Regional Planning
HomeNewsSearchReports & PublicationsContacts
West Kootenay /Boundary Protected Areas Strategy  
 
 
PAS Goal 2: THE "B" LIST

CANDIDATE AREAS SELECTED FOR FURTHER EVALUATION
as Protected Areas for
Special Natural, Recreational and Cultural Features
 
With 2 exceptions, no private property has been included as a Goal 2 Special Feature candidate
unless a history of discussion has been established between the land owner and the Provincial government.
In these cases, expressions of interest for park acq
 
 
 
Name of Area Ref # Ha Status FOI, ERP, Pri Feature Category & Significance Rating
4=National Significance
3=Provincial Significance
2=Regional Significance
1=Local Significance
Evaluation Criteria & Rating
  Threat

(VH - VL)
Priority Comments
        Natural           Recreation         Cultural Heritage         Rarity Quality Viability Vulnerability Public Use & Appreciation      
        Rare Element Biologically Exceptional Physically Exceptional Fossil Remnant Aggregate Value Rare, Scarce or Unique Variety of Features Feature in Demand Use & Appreciation Aggregate Value Cultural Landscape Structure Traditional Use Site Archaeological Site Aggregate Value VH=Only site in BC
H=One of a few in BC
M=One of a few in the K-B Region
L=common throughout the region
VH=The best in BC
H=One of the best in BC
M=One of the best in the K-B Region
L=One of many here
VH=Likely to last forever
H=Likely to last a very long time
M=May last for a long time
L=Not likely to last.
VH=Very easily damaged by human use
H=Easily damaged by human use
M=Moderately sensitive to damage
L=Not easily damaged
H=Use or Appreciation level is high. M=Use or Appreciation level is moderate. L=Use or Appreciation level is low. How immediate is the threat that increases the urgency for protection action? H=Priority 1

M=Priority 2

L=Priority 3
 
CANDIDATES:                                                      
Blue Ridge 1 341 FOI           1         1 X     X 3 H H M VH L M H Only argillite quarry in the Kootenay region. Site needs to be specifically located and size will be about 200 hectares.
                                                      Provincially significant cultural heritage feature.
Boothman's Oxbow 2 209 FOI         X 2       X 2         1 L M M H L H H Remnant of riparian habitat lost to agricultural development. Cottonwood old growth.
                                                      Regionally significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature. Provincially significant cultural heritage feature.
Boundary Falls 3 49 FOI     X   X 2       X 2   X     2 L L H M M L L PP & IDF; canyon; waterfalls; pre & post contact trade routes including Dewdney Trail; early mining history and site of old powerplant for Greenwood smelters.
                                                      Regionally significant natural landform, cultural and recreation feature.
Bremner Delta Old Growth 4 421 FOI   X       3       X 2         1 M H H M L L L Significant stand of cedar and hemlock old growth in riparian habitat. Site includes a Forest Recreation site and the riparian habitat associated with Bremner and Wilson Creeks.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Brilliant Bridge 5 3 PRI           1       X 2   X     2 VH VH M M M VL L High value Doukhabour cultural feature on private land currently managed by the community.
                                                      Regionally significant recreation feature. Regionally significant cultural heritage feature.
Bulldog Tunnel Switchback 6 200 FOI           1       X 3   X     2 H H H M M M M Ten switchbacks used to gain elevation over Bulldog Mtn while Columbia and Western RR tunnel was under construction. Site is adjacent to the Goal 2 candidate along the Castlegar-Christina Lake abandoned CPR rail corridor.
                                                      Provincially significant recreation feature. Regionally significant cultural feature.
Cascade Canyon 7 19 FOI     X     2       X 2   X     3 M M VH L L L M Good example of an early power plant in BC. Deeply incised canyon adjacent to Kettle Valley Rail line. IDFdm1.
                                                      Regionally significant landform feature. Regionally significant recreation feature. Provincially significant cultural feature.
Cody Caves Expansion 8 26 FOI X   X     3 X     X 3         1 H VH H VH L H H Significant finding of underground cave connection to existing Cody Caves P.A. Within an active forest management site. New finds are being investigated by the caving community.
                                                      Provincially significant landform and recreation features.
Dewdney Trail 9 89 FOI           1     X   3   X     3 H M L M L M H Designated heritage trail managed by BCFS. Select areas have been located and mapped for protection. Has ties with the Trans-Canada Trail millennium project.
                                                      Regionally significant recreation feature. Provincially significant cultural heritage feature.
CPR Grade / Christina Lake to Castlegar 10 172 PRI           1   X X X 4   X     3 H H H L L H H Integral part of significant rail trail network that connects to Kettle Valley rail trail in Boundary district. Has ties with the Trans-Canada Trail millennium project.
                                                      Nationally significant recreation feature. Provincially significant cultural feature.
Downie Creek Slide 11 704 FOI     X     3       X 2         1 H H VH M L VL M This slide feature is an example of major slope failure, although not as cataclysmic as the Hope & Frank slides. Tufa deposits found near slide are not considered to be significant.
                                                      Provincially significant landform feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Doukhabour Historical Park 12 13 RDCK           1       X 2   X     2 VH VH H L H VL L Buildings on Fairground managed by community group for public presentation. RDCK has suggested that the site could be managed like Fort Steele in the East Kootenay.
                                                      Regionally significant recreation and cultural heritage feature.
Duncan Lake (Howser)
Beach
13 14 FOI     X     2       X 2         1 L M M L H L L Currently a Forest Service Recreation site on Duncan Lake. (Howser Beach) A popular swimming beach and camping area.
                                                      Regionally significant landform feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Elmo & Devil's Hole Lakes 14 990 PRI     X     2       X 2   X     1 M M H M L M M Large tarns, intact ecosystem, scenic. Private property of Darkwoods Forest Products, although located in inoperable terrain. Connection with historic Bayonne Pack Trail.
                                                      Regionally significant landform feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Fox Tree Hill 15 84 FOI X       X 2     X X 2         1 M M H H H M M Significant local support for this accessible site in a natural state. Remnant valley-bottom natural features within a heavily agriculturalized location.
                                                    Regionally significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Gilpin 16 931 FOI X X     X 3       X 2 X       1 H M H H L H H PPdh1; riparian zone, red & blue listed species, pre & post contact trade route. This site is the largest Crown-owned G2 candidate to capture the special grasslands feature.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature. Locally signficant cultural feature.
Gilpin, S. of Kettle River 17 236 FOI         X 2       X 1         1 L H H M L H M Enhancement to above proposal area that protects all of the low-elevation IDFdml habitat in the South Okanagan Highlands ecosection, although other G2 candidates also display this biological feature.
                                                      Regionally significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Gimli Ridge 18 635 FOI     X     3 X     X 3         1 M M H L H L M Significant climbing site on south boundary of Valhalla Park. Managed as a Forest Recreation site with trail access and camping.
                                                      Regionally significant landform feature. Provincially significant recreation feature.
Goldstream River 19 173 FOI X         3       X 2         1 M M M H L M M Goldstream wetlands with old growth western red cedar; northern long eared bat habitat (blue listed species). Good canoeing and resource appreciation opportunities.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Grassy Mountain 20 695 FOI   X       2       X 2         1 M L M M M M L Dry Interior cedar hemlock engelmann spruce fir. Recreation value for hiking, snowplay with good access from Hwy.
                                                      Three (3) regionally significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Halfway River Hotsprings 21 55 FOI X X X     3 X     X 3         1 H M H H M M H Natural hot springs; unusual vegetation (poison ivy); many hot spring seeps in the area.
                                                      Provincially significant hydrological feature. Provincially significant recreation feature.
Howser Spire 22 362 FOI     X     4       X 4         1 VH H VH L L L M Significant climbing site on west boundary of Bugaboo Park. Prominent landscape feature with global association.
                                                      Provincially significant landform feature. Provincially significant recreation feature. Regionally significant cultural feature.
Hutchison- Sunshine Creeks 23 808 FOI     X     2   X X X 2     X X 2 M M H H H M M The original submission (as Goal 1 and Goal 2) has been reduced to capture significant features that are not protected locally. These features are associated with landform (beaches) and traditional use (First Nation).
                                                    Regionally significant landform feature.
Idaho Peak 24 174 FOI   X       2 X     X 3   X     1 M H H VH H L H Vehicle-accessed sub-alpine displays of wildflower vegetation. Widely recognized Forest Recreation Site with trails and a spectacular lookout over the Valhalla Range and Slocan Lake.
                                                      Regionally significant biological feature. Provincially significant recreation feature. Locally significant cultural feature.
Ingram 25 504 FOI X X     X 3         1 X       2 H M M H M M M Valuable grassland/ponderosa pine area with high natural value. Appropriate as a small-sized feature with appreciation opportunities from Hwy. 3. Could increase size of feature if combined with Midway proposal.
                                                      Provincially significant biological remnant feature.
Jock/Cory Creek 26 251 ERP X X       3       X 1         1 VH VH H VH L H H These drainages in the Creston Valley are 2 of only 4 BC habitats of the red-listed Couer d' Alene salamander.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature.
Johnstone Creek Park Expansion 27 131 FOI         X 3       X 2 X       2 H M M H M M H Grassland vegetation feature situated adjacent to a small roadside provincial campsite. Presents opportunity to protect the feature and provide public use and appreciation that exceeds potential at Ingram Crk.
                                                    Provincially significant biological remnant feature.
Jumbo Pass 28 567 FOI     X     3 X X   X 3     X   2 M H VH H H H M Outstanding scenic alpine pass offering recreational trail, hiking and appreciation opportunities. Will take on greater importance if the Jumbo ski area development is approved.
                                                      Provincially significant landform feature. Provincially significant recreation feature. Regionally significant cultural feature.
Kettle River Recreation Area 29 145 RA   X     X 3     X X 3   X     3 H M H M VH H H Candidate upgrades the classification of this park from Recreation Area to Class A and captures abandoned Kettle Valley railroad right-of-way with bridge over Kettle River.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Provincially significant recreation feature. Provincially significant cultural feature.
Kid Creek Cedars 30 43 FOI   X       3       X 2         1 M H H M L M H 1000+ year old western red cedar trees in a road-accessible riparian habitat.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Kokanee Creek Eco Res. 31 218 ERP   X     X 3       X 2         1 H M H M L M H Ponderosa pine stand not normally found in this biogeoclimatic zone. Presents good interpretation opportunities from Kokanee Crk. Park. Candidate has previously received approval from all agencies.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Kootenay Lake Shoreline System: 32   FOI/
PRI
    X     3 X X X X 3     X X 2 H M H L H L-H H Several lakeshore sites along the south, west and north arms of Kootenay Lake create a boat-access system that is unique in the Kootenays.
                                                    Provincially significant natural feature. Provincially significant recreation feature. Regionally significant cultural feature.
Atbara (Marquis) Property 32a 42 PRI                 X           X   H H H M M H M Private land located on south shore of Kootenay Lake /West Arm. Part of Kootenay Lake Shoreline Site System.
Fry Creek Delta 32b 126 PRI             X   X X         X   H H H M L M M Access & shoreline site to supplement Fry creek area of Purcell P.A.
Lasca Creek Delta 32c 4 PRI   X         X   X X         X   H M H M L M H Similar recreation values as Atbara site, with higher natural values since Kokanee spawning occurs within lower Lasca Creek.
Tye Creek 32d 42 FOI                 X       X   X   M M H L M L M Small shoreline site with private road or water access only. Currently site of a Forest Recreation development with camping and beach activities.
Pebble Beach 32e 11 FOI                 X           X   M M H L M L M Lakeside beach with BCFS campsites.
Harlequin Island 32f 1 FOI             X   X X         X   H H H M M M H Small undeveloped island in west arm of Kootenay Lake. Used by boaters and beach goers.
Irvine Creek 32g 59 FOI                 X           X   M M H L L L L Shoreline recreation site situated on the west side of the south arm near junction with west arm of Kootenay Lake. Used by boaters.
Wilson Creek 32h 5 FOI                 X           X   M M H L L L L Shoreline recreation site situated on the west side of the south arm near junction with west arm of Kootenay Lake. Used by boaters.
Troup Junction 32i 4 FOI                 X           X   M M H L M L M Small shoreline site with private road or water access only.
Kootenay Lake North End 33 205 FOI X         3       X 1         1 M H M H L L M Area is habitat for white sturgeon and is situated adjacent to a terrestrial wildlife management site. Columbia River candidate at Waneta may be a better feature for protection of white sturgeon habitat.
                                                    Provincially significant biological feature.
Lardeau River 34 872 FOI   X       2       X 2     X   1 VH H H VH L L M Gerrard trout spawning area adjacent to Goat Range protected area. Most of the unprotected portion of river lies adjacent to private lands that limit public access /egress.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature. Locally significant cultural feature.
Midway Grasslands (includes Murray Gultch) 35 870 FOI X X     X 3   X     1         1 H M H H L H H A low-impacted grassland site with high natural values including a dry gulch feature. Area of significant size for conservation of PPdh1; IDF feature. Needs to be carefully compared with Ingram (public viewing opportunities from Hwy 3) and Johnstone Creek
                                                      Provincially signficant biological feature.
Molly Creek Cedars 36
10
ERP X X     X 3       X 2         1 M M H H L H H Remnant, large, old growth western red cedar not found in this vicinity. Unique to the region in its display of the edaphic climax ecosystem.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Renata Natural Arch 37 134 FOI     X     3 X       3         2 H H VH L L L H Large natural bedrock arch near Renata on lower Arrow Lake. Accessible by boat & trail.
                                                    Provincially significant landform feature. Provincially significant recreation feature.
Rendell Creek 38 323 FOI X X       3 X       2         1 M M H H L H H Pristine old growth stand (ICHmk1) with douglas fir, white pine, western red cedar, > 50 m. high, > 300 yrs old; considered one of the best old growth stands in Boundary Forest District.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature for endemic species. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Sandon 39 103 PRI           1     X X 2   X     2 H M L M VH M M Historic 1880's mining town, also used as a World War II internment camp. Popular tourist site with decaying buildings and mining artifacts. Road head for Idaho Lookout. Significant private ownership for commercial tourism.
                                                      Regionally significant recreation feature. Regionally significant cultural heritage feature.
Sandon-Nakusp Railway 40 127 PRI           1 X   X X 2   X     1 H M H L L M M Abandoned rail right-of-way provides a winter & summer trail corridor.
                                                      Regionally significant recreation feature.
Slocan Valley Rail Line 41 90 PRI           1     X   2 X       1 H M H L L M M Abandoned rail right-of-way provides a winter & summer trail corridor.
                                                      Regionally significant recreation feature.
Stagleap Park Expansion 42 870 FOI   X       3   X X   2         1 H H M VH L M L Recreation & mountain caribou habitat values. Interagency support for cooperative management.
                                                    Provincially significant biological feature for critical caribou population. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Summit Lake 43 225 FOI         X 2     X   2 X       2 M M H M H L M Expanded area along lake would capture more foreshore and lakeshore area for recreation use. Good opportunity to combine with railway corridor (Nakusp-Rosebery) to form one recreational unit with lake, shore and corridor recreation value.
                                                      Regionally significant hydrological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature. Regionally signficiant cultural feature.
Tenise Creek 44 449 FOI X X       3       X 2         1 M L H H L M M Old Growth forest remnant adjacent active logging area. Original candidate rejected as a Goal 1 area.
                                                    Regionally signficant biological remnant feature.
Traverse Creek/Granby River Corridor 45 112 FOI   X X     3       X 2     X   2 H M H M M M M Unique habitat of speckled dace (fish) found only in the Kettle River system although protected at other locations. Unique Western Screech-Owl habitat. Diverse vegetation, a scenic canyon & recreation trail. Most features would be captured in a ribbon ru
                                                    100 m. each side of the Granby River from Traverse Creek Recreation site to Granby Provincial Park.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature. Regionally significant cultural heritage feature.
Trout Lake /Northwest 46 46 FOI         X 2   X X   2   X     1 M M H H M L M High value day and over-night recreation site on outstanding valley-bottom lake surrounded by scenic mountains. Site contains old-growth riparian cottonwood and old mining relics including a barge loading platform.
                                                      Regionally significant biological feature. Regionally significant recreation feature.
Twin Bays Creek 47 248 ERP   X       3       X 2         1 H H M H L M M Ponderosa pine in the ICH; Coeur d'Alene salamander habitat. This is an alternate candidate to Jock/Cory. Would have greater value if private shoreline properties could be acquired.
Waldie Lake 48 740 FOI   X X     2   X     2         1 M M H M M L M Large tarns, intact ecosysytem, scenic. Good alternative to Elmo/Devil's Lake proposal which is situated on private land. Existing Forest Recreation site with road and trail access.                                        
                                                      Regionally significant natural and recreation feature.                                        
Waneta 49 123 FOI X         3       X 2         1 H H M M L M H Highest concentration of white sturgeon on the Columbia River. Good habitat viewing opportunities.
                                                      Provincially significant biological feature. Regionally signficant recreation feature.
Whatshan Lake 50 715 FOI/PRI     X     2     X   2     X   1 M M H M M M H Warm water lake with sandy beaches and good highway access. This candidate would protect lake, shoreline and upland features associated with the need for more lake-based recreation opportunities along travel corridors.
                                                      Regionally significant landform/hydrological feature.
Wragge Beach 51 33 UREP X   X     2     X   3     X X 2 M M H M H L H Only south facing beach on Slocan Lake, gentle, extensive, sandy beach, good camping, forest road access. The existing Forest Recreation site provides a staging area for Valhalla Park.
                                                      Regionally significant landform feature. Provincially significantrecreation feature. Regionally significant cultural feature. (does not include shoreline connection to Valhalla Park).
 
 
 

Top Copyright Disclaimer Privacy Statement Feedback

Government of British Columbia Ministry Home