Chert for tools and weapons was quarried by the Ktunaxa inside today's Top of the World Provincial Park. If you're a skier, snowshoer, angler, hiker or horseback rider, you'll enjoy wilderness trails and campsites that are closed to vehicles powered and limited pedal access.
Key Access Points to this State or Provincial Park
Turn east off Highway 93/95, 4.5 kilometres (mile 2.7 mi) south of Canal Flats.
Highlights of this State or Provincial Park
The name says it all. High in the Kootenay Range of the Rocky Mountains, the park is dominated by Mt. Morro, at more than 2,900 metres (9,570 ft). This is a wilderness area of outstanding beauty, but it is quite accessible to families. Camping and hiking are the most popular activities and there is a public cabin that accommodates 20 people. Fish Lake is the largest body of water in the park and is noted for its cutthroat trout and dolly varden fishery. The park is very beautiful in the winter and cross-country skiing is very popular. The area encompassed by this park was once the traditional home of the Ktunaxa, or Upper Kutenai Indians, who shared their abode with visitors who came from as far as the Shuswap and Helena, Montana to obtain chert. This grey, translucent, obsidian-like rock was used in the manufacture of tools and weapons.
Driving Directions to Key Access Points
From the north via Whiteswan Lake - Turn east off Highway 93/95, 4.5 kilometres (mile 2.7 mi) south of Canal Flats. At kilometre 21.3 (mile 13.2) take fork to right (Lussier River junction). At kilometre 29.6 (mile 18.4), turn right and cross Coyote Creek. Go straight ahead at kilometre 30.7 (mile 19) and stay on main road to kilometre 52 (mile 32). Trail begins at this point.