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Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)

Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)

It only takes an hour to drive from downtown Nelson to the alpine gem that is Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.

The park is large, comprising 32,035ha/79,160ac of mountain peaks, glaciers, creeks and lakes. Forests cover the lower slopes, while alpine flowers bring a profusion of colour to the meadows at higher elevations.

Hiking in Kokanee Glacier

Hiking and wildlife viewing start right at the park boundary of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The most accessible hike is a short and easy boardwalk trail that circumnavigates Gibson Lake. This 30- to 40-minute hike, which is suitable for the whole family, can be combined with a picnic at the Gibson Lake hut.

For a more vigorous hike, follow the trail to Kokanee Lake (4km/2.5mi). Watch for marmots and picas on the rocks on the west side of the lake. A further 3km/2mi will bring you to the Kokanee Glacier Cabin near Kaslo Lake.

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