Island Lake Recreation Area | Alberta, Canada

Island Lake Recreation Area is a convenient, inexpensive, but utilitarian overnight stop at the Continental Divide, just west of Crowsnest Lake. It is particularly suited to larger recreational vehicles, with easy drive-in access to the campsites.

The least-attractive aspects must be its location below large limestone quarry, and its close proximity to the heavily used Crowsnest Line of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

In other words, stay here if it's late and you want daylight for the drive through the Rockies. Otherwise, there are better campgrounds nearby, notably Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area in Alberta, or Mount Fernie Provincial Park in B.C.

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Latitude: 49.629447937 Longitude: -114.67855835 Elevation: 4436 ft

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Facilities Available

There is neither water, other than directly from the lake, nor flush toilets.

Nightly Fee

$18.00 per night. May 1 - October 15.

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

Island Lake is located between Crowsnest Lake and the Alberta-British Columbia boundary. A well-marked turn-off north from Highway 3 leads to Island Lake Provincial Recreation Area.

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