Pilot Bay Trail

Creston, British Columbia

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Pilot Bay Provincial Park is loved by the locals. Its trails are well maintained, and although the park gets plenty of visitors (a good number arrive by boat), even on the hottest days there’s still plenty of room at Pilot Bay’s scenic beaches. The hike to Boomer’s Landing offers the prettiest beach in the park. As the name indicates, Boomer’s Landing was once a log boom—a point of contact for cut timber to be tugged across Kootenay Lake to mills. In fact much of the present park was the site of past logging and milling. Walking among the park’s tall pines and cedars—and looking out upon a shoreline that appears to be pristine—it’s now hard to imagine that such a beautiful place was once hopping with industry. Pilot Bay offers sound evidence of nature’s resilience.

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"Pilot Bay Provincial Park is loved by the locals. Its trails are well maintained, and although the park gets plenty of visitors (a good number arrive by boat), even on the hottest days there’s still plenty of room at Pilot Bay’s scenic beaches. The hike to Boomer’s Landing offers the prettiest beach in the park.

As the name indicates, Boomer’s Landing was once a log boom—a point of contact for cut timber to be tugged across Kootenay Lake to mills. In fact much of the present park was the site of past logging and milling. Walking among the park’s tall pines and cedars—and looking out upon a shoreline that appears to be pristine—it’s now hard to imagine that such a beautiful place was once hopping with industry. Pilot Bay offers sound evidence of nature’s resilience."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Creston
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2hours
Season: Best late March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: BC Parks, Kootenay Division
Local Maps: 82 F/10 Crawford Bay
Driving Directions: Directions to Pilot Bay Trail

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May 2018