Norbury Lake Provincial Park

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Norbury Lake Provincial Park (also known as Norbury Lake Park) is a 97-hectare (240-acre) provincial park in British Columbia, Canada.

Geography[edit]

Norbury Lake Park covers an area of 97 hectares (240 acres)[1] and is located in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, approximately 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) south of Fort Steele.[2] It is situated in the Rocky Mountain Trench, with views of the Hughes Range,[3] including The Steeples to the immediate east.

The park includes two lakes: Peckham's Lake in the centre of the park, and Norbury Lake, whose northern-most section falls within the park boundary.[2] Both lakes were formerly known as Norbury Lake, in honour of F. Paget Norbury, a local resident who was a magistrate in Fort Steele in the late nineteenth century.[1][4] Peckham's Lake gained its name when Norbury sold the adjoining land to the Peckham family.[1]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Trees in the park include lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, trembling aspen and western larch, with shrubs such as chokeberry, thimbleberry, willow.[1]

Fauna in the park includes elk, bighorn sheep, deer and various squirrel species, including the Columbian ground squirrel. Peckham's Lake is known for its stock of rainbow trout.[1]

Facilities[edit]

There is a campsite in the southern part of the park, which is open throughout the year,[1][2] with 46 camping spots.[5]

Norbury Lake Park is used for many recreational activities, including cycling, fishing, hiking and swimming. There is a boat launch on Peckham's Lake for non-motorised craft, such as canoes.[1][3] Trails are marked through the park for hikers. There is also a picnic area.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Norbury Lake Provincial Park". BCParks. Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Norbury Lake map". BCParks. Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b Christie, Jack (1998). Inside Out British Columbia: A Best Places Guide to the Outdoors. Sasquatch Books. p. 530. ISBN 978-1-57061-133-9.
  4. ^ Akrigg, G. P. V.; Akrigg, Helen B. (1997). British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-7748-0637-4.
  5. ^ Woodall's Tenting Directory, 2005. Woodall's Publications Corporation. 2005. p. 424. ISBN 978-0-7627-3561-7.

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Coordinates: 49°32′20″N 115°29′09″W / 49.53889°N 115.48583°W / 49.53889; -115.48583