BC Provincial Parks in the Cariboo Chilcotin

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B.C. Provincial Parks of Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Surrounded by mountains, dissected by great rivers and bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is a land of rugged splendour. The region's provincial parks offer camping, picnics and day use facilities on the banks of crystal clear lakes and streams. You can hike in alpine meadows, view wildlife or relive the glory days of the Cariboo Gold Rush. As in most B.C. parks, camping fees are reasonable and the facilities range from basic to full service.

For accurate up to date information on BC Parks, dates of operation and reservations, visit the official BC Parks Site at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

Here is a quick summary of some of the parks in the region. As situations change frequently, this information is not presented as accurate trip planning information and there is no guarantee of accuracy. DO NOT plan a vacation without first checking the above BC Parks website for ALL accurate and current information.

Big Bar | Bowron Lake | Bull Canyon
Bridge Lake
| Canim Beach | Chasm | Downing
Green Lake
| Hakai Recreation Area | Horsefly Lake
Lac La Hache | Ten Mile Lake | Ts'yl-os | Tweedsmuir

Big Bar Lake Provincial Park comprises approximately 330 hectares of rolling landscape situated on the shore of a large lake, and scattered with small lakes and ponds. Big Bar Provincial Park is located 42 km northwest of Clinton and provides a campground, picnic area and boat launching ramp. Rainbow trout are resident in the parks waterways. The areas rolling landscape and glacial eskers were formed by debris left by ancient glaciers. The Lakeside Campground consists of 27 sites that overlook the lake. There are 10 high density sites that can accommodate large rigs. There is also 1 pull through site at this campground and parking for extra vehicles is available in the park but not on the sites. The campsites in the Upper Campground consists of 19 sites that are larger and more double sites are available. The sites are nestled amongst the trees and there is parking available for extra vehicles on site. This campground is used for overflow camping.
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Located in the Cariboo Mountains, 144 km southeast of Prince George. This magnificent 121,6000 ha. wilderness consists of six major lakes and connecting waterways. The park contains a 116 km canoe or kayak circuit. This wilderness canoe trip takes from 6 to 10 days to complete, depending on your time frame and skill level. For those looking for a shorter trip, the west side of the circuit can be paddled in 2 to 4 days. It is recommended that those who attempt the circuit have some wilderness canoeing experience. For details on cabins and camping, please visit the BC Parks website site. (see link above)

Located just 10 km west of Alexis Creek on Highway 20, this pretty little park in situated in the trees on the banks of the Chilcotin River. Here, where the canyon narrows, river fishermen have enjoyed their sport for years. This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted. There are 20 small to medium sites in total, 2 of which are double sites and 1 a pull through site. There are also 4 tent sites. Sites are open, but still private, through to shady. The gates at Bull Canyon are locked during the off-season, from mid September to mid May. Bull Canyon is the only provincial campsite along Highway 20 between Williams Lake and Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
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Located in the beautiful InterLakes area, 51 km east of 93 Mile House, on Highway 20, this 405 hectare park offers the camper a multitude of activities. The park protects a large area of undeveloped shoreline and all islands in the lake but one. The lake and adjacent stands of Douglas fir and spruce has several bald eagle nests and active beaver colonies, and provides habitat for numerous species of birds, black bear, fox, coyote, mule deer, mink and river otter. The lake contains rainbow trout, kokanee, lake char and burbot, eagerly sought by anglers. Walk the aspen forests and fields, swim in the lake, or launch the boat and do some fishing. Pets are welcome on a leash. This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted. There are 13 drive in sites, 1 of which is a double site, and 3 walk in tent areas. The camp sites are settled amongst trees and parking is available for extra vehicles in the parking lot. If staff are not around when you arrive at the campground, choose your site and pay later. .

Surrounded by mountains and located on the shores of one of the Cariboo's larger and most beautiful lakes, Canim Beach Park is a 6 hectare day-use only park that offers fishing, swimming, camping and picture postcard views of the lake.
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Experience one of nature's wonders formed by volcanic activity and carved by glacial meltwaters thousands of years ago. The 3,067 hectare park is located 15 km/9mi north of Clinton and 4 km/ 2.5 mi off Hwy 97. There is a viewpoint and parking area for day-use activities, but no developed picnic area. Pit toilets are provided.

The park is located 17 km southeast of Clinton off of Highway 97 and provides a campground and picnic area. Downing Park encompasses Kelly Lake where angling for rainbow trout is a favourite activity. The 100 hectare park was donated to the public by C.S. Downing. This park offers 18 campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted. This campground has tenting sites spread over a lush, grassy area next to the lake. The distance to walk from the parking area is minimal (less than 20 metres or 60 feet). Although there is limited parking space available for R.V.'s, the peaceful setting of this park draws such visitors to it each year. If there is no staff at the campground upon arrival, choose a site and pay at the self-registration box in the campground. Please check with BC Parks, as this campground can be subject to flooding early in the saeason.
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Green Lake Provincial Park is located east of 70 Mile House and is a beautiful park consisting of 347 hectares of rangeland and forests with aspen and lodgepole pine. The park
is made up of 11 sites: Arrowhead, Black Bear, Blue Spring, Boyd Bay, Buckside Hill, Emerald Bay, Green Lake Islands, Little Arrowhead, Nolan Creek and Sunset View. Six of these sites have developed facilities. Emerald Bay campground has 51 sites, a few of which are double sites. Many of the sites are long and spacious. Sunset View has 54 sites, a few of which are also double sites. Arrowhead has 16 high density sites that are smaller than at the other campgrounds. However, large rigs may still fit in some of these sites. There is room for extra vehicles at the larger sites. There are a number of areas within the park that have day-use facilities and picnic shelters with tables. Good beaches make swimming conditions ideal. The park also provides a sani-station, toilets, water, firewood and is wheelchair accessible.

HAKAI Lúxvbálís Conservancy
The Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy is managed under an agreement between the Heiltsuk Nation and the Province of British Columbia. Encompassing more than 120,000 hectares of land and sea, Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy is the largest provincial marine protected area on the British Columbia coast. Located approximately 130 km north of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and 115 km southwest of Bella Coola, Hakai has no developed facilities and can only be accessed by sea or air. Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.

The park is located approximately 13 km northeast of Horsefly community off of Highway 97. This park offers a popular 23 site campground and day-use area which has a developed beach, a horseshoe pit and a nature trail. Some activities offered include hiking, exploring and fishing. Forest cover consists of fir, spruce, birch and cedar.
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Lac La Hache is one of the most popular recreation lakes along Highway 97. Located near the community of Lac La Hache, the 24 hectare park provides the visitor with a campground, sani-station, picnic area, playground, boat launching facilities and hiking trails. The lake provides excellent fishery for kokanee, burbot, lake and rainbow trout. Located in fir forests above the lake, the parks 83 campsites are a favourite stop over for vacationers. This park offers vehicle accessible campsites. These range in size with many larger sites including a few pull through sites. There are also around 10 sites that have tent pads. However, there are no double sites. The sites are nestled amongst the trees and most are large enough to accommodate for extra vehicles. Campsite reservations are available at this park and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
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This Park is located on the east shore of Ten Mile Lake, 11 kilometres north of Quesnel on Highway 97. It offers a large picnic area, three sandy beaches, a boat launch, and great fishing not to mention attractive, treed campsites, showers and flush toilets. A 2-km nature trail to a large beaver pond, through forest and along an abandoned rail road is very rewarding to hike. In the winter the park's trails are transformed into approximately 10 km of cross country ski trails.
The Park offers 61 lakeside and 46 touring campasites. Each site is near toilets, water and wood. A sani-station is located on the campground access road.

One of B.C.'s most breathtaking areas, located in the Chilcotin, 160 km Southwest of Williams Lake. On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) granted the Tsilhqot'in Nation a declaration of aboriginal title. Aboriginal title includes the right to exclusive use and occupation of the land, as well as the ability to determine the uses to which the land will be put. The Province is currently analyzing the SCC's decision, and is in dialogue with the Tsilhqot'in Nation about access to Tsilhqot'in title land. Until further notice, persons interested in access to the Title area for camping and associated recreational activities are encouraged to contact the Tsilhqot'in National Government (http://www.tsilhqotin.ca/index.htm).

This 981,000 hectare Park is surrounded by dramatic scenery and rugged wilderness. About 360 km west of Williams Lake, Highway 20 enters the Park at Heckman Pass and descends a 20 km stretch of narrow, switch-backed road with up to 18% grades. At the bottom of the hill is a paved road that continues on to Bella Coola. Campgrounds are located at the bottom of "the hill" at the Atnarko River and at Fisheries Pool near Stuie. Water, toilets, wood, a sani-station and picnic areas are provided. Further tourist facilities and supplies can be found in Bella Coola, Hagensborg, Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake. There are many primitive campsites dotted throughout the park.


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Area Maps of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
Cariboo Region:
Quesnel Barkerville Williams Lake
100 Mile House Wells Gray Park Clinton
Lillooet & Cache Creek
Chilcotin Region:    
Riske Creek (East) Alexis Creek (Central) Anahim Lake (West)
Chilko Lake (South) Tweedsmuir & Blackwater (North)
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