Herald Provincial Park is located 12 km (7.5 miles) east of Tappen
on the Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road directly across Shuswap Lake from
the small community of Canoe.
Herald Provincial Park has a number of attractions with the main
ones being Shuswap Lake and Margaret Falls. The beaches at the park
are also quite big, very kid-friendly and have areas for complete
privacy. The Shuswap is a large lake and is very clean for excellent
swimming, fishing and boating.
In order to get to Herald Provincial Park, travel west of Salmon
Arm on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 to Tappen about 10 km (6 miles)
away. Or, if you are coming from the Lower Mainland, all the way
to Tappen which is east of Kamloops
by 98 km (61 miles) on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.
There are three separate campgrounds at Herald Provincial Park -
Bastion Mountain, Reinecker and Homestead. Bastion Mountain is across
from the Info Shelter and near the park host with 15 vehicle-accessible
sites; Reinecker with 36 vehicle-accessible sites is next and then,
across Reinecker Creek, Homestead with 68 vehicle-accessible sites.
The campsites at Herald Provincial Park are very private. Some situated
in Reinecker or Homestead back onto Reinecker Creek making them
very unique and close to a trail leading to Margaret Falls. The
park has a number of trees creating lots of shade during the hot
This park has a number of facilities including a sani-station, cold-water
taps, telephones, two hot shower buildings, a picnic area and a
boat launch. There is a large beach area with tables that has more
of a gravel beach than sand and two trails - the one to Margaret
Falls which has a number of interpretive stops, and the Upper Canyon
trail that starts near the picnic area parking lot.
There is a great little walk no more than 15-minutes up Reinecker
Creek through a rock chasm to Margaret Falls. Once you're at Margaret
Falls, the water from Reinecker Creek cascades down a sheer rock
face creating a natural shower. Although there is a warning sign
against it, numerous people swim in a small pool and enjoy a cave
directly hidden inside Margaret Falls.
For those of you who would like a bit of a challenging workout,
try the Upper Canyon Trail. The 2.5 km (1.6 miles) one-way trail
takes you high above the campground using switchbacks to a beautiful
south-east viewpoint overlooking the Salmon Arm section of Shuswap
Lake. The trail then follows Reinecker Creek high above Margaret
Falls to a bridge where you cross and return to the trail parking
Places near Herald Provincial Park worth exploring in nearby Tappen
include, wine tasting and sampling at the two vineyards - Recline
Ridge Vineyards and Winery and Granite Creek Estate Wines, visiting
the Trickle Inn for fine dining and refreshments or going to the
Gold Panner Restaurant at the Tappen Esso Service Station on the
Trans-Canada Hwy 1 and fishing at Skimikin Lake Recreation Site.
Herald Park is a haven for people enjoying all the outdoor recreation
from May through September. Reservations are recommended if you
are camping during mid-summer and especially on long weekends.
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Shuswap
Lake, please remember this is Bear Country. Try to avoid the rivers
during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with
bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities
of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.
The maintenance contractor for Herald Provincial Park is P.E.G.
Ltd. For information only telephone (250) 955-0861 or e-mail.
on Herald Provincial Park