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Hiking Premier Lake Provincial Park with Video

Premier Lake Provincial Park is nestled against the west slopes of the Rocky Mountains, in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia.

Premier Lake’s main hiking trail is an easy (but long) 7.5km loop between Yankee, Canuck and Turtle lakes. This is a picturesque hike along the base of the Rockies that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The lakes are usually amazingly clear and offer many places to view wildlife. Yankee and Canuck lakes provide great fishing opportunities for those who pack a fishing rod. Personally, I would recommend fly fishing in these two lakes. Turtle Lake, as the name suggests, has a large population of Western Painted Turtles. During late spring you can find the nearby crawling the female turtles looking for place to lay their eggs.

For those looking for a more challenging and longer hike, hikers can fork at the beginning of Yankee Lake onto Saddle Back Trail which greatly gains elevation, as it climbs to the Peak of Travois Mountain.
Besides Hiking, Premier Lake Provincial Park offers a variety of other activities including full facility camping, boating with boat launch, fishing, and swimming. There is also a fish ladder and fish collection station which provides eggs for the Kootenay Fish Hatchery. Signs along the creek interpret the life cycle of the rainbow trout.

Click Here for the: Premier Lake Provincial Park Trail Map

Click Here for: More information at the BC Park website.

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