Hugging the Steeples, Horseshoe Lake, BC, is a popular backcountry campsite. This camping, fishing, and bird watching recreation forest site is found just east of Cranbrook. Located in a valley often referred to as the Rocky Mountain Trench, Horseshoe Lake offers beautiful views of the Steeples Mountains. 

Surrounded by farmland, grasslands, and forests bursting with pine and aspen trees, the campsite is centred around Horseshoe Lake, a spring-fed lake which is at the mercy of rising water levels as the seasons change. 

Horseshoe Lake, BC


Horseshoe Lake, BC: The Steeples dominate Horseshoe Lake. This easily accessible site is a self-serve campsite shared with some free roaming cows. Photograph details: 1/30 sec, F8.0, ISO100, 47mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5

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Sunset at Horseshoe Lake, BC: The sun sets over Horseshoe Lake on a stupidly warm summer day in British Columbia. The campsites on offer at Horseshoe Lake vary widely, some are right on the lake, others are hidden in the woods while some sit out on open slopes, exposed to the sun all day. 


Looking across Horseshoe Lake, BC: Most of the campsites have fire pits and picnic tables and there are long drops scattered throughout the site. Photograph details: 1/40th sec, F8.0, ISO 100, 135mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5


Horseshoe Lake, BC, at dusk: Horseshoe Lake offers hiking, birdwatching, canoeing, mountain biking, swimming, and fishing. Photograph details: 1/25th sec, F11.0, ISO 100, 29mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5


Horseshoe Lake, Milky Way: The highlight of my numerous camping trips to Horseshoe Lake has to be capturing the Milky Way for the first time. Along with the Northern Lights in Fernie, I have been overwhelmed by how well this photograph has been received. Photograph details: 15 sec, F2.0, ISO 640, 12mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available for purchase here.

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