Located in the Monashee Mountains is Nancy Greene Provincial Park, a roadside park that includes a sub-alpine lake. A short drive from two significant communities, the park is a popular place for tourists to visit and spend the night, while also providing recreation opportunities for both tourists and locals.
There is a lot to do in the park, which was established in 1972 and named for Canadian Olympic skier Nancy Greene. The park is popular for fishing; with power boats not allowed on the lake you can fish from a canoe or from shore and enjoy the park’s solitude while waiting for a bite. An old log cabin at the park can be used as a picnic shelter and the park has over 20 km (12.75 miles) of hiking trails, providing plenty of opportunity to explore on foot. Even when there is snow on the ground, the park offers opportunities for outdoor adventure. And keep your eyes open during your time in the park; grizzly bear sightings are common in spring and early summer!
As you plan your next RV adventure, consider exploring Nancy Greene Provincial Park and enjoy all that it has to offer!
From Kelowna, take Kelowna-Rock Creek Hwy/BC-33 E for 125 km (77.11 miles). Next, continue straight onto Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 E and proceed for 142 km (88.41 miles). Finally, turn right onto BC-3B E and travel for 1.3 km (1,421 yards) to the park.
Parking is available throughout Nancy Greene Provincial Park.
Public transportation is not available to Nancy Greene Provincial Park.
Camping is limited in Nancy Greene Provincial Park. Located in the Monashee Mountains, Nancy Greene Campground offers 10 campsites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sites include picnic tables and parking stalls, as well as a large parking lot for additional vehicles. One of the sites, located just above the beach area, is a walk-in tent site. Ideal for small campers and RV’s, the campground is open from May 15th through September 30th. Keep your eyes open during your stay; grizzly bear sighting commonly occur in spring and early summer.
During your time in Nancy Greene Provincial Park, you may find it to be the perfect opportunity to spend time on the water. It is easy to access the lake with your kayak or canoe from the beach, where visitors can park and unload their boat at the vehicle turn around. From there, it is a short distance to the beach where you can put the vessel in the water. Once out on the water, enjoy the park’s solitude as you paddle along the lake.
An excellent way to explore Nancy Greene Provincial Park is on foot by going for a hike. A hard-packed, 5 km (3.18 miles) loop encircles Nancy Greene Lake and makes for an easy hiking trail. The trail can be accessed from both sides of the beach and works its way along the shoreline. You can take in views of the lake, travel through a marsh area and make your way through a forest of pine, spruce, fir and larch. This easy hike offers a great opportunity to relax as well as explore!
Nancy Greene Lake within the park provides the chance for a myriad of water activities. When the weather is warm, jump in the lake for a quick dip or a lengthy swim. The park has a sandy 100-meter beach where you can easily access the water. Keep in mind that there is no roped off area where you can swim and swimming is at your own risk as there are no lifeguards at provincial parks. Another fun activity at the park is windsurfing, which is dependent on the winds at the lake. Rainbow and cut-throat trout fishing is possible at the lake-make sure you obtain a license before casting a line. No matter the activity you choose, you are in for some fun!
Winter and the snow that the season brings does not mean there is nothing to do at the park. Cross-country skiing, for example, is popular in the area. Within the park is 5km of trail (not groomed) where you can ski and outside of the park are tracked trails across from Red Mountain Ski Area that are maintained by a local cross-country ski club. Explore the park and enjoy its winter beauty, while getting in a good work out!
Looking for a winter-time activity during your visit to Nancy Greene Provincial Park? Why not give ice fishing a try! Ice fishing involves catching fish using lines and fish hooks or spears through an opening in the ice of a frozen body of water. In Nancy Greene Provincial Park, ice-fishing during the winter is allowed. Be sure to check the BC Fishing Regulations Synopsis for quotas and restrictions before you get started.
During your visit to Nancy Greene Provincial Park, a quick trip to nearly Rossland will provide you the opportunity to enjoy some downhill skiing. Known as the first stop on Canada’s Powder Highway, RED Mountain offers 3,850 acres (6.01 square miles) of skiing opportunity. The area receives 7.6 m of snowfall per year and the resort includes 110 runs among three mountains, served by seven lifts. Dress in layers and explore the mountain and beautiful scenery from your skis.