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Island Lake Recreation Area | Alberta, Canada

Campground or RV Park
Island Lake Recreation Area, lower left. Continental Divide separates Island Lake in Alberta from Summit Lake in British Columbia. – David Thomas

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.

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.

More information can be found here:

Facilities Available

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

Number of Camp Sites



$18.00 per night. May 1 - October 15.


Campground Style


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