Chosen by our fans, followers and staffers, we have the list of your favourite Kootenay swimming holes! Here is what makes them so special:
– Peckham’s Lake (Wardner, BC)
Located within Norbury Lake Provincial Park, this beach area offers picnic tables and a dock. Set against the Canadian Rockies this small body of water is a great place for families.
– Martha Creek (Revelstoke, BC)
Situated on an old river terrace on the western shore of the Revelstoke reservoir. You’ll find few sandy beaches and playground with an adventure centre, indoor cook shelter and a large picnic field complete with volleyball net and horseshoe pits.
#8 – Marysville Upper Falls
A short, mostly boardwalk path, is an easy 10-15 minute stroll to a viewpoint overlooking the 30-metre waterfall. Cooling pools are located above the falls.
Marysville Falls, photo by Kari Medig
– Wasa Lake (Wasa, BC)
One of the warmest waters in the Kootenays, this park has four picnic areas including 45 picnic sites. Each day-use area has its own sandy beach, picnic tables and grassed areas. Three of the day-use areas are open year-round.
– Cooper’s Beach (Silverton, BC)
A large, open landscaped area by the lake with picnic tables. Located in Silverton, just a short distance west of Highway 6 (turn on 4th Street at the Museum intersection).
– Silver Springs Lakes (Elko, BC)
There are three deep and scenic lakes, that are within an easy, short day hike. The lakes are surrounded by steep walls and the third lake has cliffs that rise straight up from the shore.
#4 – Cedar Lake (Golden, BC)
A small wilderness lake where you can enjoy swimming, fishing and canoeing. The beach area is lovely and the secluded spot is also popular for hiking and mountain bike. Access via a gravel forestry road on the way to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Cedar Lake near Golden, BC (photo by Dave Best)
– Quartz Lake (Skookumchuk, BC)
The emerald green water of Quartz (Rock Bluff Lake) is crystal clear. Located within the Premier Lake Provincial Park this lake offers fishing, cliff jumping and if you access the island, one of the best swimming spots in the Kootenays.
Quartz Lake near Premier Lake Provincial Park (photo by Shannon Harrison)
– Riondel Park (Riondel, BC)
Located on the east-shore of Kootenay Lake, the protected bay is a great spot for families. The day-use area has picnic tables, a sheltered swimming area and access to paddling adventures.
– Matheson Falls (Fernie, BC)
It is a wild and beautiful swimming hole, completely surrounded by moss and very pristine as the sunshine rays filter through the cedar bows.
Matheson Falls near Fernie, BC (photo by Sydney Young)
Honourable mentions also go to: Field, Fletcher Falls near Kaslo, Lillian Lake near Invermere, Rotary Lakeside Park in Nelson and Summit Lake near Nakusp.
Story by KootRocks Staffer; Cover photo by Shannon Harrison