Top 5 Family Kootenay Picnic Spots

Top 5 Family Kootenay Picnic Spots

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Chosen by our Facebook fans, here are your top 5 picks for the best "Family Picnic Spots" in the Kootenays!

#5 - East Shore of Kootenay Lake  

Located 40-km north of Creston on Highway 3A (near Boswell), adjacent to Lockhart Creek Provincial Park this small park provides the only easy access to public camping along the south arm of Kootenay Lake. The day use area is located near a sand/fine gravel beach, where visitors can relax and enjoy the clear waters of Kootenay Lake.

#4 - Columbia Lake

Columbia Lake Park (between Fairmont and Canal Flats) is used in summer by windsurfers, paddlers and motorized watercraft.  The 2,758-hectare lake is the largest warm water lake (18C in July) on the east side of the Kootenays. Approximately 3-km of undeveloped beach area allows for non-consumptive recreational opportunities (wildlife viewing, paddling, nature appreciation). Hiking and mountain biking are also available on the upper grasslands (or along the park access road).  

#3 - Premier Lake

Located 60 kilometres (36 mi) northest of Kimberley, south of Fairmont Hot Springs is Premier Lake Provincial Park. Premier Lake is one of the key recreational fishing lakes in the Kootenays. The emerald green lakes of Premier and four smaller lakes, Canuck, Yankee, Cats Eye and Quartz offer a unique and varied fishing experiences. The day use area at Premier Lake has 6 lakeside picnic tables. You can enjoy a picnic at any of the other four smaller lakes in the park but there are no picnic facilities. 

#2 - Radium Hot Springs 

The village of Radium Hot Springs lies at the southern entrance to Kootenay National Park. The hot pool facilities are located in Sinclair Canyon, just a couple of minutes inside the park boundary. People come here not only for the hot springs but also for the excellent golf courses in the area. Radium Hot Springs also offers many hiking opportunities, whitewater rafting adventures and scenic floats. An ideal picnic spot is on route to the Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park, half way up the road is a pull out with a couple of picnic tables that look out over Radium Hot Springs and the Columbia Valley.

#1 - Kokanee Creek

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park is situated in the Slocan range of the Selkirk Mountains and borders the West Arm of Kootenay Lake 19 kms (12 mi) from Nelson on Highway 3A. With 257-hectares, this park has over a kilometre of sandy beaches and a large delta area. It protects the active alluvial creek fan with its marshes and extensive sandspit. Kokanee Creek bisects the landscape to form a steep canyon that can be viewed from an observation platform.

Story shared by Kootenay Rockies. Photos: cover shot by Herve Durand, east shore of Kootenay Lake; top photo by Dave Heath, Columbia Lake; middle photo by Shannon Harrison, Premier Lake and bottom photo by Chris Dadson, Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.

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