Explore Kokanee Glacier Park as Part of Your Ziplining Adventure

April 20, 2017
There are several reasons to stick around this park before, during and after your ziplining adventure.

There are several reasons to stick around this park before, during and after your ziplining adventure.

Kokanee Mountain Zipline serves as a launching point for spectacular scenery. Besides ziplining, there is nearby camping, hiking, mountain biking and fishing. 

One of the places to see in BC, Kokanee Glacier Park, is one of the oldest parks in the province. Established in 1922, it’s situated in a rugged wilderness region of the Selkirk Mountains between Slocan and Kootenay Lakes, and near the communities of Nelson, Balfour, Slocan and Kaslo. The park is easily accessible from Kokanee Mountain Zipline. 

Whether it’s a rugged backcountry adventure up to the Kokanee Glacier, or a day hike or bike ride through the well-marked trails in the park’s old-growth forest, you’ll want to extend your stay as part of your ziplining adventure.


Some of the things to do at Kokanee Glacier Park:

1. Hike to the glaciers

Kokanee Glacier Park actually features two glacial ice flows (Kokanee and Woodbury). The largest of them, Kokanee Glacier, is located 40 kilometres (25 miles) up Glacier Park Road from Hwy 3A (the only driving entrance to the park), and 38 km up the road from Kokanee Mountain Zipline.  

There are plenty of trails offering easy and moderate hiking, including an eight-kilometre hike that starts at Gibson Lake and takes you to the Kokanee Glacier Cabin on Kaslo Lake. 


2. Go backcountry camping or stay overnight in one of the park’s cabins

There are a number of walk-in wilderness camping spots along the trails of Kokanee Glacier Park as well as cabins that can sleep up to 20 people. The Alpine Club of Canada maintains all the Kokanee Glacier, Woodbury and Silver Stray Cabins. Remember that everything you pack in with you must be packed out. 

There are also fees for camping and cabin use, so book ahead with BC Parks Backcountry Registration System for camping or the Alpine Club of Canada for the huts.


3. Pedal though old growth forest 

People unfamiliar with the area may not know that Kokanee Glacier Park is located within an old-growth forest. There are a number of mountain biking trails within the ziplining zone – with a popular trailhead only 2 km away from Kokanee Mountain Zipline.


4. Fish for your dinner

Fishing is a popular pastime in Kokanee Glacier Park. Gibson, Kokanee, Kaslo and Tanal Lakes are all known for being plentiful with large cutthroat and rainbow trout. Anyone fishing or angling in BC must have an appropriate license.

Those coming from points east, including Calgary, can drive through
Kootenay National Park to Radium Hot Springs and through the scenic communities of Kimberley, Cranbrook and Creston to experience some of the best places to visit in BC. Those coming from points west, including Vancouver, can travel through Manning Park and the historic towns of Greenwood, Grand Forks and Nelson.

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With six ziplines and a fully guided nearly 3-hour tour above a majestic old growth forest, Kokanee Mountain Zipline definitely tops the attractions in the Kootenays. Book now for your ziplining and Kokanee Glacier Park adventure.