Moyie is located about 30 km (18.6 miles) south-west of Cranbrook
and approximately 30 km (18.6 miles) north of Yahk
on Hwy 3/95, "The Crowsnest" route.
Situated on the south-east side of beautiful Moyie Lake, Moyie is
a small community that enjoys a relaxed small-town atmosphere but
is close enough to Cranbrook for big city amenities.
Lake Provincial Park
Moyie, because of Moyie Lake, is very popular in the summertime
with lots of travelers making a point of resting and relaxing at
the very popular Moyie Lake Provincial Park located on the north
end of the lake. Moyie Lake is approximately 10 km (6 miles) long
and is very unique in its a "kettle pond" lake, caused
by a great depression in the landscape from the retreating glacier
and a leftover piece of ice.
Moyie is very rich in mining history with the discovery of a large
deposit of galena and the establishment of St. Eugene Mine in the
late 1800's. The town prospered and was the largest in the region
until the mine shut down in 1911.
the Ghost Town
Today you can take a walking tour of Moyie the ghost town with views
including tailings from the old mine, crumbling concrete foundations,
the old St. Peter's Church, cemetery and the fire hall built in
If you enjoy fishing there is kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout,
cutthroat and ling cod present, with a local fishing derby put on
by the Kokanee Cove Pub every year. Also if you're here in the winter
the ice fishing is excellent with good catches reported consistently.
There is a boat launch located at Moyie Lake Provincial Park if
you require one.
The countryside around Moyie has lots for you to discover. There
are numerous logging and mining roads that can take you in all directions
towards some very large mountains. The opportunities to use quads,
motorcycles or a mountain bike are never ending.
Whether it is winter or summer, all you need is a good pair of walking
shoes or snowshoes and the backcountry is yours. Rockhounds will
find the area very appealing with the odd discovery of beautiful
crystal formations such as the one found at The Society Girl Mine.
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside
around Moyie, 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.