climbing, horseback riding (on the east side of the park only) and wildlife viewing.

The Conservancy is a non-mechanized area. This means that the use of vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles, bicycles and helicopters to access the park are prohibited.

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Access from east & west sides of the park, BC

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