If you’re planning on camping in the Shuswap, and are looking for a well kept, family-friendly campground that has a ton to offer, check out our review of Herald Provincial Park!
This park boasts a 119 site campground, right on the western shore of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake… making it a great spot to use as a base camp for taking in everything the area has to offer. Swimming, fishing and bird-watching are popular activities, as is biking along the smooth, paved roadways throughout the park or tossing a frisbee around on one of the many, large, well kept grassy spaces. Directly across the highway from Herald is a short but breathtaking trail to a spectacular waterfall, Margaret Falls.
We’ve visited Herald Park twice this year, once in early June, and most recently, in early September. Both times we visited we’ve set up in our tent (each time in a different area of the campground), and we’ve had little to nothing to complain about.
Very pleasant staff greet you as you enter the park and confirm your reservation, and direct you towards your site. Prior to your arrival, your site is raked to clear away any large stones, and your table is cleaned of any fallen pine needles or debris. Even if your site is close to your neighbor, most sites have large, old growth trees surrounding them (along with various brush), so you do receive some additional privacy from these.
Most sites are only a quick minute walk from a water spout/garbage bin and outhouses, and some of what appear to be “outhouses” actually have flushing toilets in them. Even better, right smack in the middle of the Reinecker campground (reservable May 1st to September 14th), is a stand alone building that houses sinks, flushing toilets, and private showers (that have hot water!).
The campground is quiet, well maintained, is close to LOTS of great hiking trails (check out the Upper Canyon trail that starts from the day use area), has great amenities, and a recently installed tower above the canyon provides the area with a decent cell phone signal. Honestly, I think our only complaint about the campground is that the ground is very hard and has a lot of rocks which cost us a tent peg or two.
From Salmon Arm, head West along Trans Canada Highway until you reach Tappen, then turn right towards Sunnybrae. The road from there is narrow and winding, but provides a picturesque view until you reach the campground (14km from the Hwy and approximately 30 minutes from Salmon Arm).
Herald is a hugely popular destination, so reservations are absolutely recommended for this park.
Have you visited Herald Provincial Park in the past? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below!
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