Syringa Provincial Park is a 19 km (12 mi), (25 minute) drive from Castlegar and is 10 minutes from the Hugh Keenleyside Dam on Broadwater Road, a paved highway.
Nestled between the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges, the park encompasses 4,417 hectares. It is situated at the southeast end of the shores of the Lower Arrow Lake, a part of the Columbia River that has widened and deepened with the construction of the Hugh Keenleyside Dam at Castlegar.
Recreation opportunities on the Arrow Lake Reservoir have made the park a long-time popular destination and offer a comfortable base camp for the family to pursue a variety of recreational pursuits including fishing, boating and swimming.
The park protects not only provincially significant interior Douglas-fir forests but also preserves one of the few remaining examples of grassland ecosystems in the Kootenays. A variety of wildlife are at home in the park including, elk, deer and a herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep that can often be observed grazing on the many rock bluffs. Opportunities for nature appreciation occur all year making this park a destination in every season.
The campsites are a mix of sun and shade; the lanes are paved and showers are available. Boat launch. Seniors discount.
Nearby Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre
Identified by their distinctive, blue-and-yellow logo, this Visitor Centre at 1995 6th Avenue provides a wide range of visitor services, including professional visitor counselling, helpful travel information and literature, and accommodation reservations. Visitor centres specialize in community information and provincial itinerary planning and their service is friendly and personalized.
Castlegar is situated at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers and is home to an impressive network of trails, where hikers and cyclists enjoy the natural setting of the town and surrounding area. With a strong historical connection to the Doukhobors, a pacifist religious sect that fled Russia in the early 20th century, you may learn more about their culture at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park and the Castlegar Rail Station,which has been converted to a museum. You’ll also be inspired by the wealth of creative talent and artistic excellence of the artists, artisans and performers that colour the community.