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Herald Provincial Park
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.

Park Highlights
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.

Travelling Here
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.

Three Campgrounds
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.

Private Campsites
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 summer days.

Facilities
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.

Margaret Falls
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.

Upper Canyon Trail
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 lot.

Tappen
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.

Reservations Recommended
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.

Bear Safety
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.

Park Operator
The maintenance contractor for Herald Provincial Park is P.E.G. Ltd. For information only telephone (250) 955-0861 or e-mail.

Information on Herald Provincial Park

Looking at Canoe
Looking at Canoe

 

Herald Provincial Park Campground
Herald Provincial Park Campground

 

Herald Provincial Park Campground
Herald Provincial Park Campground

 

Gravel Beach Area
Gravel Beach Area

 

Margaret Falls
Margaret Falls

 

Tappen Vineyards
Tappen Vineyards

 

Chasm Towards Margaret Falls
Chasm Towards Margaret Falls

 
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