PHOTO CREDIT: JODY CHRISTOPHERSON

Parks & Trails

Parks, trails and outdoor recreation in the District of Elkford, located in the wilderness of the East Kootenay region.

Get Outside And Play!

Our community was designed to encourage everyone to enjoy the great outdoors, and we have many wide open spaces suitable for all ages and abilities, complete with spectacular mountain views.

Parks & Playgrounds

Elkford boasts many parks & playgrounds available for all ages and abilities, complete with spectacular mountain views.

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful spot to play some ball or bring the little ones out to play, Elkford’s parks and playgrounds offer something for everyone.

Playgrounds
    •    Devonian Park: Playground and picnic seating
    •    Pine Needle Park: Playground and picnic seating
    •    Blue Bird Park: Playground and picnic seating
    •    Stellar Jay Park: Playground and picnic seating
    •    Chipmunk Park: Playground and picnic seating
    •    Tree Frog Park: Playground and picnic seating
    •    Preschool Playground: Playground and picnic seating

Ball Diamonds
    •    Haines Senior Ball Diamond
    •    Borys Ball Diamond
    •    Haines Junior Ball Diamond
    •    Roberts Ball Diamond 

Greenspaces

We have places to have a picnic, take a stroll, or to bring the little ones out to play, Elkford’s greenspaces are yours to explore.

Greenbelts & Greenspaces 
    •    Boivin Creek Peace Park: Greenbelt and picnic seating
    •    Mountain Goat Park: Greenbelt
    •    Coalminer’s Park
    •    Cassidy Corner: Greenbelt
    •    Bear Cub Park: Greenbelt and picnic seating
    •    White Tail Crossing: Greenbelt and picnic seating
    •    Cassiar Drive: Greenbelt
    •    Cascade Park: Greenbelt
    •    Caribou Park: Greenbelt and picnic seating
    •    Thunderdome: Greenbelt
    •    Polar Peak Run: Greenbelt
    •    Grizzly Peak: Greenbelt
    •    Alpine Way Rest: Picnic seating
    •    Badger Trail: Greenbelt
    •    Porcupine Park: Picnic seating
    •    Radio Tower Park: Greenbelt
    •    River View Park: Picnic seating

Trails (Non-Motorized & Motorized)

Elkford contains over 30 kilometres of scenic hiking trails. Beloved local trails include Bare Hill Lookout, Hopkin’s Hollow, Cougar Trail, River Trail, Boivin Creek Peace Trail, Canyon Walk Trail, Lost Lake and Lily Lake loops and Josephine Falls. 

More of an adrenaline junkie? Experienced climbers and seasoned backcountry hikers delight in summitting the craggy peaks that surround town—including local favourites, Wapiti Mountain and Grizzly Peak—and hardcore mountain bikers enjoy the sublime single-track that snakes through the Elk Valley’s subalpine terrain.

Elkford is the first British Columbian community that travellers using the Trans Canada Trail visit after crossing into B.C.’s Elk Lakes Provincial Park from Alberta, and the Great Divide Trail also runs through Elkford.

Elkford is fortunate to have local clubs and organizations that passionately devote themselves to our trails and trail networks, both motorized and non-motorized.

For more information, visit:

    •    Hiking and mountain biking trails: Elkford Trail Alliance
    •    ATV/ORV trails: Elkford ATV Club
    •    Snowmobiling trails: Elkford Snowmobile Association

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: SHELLY WOLLMAN

 

 

**Please follow the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics. Before heading into the backcountry, always plan and prepare for hazards, emergencies, wildlife and extreme weather conditions.

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Elk Lakes Provincial Park

A 69-kilometre, 1.5-hour drive north of Elkford, accessible only by logging roads, Elk Lakes Provincial Park showcases mirror-like lakes, cascading waterfalls and remnant glaciers encased within 17,000 hectares of breathtaking wilderness. 

Established in 1973, Elk Lakes is prized by those who want to explore, swim, camp, hike, canoe, horseback ride and fish in pristine alpine backcountry. Be prepared to encounter a wide variety of wildlife. The Park is home to moose, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, grizzly and black bears. There are several campsites and a rustic cabin, which may be reserved by contacting the Alpine Club of Canada.

Elkford is the first British Columbian community that travellers using the Trans Canada Trail visit after crossing into B.C.’s Elk Lakes Provincial Park from Alberta, and the Great Divide Trail also runs through Elkford.

No supplies, cell service, electricity or drinking water are available in Elk Lakes Provincial Park. Visitors are encouraged to practise the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics. Additionally, be prepared for all manner of weather and emergencies: bring drinking water, extra food, waterproof gear, warm clothing and strong-soled shoes, bear spray, maps and a radio when venturing into the backcountry. 

Weather conditions are known to change quickly in this region, with severe lightning storms, complete with hail and snow, being common in the summer months.
 

Other Places to Explore

 

Sulphur Springs

Located 5 kilometres south of Elkford are secluded, undeveloped natural sulphur springs. 

Many years ago, the spring was regionally renowned for its purported healing properties. A primitive diving board and picnic site are located at the site; and a seven-foot trough, dug out of a spruce log, acts as a makeshift tub for brave enough for an authentic wilderness experience.

Wapiti Ski Hill

Enjoy some fresh powder at any time of day, with a lit hill perfect for nighttime skiing and snowboarding. Wapiti Ski Club is a volunteer-operated facility, located right in Elkford. Wapiti Ski Hill offers an array of complete runs, with 1000 vertical feet of elevation gain and enough variety to keep the whole family entertained! Skip the lineups and spend more time carving up the slopes!

Visit wapitiskiclub.com for more information about the ski hill, events, rates and passes.

Mountain Meadows Golf Course

At Mountain Meadows Golf Course, golfers of all ages and abilities can enjoy a round of golf with incredible scenery. The nine-hole layout was built on a natural elk grazing meadow in 1976. Each hole has two sets of tees, so the back nine plays much differently than the front nine. The course winds through towering spruce trees and along a bubbling brook, where water comes in to play, and offers spectacular mountain views all the way through.

Visit mountainmeadowsgolf.com for more information.

Deerborne Disc Golf Course

Deerborne Disc Golf Course was established in 2014 and has 18 baskets, with nine holes between Deerborne Drive and Alpine Drive, as well as another nine holes between Alpine Drive and Cassiar Drive.

The parking lot for the disc golf course is located between Deerborne Drive and David Crescent.

For more information, visit the Deerborne Disc Golf Course Facebook Group.