As the temperatures are fluctuating just above and below freezing, ice is beginning to form and is very thin and unpredictable across the region. A number of our Parks and Trails are adjacent to, or near, local waterways. It is critical that the public use extreme caution and stay off local lakes and waterways until we've had a sustained cold snap. Even then, it is important to test ice thickness when entering an ice-covered lake or water body. It is recommended all recreationalists planning to venture out onto the also carry Ice Picks and know the basics of self-rescue.
The Canadian Red Cross recommends ice be a minimum of 5” thick before it is safe to skate on or 7” for groups of people. Ice that is either blue or black is strongest and any ice that is opaque or white may not be as safe to walk on. To learn more or access more ice safety tips, CLICK HERE.
The RDEK will has three wildfire fuel reduction projects happening in the region.
Through a $200,000 Fuel Reduction Grant through Columbia Basin Trust, these projects are being carried out in the Wycliffe, Tie Lake, and Wilmer parks.
The intent of the fuel reduction is to remove ground fuels, ladder fuels and danger trees to reduce the risk of fire spreading to adjacent properties in Wildland Urban Interface areas.
The work will include the use of brush saws, chain saws and tracked chippers. In some instances, wood debris will be piled and burned when appropriate conditions are present.
This Regional Parks Wildfire Fuel Reduction project is made possible with support from Columbia Basin Trust and the Province of BC.
If you would like more information on this project, contact:
Jamie Davies, RDEK Recreation & Control Services Supervisor
The Regional Parks Wildfire Fuel Reduction Project is made possible with support from Columbia Basin Trust and the Province of BC.
We hope you enjoy the natural beauty and activities they provide.
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) parks system dates back to the early 1970's when the RDEK acquired crown land at Wycliffe and Tie Lake for development as public parks.
Others have been added over the years and today we have a number of parks, trails and recreation facilities for the public to enjoy. Amenities include sports fields, disc golf, bocce pits, horseshoe pits, hiking trails, beaches, picnic areas, fire pits, lake accesses, ball diamonds and boat launches. RDEK parks, trails and recreation facilities have something for everyone.
All RDEK parks, trails and recreation facilities are day use only and are open from dawn 'til dusk.
To ensure an enjoyable experience by all visitors and to maintain the natural beauty at all RDEK parks, trails and recreation facilities, please "Pack it in, Pack it out" and remove all of your garbage.
This year, discover the beauty of your regional parks, trails and recreation facilities, Visit them all and enjoy all they have to offer!
Please note there is no overnight camping at any of our facilities except as permitted by the RDEK Environmental Services Manager at Wycliffe and Elk Valley Regional Parks and the Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds.
Last edited: Fri, February 09, 2024 - 11:43:26