Bugaboo Provincial Park
A true rugged wilderness experience awaits outdoor thrill seekers who are drawn to scale the awe-inspiring granite spires (many of them 3,000m and more) which have been sculpted by nature over eons of time.
“One of the World’s Great Alpine Rock-climbing Centres” – this is how the 13,646 ha (34 acre) Bugaboo Provincial Park has been described by Chris Atkinson and Marc Piche in their book of the same name; their assessment is accurate to a fault.
The Bugaboos were first brought to the world’s attention when, in 1909, the Alpine Club of Canada hired 25-year-old Austrian mountain guide Conrad Kain to be Canada’s first professional guide. Over the next quarter century, Kain conquered a massive number of first ascents, some of which were in the Bugaboos. He became a role model for guides and mountain climbers to follow into the future.
There is a memorial to Conrad Kain in Wilmer BC, just outside of Invermere and one at a scenic outlook along Hwy. 93/95 near Brisco, BC. It’s well worth paying a visit while you are in the Columbia Valley BC.