Toadlet on finger Photo: Barb Houston

August 29 & 30, 2017 – Toadfest at Summit Lake

This free, fun, family event, organized by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, is mostly about raising awareness about Western Toads. Come and learn about the toad’s natural history, life cycle, and habitat needs. Check out the displays, and learn more about other animals.

Adult toads typically migrate in early spring to breed at Summit Lake. The dime-size toadlets migrate from Summit Lake to upland habitat in the summer. Breeding occurred more than a month later this year than in 2016. That’s why we planned Toadfest for late August this year.

If there are toadlets in Summit Lake Provincial Park during Toadfest, you may get a chance to carry toadlets across the road. The public are reminded not to carry toadlets across the road, outside of this event.

CKISS will be there!

Did you know that invasive species are the second greatest threat to biodiversity globally? The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) will be attending Toadfest this year with an outreach booth and they will be hosting a “Planting Party” in order to improve the habitat for Summit Lakes’ native wildlife.

The CKISS team have removed a patch of invasive Burdock and will be planting a variety of native species including Nootka Rose, Ocean Spray, Red-osier Dogwood, Snow Berry, Golden Rod and Kinnikinnick. You are encouraged to come get your hands dirty during Toadfest and assist CKISS with this restoration project. A big thanks to Columbia Basin Trust & Environment Canada’s Eco Action Community Funding Program

** Please note that this portion of Toadfest may be postponed if there are toadlets in the restoration site**

Event Details:

Date & Time: Tuesday August 29th, 4:00pm-7:00pm and Wednesday August 30, from 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon.

Location: Summit Lake Provincial Park, near Nakusp


For more information contact the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program at or 250-352-1300.

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