Alex Lane (left)

Alex Lane (left)

Kalamalkla Lake Provincial Park a place for all

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is a popular spot, but that doesn’t mean users have to compete for space.

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is a popular spot, but that doesn’t mean users have to compete for space.

B.C. Parks and the Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park would like to remind everyone — hikers, cyclists, dog walkers and horseback riders — to follow B.C. Parks Act rules and demonstrate proper etiquette.

“We all love Kal Park, let’s all help look after it,” said Val Buchanan, Friends of Kal Park president.

“It’s our park, a park for all users.”

The park rules include no overnight camping, no fires and no motorized vehicles.

Dogs must be on leash at all times.

“There are several reasons for the dogs on leash rule,” said Buchanan.

“Most important is for the protection of a multitude of wildlife, including some species at risk, especially in the spring when wildlife is more vulnerable while they are nesting or caring for their young.”

Leashes and staying on the trails are also for the protection of the dogs themselves as there can be incidents such as snake bites, cactus and dangerous confrontations with wildlife.

No dogs or horses are allowed on the public beaches.

“There are two designated pet beaches for dogs and one is also for horses. See park maps for these locations,” said Kevin Wilson, with B.C. Parks.

The pick-up and removal of dog waste makes visits to the park more enjoyable for all users.

Because horses can be unpredictable, they have the right of way on trails.  Even vehicles should use caution when approaching horses.

“Bikers and hikers can spook a horse if they don’t hear you approaching,” said Buchanan.

“Hikers often can’t hear bikers approaching either.  Bikers approaching other park users, please voice your presence as you slow down.”

For more information, go to www.kalamalkapark.ca.  Brochures are also available at kiosks at the park entrances.

The Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park holds its annual general meeting April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall on Kalamalka Road.

Memberships will be on sale for $10 per person and $20 per family.