Herald Provincial Park
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Introduction

Sitting on the shores of Shuswap Lake and featuring two distinct topographical areas - upland and flat delta - Herald Provincial Park is a sweet spot for RV camping vacations. Located 14 km (9 miles) east of the Trans Canada Highway at Tappen, British Columbia, this provincial park covering forested uplands and foreshore areas boasts facilities and amenities such as RV campsites, day use/picnic areas, boat launch, swimming beach, dump station, telephone, water, garbage disposal stations, playground, interpretive shop, information center, and parking lots.

Activities to enjoy while on RV vacation at Herald Provincial Park include hiking in nature on interpretive trails, biking, angling for 19 fish species, boating, canoeing, birding, wildlife viewing, flora and nature observation, swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, picnicking, photography, and many more.

The main attractions at Herald Provincial Park are Shuswap Lake and Margaret Falls. Shuswap Lake is a large clean lake providing excellent opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating.

Herald Provincial Park was established in 1975 as part of a farm owned from 1905 by Dr. Dundas and Edith Herald and their children.

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Transportation in Herald Provincial Park

Driving

Located 14 km (9 miles) east of the Trans Canada Highway at Tappen, British Columbia, Herald Provincial Park is accessible via the Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road making it an easy drive-in park for RVs, trailers, and other motorized vehicles. A comprehensive road network within the park links all the campgrounds and areas of interest ensuring navigation within the park is smooth. There are no driving restrictions within the park.

Parking

There are four parking areas available for RVs, trailers, and other motorized vehicles within Herald Provincial Park and these are well distributed across the park. Parking of rigs and vehicles is only permitted in these designated parking lots and the gravel portion of campsites. Consequently, parking is not allowed on the roadsides in the park. Overnight parking is available.

Public Transport

There are no direct public transportation services to Herald Provincial Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Herald Provincial Park

Campsites in Herald Provincial Park

Reservations camping

Bastion Campground

Bastion Campground in Herald Provincial Park features 15 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. There are no hookup options for RVs at the campground. RV length limit in the campground is 32 ft (10 m). Amenities available at the campground include water and garbage station, pit/flush toilets, access to trailheads. Telephone and Information Center are available at the campground entrance. Alcohol consumption is only allowed in respective campsites, and length of stay is limited to maximum of 14 days annually. Quiet Time is from 10 pm to 7 am.

Reinecker Campground

Reinecker Campground in Herald Provincial Park features 36 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. There are no hookup options for RVs at the campground. RV length limit in the campground is 32 ft (10 m), however vacationers with larger rigs can call ahead to find out if there is space available. Amenities available at the campground include water and garbage, picnic tables, fire grills, pit/vault toilets, and restroom with showers. Alcohol consumption is only allowed in respective campsites, and length of stay is limited to maximum of 14 days annually. Quiet Time is from 10 pm to 7 am.

Homestead Campground

Homestead Campground in Herald Provincial Park features 76 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. There are no hookup options for RVs at the campground. RV length limit in the campground is 32 ft (10 m), however vacationers with larger rigs can call ahead to find out if there is space available. Amenities available in the campground include water and garbage, picnic tables, fire grills, pit/vault toilets, restroom with showers, and access to trailheads. Alcohol consumption is only allowed in respective campsites, and length of stay is limited to maximum of 14 days annually. Quiet time is from 10 pm to 7 am.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Herald Provincial Park

In-Season

Boating/Canoeing

Boating and canoeing are popular activities on Shuswap Lake in Herald Provincial Park as the lake is a popular site for all water sports. The boat launch at the park is the perfect place to begin the water activities on the lake. All boaters and paddlers are advised to be prepared for sudden winds and rough waters on the lake. Mooring of boats overnight is not permitted at the park.

Fishing

Herald Provincial Park offers RV campers amazing opportunities for fishing, since Shuswap Lake features 19 different fish species that are available year-round. The most popular fish species that RV campers catch in the lake are lake trout, rainbows, dollies, kokanee, whitefish, and burbot. Among anglers in the park, the most popular fishing technique is trolling for deep lurkers. All RV campers that wish to fish in the park are required to possess an appropriate fishing license.

Hiking/Biking

The landscape in Herald Provincial Park provides interesting terrains for RV campers to enjoy hiking as the park features two distinct topographical areas; upland and flat delta. A 2.5 km (1.5 miles) trail that features some rough sections leads to Upper Canyon and provides hikers beautiful views of Shuswap Lake. A self-guiding nature trail in the park has 11 interpretative stops and takes hikers from the outlet of Reinecker Creek to Margaret Falls. Biking is allowed on the roadways in the park and all campers must wear a bicycle helmet when riding on the roads.

Off-Season

Waterskiing/Windsurfing

Herald Provincial Park provides waterskiing and windsurfing opportunities for RV campers on Shuswap Lake. All water skiers are required to stay outside the marked swimming area on the lake.

Scuba diving opportunities are also available on Shuswap Lake.

Swimming

A large swimming area on Shuswap Lake buoyed off from motor-boat traffic is available for RV campers to take a dip in Herald Provincial Park. As a result, RV campers are advised to keep to the designated swimming areas. No lifeguards are on duty at the park.

Flora and Fauna

The canyon that leads to Margaret Falls in the park protects a unique ecosystem of flowers, shrubs, and trees that form part of the natural heritage of Herald Provincial Park. Moreover, the park has 70 documented species of birds, in addition to the cougars, bears and other wildlife that are often seen in the park, especially along the hiking trails.

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