Provincial Park (pronounced sigh-loss and which can also be spelled Ts'il-os),
means the man who became a mountain. This majestic British Columbia provincial
park protects a very special landscape and a number of vulnerable wildlife
species, like Grizzlies
and Bighorn Sheep.
Ts'yl-os was designated as a provincial park in January 1994. The sixth
largest provincial park in British Columbia (nearly half the size of Prince
Edward Island), the 233,240 hectare area encompasses Chilko
Lake, which hosts the third largest sockeye salmon run in the province.
Provincial Park is located 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Williams
Lake off the Bella CoolaHighway
20. Please note that travel time varies considerably depending on
weather conditions. Routes follow rough, washboard gravel roads; high
clearance four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended.
RECREATION AND TOURISM
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 map
below shows the land that is subject to the declaration of aboriginal
title. 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).
scenery and wilderness setting of Ts'yl-os Provincial Park makes this
area particularly appealing to recreationalists and to the wilderness
tourism industry. Chilko Lake is
a challenge for experienced boaters. However, canoeing,
ocean-type kayaking, power boating,
and windsurfing are enjoyed by many visitors. The surrounding mountains
provide a high quality wilderness experience and offer opportunities
for wilderness hiking,
and horseback riding.
Twenty lodges or camps operating around the periphery of the area offer
outdoor adventure trips around Chilko
Lake with minimal disturbance to the environment.
Information & Services
Bear Camp at Chilko Lake: Chilko Lake is a jewel set amongst the breath-taking Coast Mountain Range and Tsylos Provincial Park. We offer many outdoor / indoor / multi-sport adventures, and a luxurious stay in this truly healing blend of wilderness and comfort. more
Tsylos Park Lodge: Enjoy fully guided river fly fishing and horseback riding vacations, through the valleys, while staying at our mountain lodge. Call us or visit our website to ask for a free colour brochure and be sure to ask about week-long mountain horse packtrips! more
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is the scenic focal point from the Nemiah Valley and the highest point
in the Chilcotin Range. It features extensive alpine meadows, snow fields,
tarns and sub-alpine regions. Chilko
Lake is an outstanding picturesque feature, with its distinctive
blue waters, large size and mountainous setting. On the lake itself,
there are uncommon freshwater lagoons and volcanic dyke formations.
There are five glaciers at the headwaters of the Tchaikazan River, which
also features extensive meadows, outwash plains, spruce forests, a waterfall
and a braided river.