Parks

The Chilcotin and West Chilcotin have a number of Provincial Parks and Protected Areas, not least of which is Tweedsmuir Park, one of the largest in the province of British Columbia as well as one of two of the oldest large parks, designated as a park in 1938.

Tweedsmuir Park is a hiker's dream in summer.

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

This pertains to South Tweedsmuir Park, which is the most accessible to people

Comprised of South Tweedsmuir and North Tweedsmuir and Protected Area, very little of the park is accessible to traffic except where Highway 20 West runs through the southern portion. As pure wilderness, it is a favorite summer and winter playground of outdoor enthusiasts. It offers tremendous snowmobiling with deep, dry powder in the Rainbow Mountains. In summer, you can access the park by floatplane to the Turner Lake Chain where your charter can drop you and your canoes off for a marvelous multi-day trip over seven lakes to the head of famous Hunlen Falls, the third highest freefalling waterfall in Canada at over 1,100 feet.
The park is also a wonderful area to trailride or to hike in, with miles of trails leading into cabins, camping areas, or lakes. There is considerably more information about this park and photos on the Desktop version at Tweedsmuir-Park. It is advised that you check the Tweedsmuir Provincial Park South website for updated trail information and wildlife advisories before embarking on any activity in the park

Mountain Goat.

Entiako Park Entiako was originally a part of Tweedsmuir Park but was left out when boundaries were revised in 1956. In 2000, 120,000 hectares were set aside as protected land for the Tweedsmuir Entiako caribou herd. The wild, harsh landscape that comprises this wilderness park is home to grizzly and black bear, moose, caribou, wolves, coyote, fox and fur bearing animals. The dry inhospitable growing conditions support several rare plants and lichens that the caribou feed on. Floatplanes can access many of the lakes in the Park's interior.

In the pass between two Ranges.

Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park This roadless park is made up primarily of isolated shield volcanoes that supports a wide variety of alpine flora and fauna. It is also home to the most significant and healthiest caribou herd in BC with high calf recruitment rate. There are outfitters that operate in the two mountain ranges that would be happy to book you for a pack trip or horseback trail ride into the alpine. Horse assisted hiking trips are also popular here.

Floatplane landing on Wilderness Lake

Charlotte Alplands The Charlotte Alplands is not a park but an area set aside without roads, for backcountry recreation. The area lays claim to having the largest concentration of alpine lakes in British Columbia, many loaded with wild rainbow trout and kokanee, and many rarely, if ever, fished. Here you will find alpine wildflowers swathing hillsides. This area is rich in wildlife, including caribou. If you would like to fly in, hike in, or take part in a horseback adventure into the Charlotte Alplands, you'll find operators listed on this site that can provide that vacation for you.

Long Valley.

Homathko River - Tatlayoko Protected Area The Ministry of Environments lists this area as one of the only protected areas in BC that spans the transition from the wet, mild coastal climate to the dry, harsh climate of the Chilcotin Plateau. As such it provides an invaluable game corridor, particularly for grizzly bears, through the Coast Mountains from the Pacific coast to the high Chilcotin Plateau. 14 mile long aquamarine Tatlayoko Lake with it's surrounding peaks is within the boundaries of the protected area and can be accessed by road from Tatla Lake.

A hiker stands above aqua green Chilko Lake.

Tsylos Provincial Park Primarly set aside to preserve cultural values, wildlife, fauna and special fish habitat, Ts'il?os (pronounced "sigh-loss") Provincial Park comprises approximately 233,000 hectares. Made up of rugged mountains and glaciers, it is dominated by the stunning blue-green colored waters of Chilko Lake, noted to be the highest natural freshwater lake in Canada and bordered by the rugged peaks of the Coast Mountains to the west. There are two vehicle access routes into the park but they're rough and you are warned to check conditions with locals before embarking on them.

Bighorn sheep in Sheep Junction Range.

Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park The Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park consists of rolling grasslands and deeply eroded gullies at the confluence of the Chilcotin and Fraser Rivers in central BC. This unique landscape is a place of spectacular scenery, with cliffs and hoodoos breaking the grassland benches. The area is protected most notably because of its importance to an internationally significant herd of California bighorn sheep. Camping is not permitted here but it is an amazing place for a day hike.

Chilko River at Bull Canyon.

Bull Canyon Provincial Park Only four miles from Alexis Creek, this tiny park along Highway 20 is located right on the gorgeous aqua green Chilko River. Open from the middle of May until September, Bull Canyon Provincial Park is small but still popular for fishing and hiking.The bluffs opposite the campground have a famous first nations and geological history as well as a number of caves. Venture in at your own risk. Covered in aspen forest and wildflowers, the park features 20 vehicle and tent campsites.

A grizzly sow waits for her cubs.

Nunsti Provincial Park This remote park is in the traditional territory of the Ts’ilhqot’in (Chilcotin) First Nation, and was established to protect valuable moose habitat. Due to the difficult access to the area, the park has remained a wilderness, home to numerous large animals such as grizzly and black bear, cougar, wolves and mule deer. There is no easy access to this park, whether on foot, by boat or on horseback. Floatplanes can provide access to the many lakes in the park.