Edgewood is located just off Hwy 6, approximately 75 km (47 miles)
south of Nakusp and 135 km (84 miles) east
of Vernon. Edgewood
is situated on the west side of Lower Arrow Lake about 20 km (13
miles) south of the ferry terminal at Needles.
Edgewood is a small, friendly rural community where many of the
people make a living working in the local agriculture and forestry
industries found in the Inonoaklin Valley and the rest of the Lower
Arrow Lakes region. The pace is a little slower with the residents
adapting a real laid-back lifestyle.
To get to Edgewood, you have to drive west of Needles on Hwy 6 for
about 10 km (6 miles). Take the Inonoaklin Valley Road following
Inonoaklin Creek for 10 km (6 miles) south to Edgewood. The road
winds through the beautiful farmland of the Inonoaklin Valley then
picks up the meandering creek into Edgewood.
For local services there are the Edgewood General Store with a gas
station, Edgewood Elementary grade school, Canada Post Office, Branch
203 Royal Canadian Legion, Vantage One Credit Union and the Edgewood
When you do come into Edgewood, make sure you stop at Inonoaklin
Falls. They are close to town at the foot of Inonoaklin Valley Road
east of the Dority Road turnoff into Edgewood. The Inonoaklin Falls
is the site of old Edgewood before the flooding of the Arrow Lakes
by BC Hydro in the 1960's.
If you enjoy angling, Inonoaklin Creek features Rainbow and Eastern
Brook trout. For larger fish, Lower Arrow Lake also has some Gerrard
Rainbow trout which are usually caught in the fall season.
There is a community-run campground at Edgewood situated near the
mouth of the Eagle Creek where it empties into Lower Arrow Lake.
You can find campsites for both tents and RV's. Edgewood Campground
has a sandy beach, an easy-access boat launch and the price of the
campground site is very reasonable.
Music and Family Festival
The Whatshan Music and Family Festival happens annually early in
July. Situated on the shores of Whatshan Lake just north of Needles,
the festival brings together an assortment of musicians together
in celebration of art, music and togetherness. Musicians featured
include bluegrass, country and folk players. The festival is held
at the Whatshan Lake Retreat where a newly constructed stage has
You can find the Whatshan Lake Retreat situated at the south end
of Whatshan Lake. The facility features a number of great recreational
opportunities including a trail to a very nice swimming hole where
the pool is around 13 metres (43 feet) deep and 15 metres (50 feet)
high Whatshan Falls.
The surrounding area around Edgewood both on the on the west and
east sides of Lower Arrow Lake has a great number of Forest Service
Roads. If you enjoy exploring the uninhabited areas obtain a Backroads
Map and do some discovering. A real favourite is the trip south
of Edgewood down Lower Arrow Lake towards the abandoned town of
Renata on dirt bikes or quads.
One wilderness area worth exploring include Granby Provincial Park
where there is the opportunity for backcountry skiing, snowshoeing
and snowmobiling. A backroad into the park starts off Hwy 6 west
of the turnoff to Needles at Valley Creek. The gravel road takes
you into Galloping Mountain and Mount Scaia on the north side of
You can also take the historic Rawhide Trail from Edgewood into
Granby Provincial Park. The trail which starts near Eagle Creek
right in Edgewood goes up to Mount Scaia and eventually onto Lightning
Peak on the north-west side of the park. The Rawhide Trail was originally
used by miners to transport ore from Lightning Peak to Lower Arrow
For other camping near Edgewood there is also the Whatshan Lake
Campground. The facility is open from May through September. Features
include great swimming, boating, fishing, fire pits, flush toilets
and is also close to the public beach. Telephone: (250) 269-7459.