Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

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This park is the first of BC's to be jointly managed by BC Parks and the Nisga'a Tribal Council. The Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park commemorates the devestation of of two Nisga'a villages and more than 2000 Nisga'a deaths 250 years ago during a volcanic eruption.

Legend reads that long ago a child took a humpback salmon and slit open its back, sticking fiery sticks in its back and making it swim. Again and again he repeated the process despite the elders warnings. Fish are very important to the natives and this lack of respect was a taboo that if broken would cause misfortune. The ground rumbled and the scout who was sent to investigate rushed back to inform the village of the smoke and flames of the mountain top. Gwa Xts'agat emerged from the mountainside fighting back the lava and saving many of the villagers.

The 18,000 hectare park allows the visitor a chance to learn more of the Nisga'a cultural heritage and the natural history of BC's volcanic landscape. The Nisga'a lifestyle incorporates a balance between the natural elements and human presence. The Nisga'a villages of Sii Ayans and Gitwinksihlkw provide excellent oppurtunities for those interested in exploring this unique native culture.

The lava plain is located in the Nass Basin Landscape, 100 km north of Terrace on the Nisga'a Highway.
Camping - A primitive campsite is located along Vetter Creek. A picnic area is located on the shores of Lava Lake.

Fishing and Boating - A car-top boat launch is available. Salmon, steelhead, trout and kokanee are resident in the parks waterways.

Hiking and Trails - Trails lead to the parks notable features and vantage points.

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