Norbury Lake Provincial Park
Norbury is a small, but very scenic park located on the Wardner Fort Steel Road, on a beautiful section of Garbutts Lake. Across the highway is the Peckhams Day Use (also called Norbury Lake Day Use) which has many picnic tables spread out across the lake and a designated Dog Beach area. The Peckhams day use is unique in that it has tree coverage between the picnic tables creating several semi-private picnic areas. There is also a non-motorized boat launch and a small dock. Children often find this day use area amusing because of the many small minnows that are easily seen populating the day use area.
Norbury Lake Provincial Park is entirely first-come-first-serve, and does not offer reservations for camping. To occupy a campsite, it must be paid for with a living unit on site (tent/trailer/rv).
Vehicle Accessible Campsites: Norbury provides 46 first-come-first-serve campsites. These campsites are good for tents, RVs or trailers.
Long Term Camping: Sites 12 to 21 are designated as “long-stay” sites. A minimum of 4 consecutive weeks must be booked and paid for. The long stay program is available from May 1 to September 30, and are sold on a first come first serve basis from within the park.
Toilets: This Park has several outhouses. There are no flush toilets.
Picnic Area: Norbury has a picnic area as part of the day use. There are a few picnic tables near the non- motorized boat launch and dock area, and then multiple picnic tables along the lake adjacent to the lake. There is a designated dog area at the North end of Peckhams lake, and we ask all pet owners to clean up after their dogs to ensure a good experience for all park users.
Drinking Water: A water tap and hand-pump are available providing potable drinking water. Water quality is tested every two weeks.
Campfires: Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit. Firewood can be purchased on site from the Park Operator.
Things to Do
Photo Courtesy of Michael Gillen
Hiking: Hiking trails are located at the far end of the campground accessing the Garbutts Lake shore line and also across the highway leading to the Peckhams Lake Day Use. This trail is a 20 minute, easy, meander through the forest and can be hiked or biked.
Biking: Norbury is an un-paved loop (be cautious of vehicles) and the trails offer easy access for bicycles. Helmets are mandatory in BC!
Boating: The lakes at Norbury are for non-motorized boats.
Fishing: Peckhams lake is often stocked with trout by the nearby Kootenay Trout Hatchery. Occasionally there are Learn to Fish Programs held at this park.
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Gunn
Key Rules to Know Before You Go
Camping Party Size: A camping party is 1-4 persons 16 years of age or older. Maximum party size is 8 persons (when including children under the age of 16). A camping party can have one vehicle and trailer, either one (but not both) may be an RV.
Extra Vehicles: A camping party may have a second vehicle (non-RV) on site for an additional nightly charge of half its camping fee. A towed vehicle and/or boat are not considered a second vehicle.
Check In/Check Out: Check in time is 1:00pm on scheduled date of arrival. Check out time is 11:00am. Late check outs may be permitted with prior approval from the Park Operator.
Pets: Pets are permitted on leash within the camping area. They are not permitted in the day use or picnic areas. Waste must be cleaned up and properly disposed of. Noise must be controlled.
Equipment: All tents, RVs, vehicles and equipment must remain on the gravel portion of the campsite to protect the ecological values of the park and preserve it for future users.
Quiet Time and Generators: Quiet time hours are 10:00pm-7:00am. Excessive noise is not permitted to enhance the enjoyment of all guests. Generator hours are 9am-11am and 6:00pm-8:00pm.
For more information on park rules and regulations, you may check out the BC Parks Website here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/campingEthics.html
Campground Opening and Closing Dates
All campground opening, closing and charging dates are dependent on many factors (weather, water systems, etc.), as such they are approximate and may change without notice.
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Gunn
Things to do in the Area
Fort Steele Heritage Town: Hands down one of the coolest attractions in the East Kootenays, Fort Steele Heritage town is a destination for tourists from all over the world. Live theatre, old timey demonstrations and hands on activities are only a few of the many reasons to visit this local gem. http://www.fortsteele.ca/
Kootenay Trout Hatchery: A great way to spend a sunny day, the trout hatchery offers live demonstrations, learn to fish programs, and live fish/turtle viewing. Feeding the fish is a popular activity. http://www.gofishbc.com/about-us/what-we-do/fish-hatcheries/kootenay-hatchery.aspx
City of Kimberley: Kimberley is an awesome little town with some wonderfully unique shops, restaurants and tons of activities. Well worth a day trip into town. http://www.kimberley.ca/community/things-do
City of Cranbrook: Cranbrook is about 25 minutes away from Norbury. Activities to do in Cranbrook include shopping, dining and more. http://www.hellobc.com/cranbrook.aspx
The City of Fernie: Fernie is about 53 minutes away from Norbury. Shopping opportunities, trendy restaurants and many necessities, the City of Fernie is a great place to visit. http://tourismfernie.com/activities
Spirit Rock Climbing Center: Kimberley’s local indoor/outdoor climbing facility. Highly recommended by all who try it! http://www.spiritrockclimbing.com/
Farmers Markets: In Kimberley, Cranbrook and Baynes Lake there are three regularly scheduled Farmers Markets. Information on the Cranbrook Market can be found here: http://www.cranbrookfarmersmarket.com/
Golfing: Within an hours drive are a huge variety of top notch courses. Check out any of the links below for more information on only a few of the nearby courses:
Bootleg Gap Golf, Marysville: http://www.bootleggapgolf.com/
Trickle Creek, Kimberley: http://tricklecreek.com/
St. Eugenes, Cranbrook: http://steugene.ca/en/golf/#/gallery/popular
Fernie Golf and Country Club, Fernie: http://www.golffernie.com/