Located at the summit of Kootenay pass and one the highest year-round highway passes in BC, Stagleap Provnicial Park provides immediate access to the surrounding Selkirk Mountains . Enjoy the subalpine forest from the luxury of your car or go for a short walk around Bridal Lake. Hiking in the high alpine areas via Ripple Ridge Trail and Cornice Ridge Trail is also popular in the summer months.
Stagleap Provincial Park is also one of the most accessible backcountry skiing destinations in the region and has consistently excellent snow conditions that have made it a major backcountry ski and snowshoe destination. The terrain can be very hazardous in winter (extreme avalanche dangers) and off-trail use is discouraged. Only those with proper equipment and training should venture into backcountry areas.
The park has a key role in protecting habitat for internationally endangered mountain caribou. A remnant herd of approximately 40 individuals migrate back and forth across the international border and is heavily dependent on the park to facilitate this movement. In addition, the park provides important habitat for the vulnerable Southern Selkirk population of grizzly bear.
*** Due to the ecologically sensitivity of the Mountain Caribou habitat, dogs are prohibited in the park through the winter. During the summer visitors should also consider keeping pets on a leash.
Season: Year-round, hiking, back-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing