A true wilderness experience, Cathedral Park comprises an expanse of jagged mountain peaks, fascinating rock formations, azure lakes and flower-dappled alpine meadows that is definitely for the adventurous. Located between the dense, wet forests of the Cascade Mountains and the desert-like Okanagan Valley, this mountainous park offers a rich variety of terrain, flora and fauna. The lakes in the park look like turquoise jewels in a granite setting and each have their own unique charm. Cathedral Park offers hiking, fishing, camping, wilderness camping, and mountaineering. Cathedral Park is southwest of Keremeos and accessible via Hwy 3.
The Park’s Core Area is only accessible by hiking routes from the Ashnola River corridor or, by a private jeep service, operated by Cathedral Lakes Resort. To reserve transportation, phone 1 (888) 255-4453. Hiking in to the Core Area will require at least 1 full day.
The park is a wilderness area without supplies of any kind. Hikers should be in possession of suitable maps. All visitors must be prepared for outdoor living and be aware that freezing temperatures and snow may occur during any month. Tents and sleeping bags must be able to withstand periods of inclement weather. Suitable clothing, including good waterproof/windproof raingear and insulating layers like fleece and down, is a must even if temperatures are warm in the Okanagan Valley. Anyone considering an overnight or longer hike should inform a responsible person or agency of their intentions. This information should include estimated departure and return times.
PARK OPEN & CLOSING DATES:
Cathedral Core Area: Mid June 16 – Sept 25 - weather-permitting
Ashnola FSR: May 20 – Thanksgiving, weather-permitting
FULL SERVICES & FEES IN EFFECT:
Cathedral Core Area: Approx. Mid June – Sept 27 weather-permitting
(subject to change without notice)
Cathedral Core Area: $10.00 per Adult / night (age 16 and older); $5.00 per child / night
Ashnola FSR: No charge as serviced only weekly.
Camping within the Park’s Core area is restricted to designated sites near Lake of the Woods & Quiniscoe Lake. Pyramid Campground currently closed. All sites are first-come, first serve & accessible on foot only. Pack-in / Pack-out Camping Ethics apply. Wire mesh food caches available to protect supplies from rodents. NOTE these are not bear-proof.
Contact Cathedral Lakes Lodge for more information on their facilities. There are no public cabins in the park. The ranger cabin at Quiniscoe Lake is for staff only.
No treated drinking water available. All surface water must be treated, filtered, or boiled prior to consumption.
Campfires permitted within provided fire-rings only. Firewood $10 per bundle – Due to remote location, this park accepts “Cash Only. Campfires prohibited at Lake of the Woods & Pyramid Campgrounds.
Pit Toilets available only. No flush toilets.
DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE PARK.
Back-Country Camping Permits can be pre-purchased through reservation system. This does not reserve you a campsite but allows you to pre-pay and not have to carry cash.
Swimming possible but note lakes are glacier fed & very cold. No Lifeguards on duty.