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Passport Program

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Back by popular demand, this latest incentive for families to get outside and enjoy BC Parks is free to play, and promises to be great family fun. The program is geared towards families, but anyone can join the adventure. Passport holders can choose from over 200 sites in B.C., including provincial parks and Visitor Centres, to visit along the way. The Passport program encourages passport holders to explore and experience new places while collecting stamps and or stickers towards terrific prizes! Participating sites will distribute the passports, provide a site-specific stamp (BC Parks) or sticker (Visitor Centres), and award the respective prizes to qualifying passport holders. Staff at participating sites will also have more information about the program and nearby provincial parks or Visitor Centres. Along with the chance to collect stickers and win awards, the passport includes advice on tripplanning, special offers and coupons for the purchase of retail merchandise in select Visitor Centres. Stamps are available at BC Parks’ campgrounds when full-service/full camping fees are in effect and stickers are available at Visitor Centres during seasonal operating hours. B.C. has almost 1,000 parks and protected areas, offering amenities including vehicle accessible campgrounds, boat launches, day-use areas, showers, over 6,000 kilometres of hiking trails, and accessible facilities for people with disabilities. Some new and updated online tools are now available to help visitors to plan their park experience. The Discover Camping system (www.discover camping.ca) lets campers book campsites in advance, and a new Google Maps overlay at www.bcparks.ca links directly to individual park websites for more detailed information. The passport also includes a hightech feature linking directly to parks information online. Smartphone users can scan an embedded barcode, called a QR code, on the back cover to go straight to the BC Parks main website. Cover Photo: Sarah Saporsantos

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Adams Lake (Bush Creek) Cinnemousum Narrows

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Herald

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Juniper Beach

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Lac le Jeune

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Mara

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Marble Canyon

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McConnell Lake

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Thompson Region Parks of the

Beginning with Lac du Bois and using Kamloops as the centre of the region, the parks are laid out in this order PARKS OF THE NORTH 1 - Lac du Bois 2 - Paul Lake 3 - North Thompson River 4 - Wells Gray

PARKS OF THE EAST

5 - Niskonlith Lake 6 - Adams Lake 7 - Roderick Haig Brown 8 - Shuswap Lake 9 - Shuswap Lake Marine 10 - Cinnemousun Narrows 11 - Silver Beach 12 - Herald 13 - Mara

PARKS OF THE SOUTH 17 - McConnell Lake 18 - Lac le Jeune 19 - Roche Lake 20 - Monck 21 - Walloper Lake 22 - Tunkwa

PARKS OF THE WEST

23 - Steelhead 24 - Juniper Beach 25 - Marble Canyon 26 - Goldpan 27 - Skihist 28 - Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage 29 - Gwyneth Lake 30 - S. Chilcotin Mountains

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Provincial Park

LAC DU BOIS GRASSLANDS Sweeping grassland vistas, spectacular cliffs and canyons, cool dry forests, secret ponds and small lakes: rising north and west from the hot, dry Thompson valleys, through 3 grassland types, to the forested hills above. Lac du Bois encompasses lower to upper grassland communities in a relatively small geographic area. Nowhere else in western North America are these three types of grassland in such close proximity to each other.

Wildlife species of note include California bighorn sheep, white tail and mule deer, moose, waterfowl, rattlesnake, sharp-tail grouse, flammulated owls, black bear, burrowing owls, western long-billed curlews, harriers, and waterfowl. Located north-west of Kamloops. There are 3 road access points. Within the Lac du Bois, there are 4 roads: all narrow, gravel, and of varying condition depending on weather and time of year.

Grasslands are very fragile. Tread lightly wherever you go. Use established trails only, to help minimize disturbance and prevent the spread of unwanted plant species. Hikers and bikers should remember there are no facilities in the park and should bring drinking water and suitable clothing for changing elevations. It is important to stay on designated trails and roads.

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PAUL LAKE Paul Lake Park has a campground and lakeside day use area, popular with families and groups. It is situated on a pleasant upland lake, with shaded campsites within a dry Douglas fir forest. Large groups planning to camp at Paul Lake should make prior arrangements to ensure the group campsite is available. www.discovercamping.com A sandy swimming beach, easily accessed from the campground, is equipped with picnic tables, barbecues (briquettes only), a cold shower, toilets and a paved beach trail. Fishing for rainbow trout is

popular at Paul Lake with young and old. As are swimming, canoeing, and for the more adventuresome on windy days, wind-surfing the clear waters. Two Car Top accessible boat launches are provided within the Park, one located in the Day Use area and the other at the far West end of the Park, near the group site. A trail leads from the campground to prominent Gibralter Rock on the lakeshore, where views of the lake and surrounding area reward the hiker. Paul Lake Park is located 5 km north of Kamloops on Hwy #5, then 19 km northeast on the paved Pinantan Lake Road.

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NORTH THOMPSON RIVER North Thompson River Park is situated in a beautiful mixed forest at the confluence of the North Thompson and Clearwater rivers, 5 km south of Clearwater on Hwy #5. Shaded sites with trails leading to a scenic shoreline picnic area make this a popular stopping place for travelers, as well as for visitors who want to explore the Clearwater area. Fishing for trout, Dolly Varden and salmon in season are popular from the park. Swimming is safe

at low water from a sandy beach sheltered by a gravel bar. Small children should nevertheless be carefully watched, as the river current is swift at all seasons. The park has several archeological sites, and along the trails hikers can still see remnants of winter pit houses of the Shuswap Nation that encamped here in days gone by. Please visit BC Parks website for current camping fees or phone 250-674-2191 for more info.

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Wells Gray Whether you’re looking for information on the Yellowhead Highway, the North Thompson region, Clearwater itself, or Wells-Gray Park, the Wells Gray Information Center which works together with the Chamber of Commerce in Clearwater will have what you need. Situated right on the highway, the centers staff will be ready to answer any questions you may have on events taking place in Clearwater: How far it is to your ultimate destination or how to get to Helmcken Falls or any of the other spectacular scenery in Wells Gray. If you’re on a fishing vacation, they can give you the word on the best lakes in the area. They can not, unfortunately, guarantee results. Hiking more your pace? The staff can give you directions for trails in and out of the park and let you know what the terrain is like.

Looking for a restaurant for a bite to eat or a hotel to spend the night in? Clearwater has a lot to offer on both counts. So when you get to Clearwater this summer, stop in and say hi at the Wells Gray Information Centre. You’ll get a greeting back - and a lot more.

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Wells Gray - Provincial Park

CLEARWATER RIVER CORRIDOR when they become habituated to human presence. Wells Gray Park is a vast, untamed and primitive Fishing is popular in Clearwater and Azure Lakes, wilderness of more than half a million hectares, as well as in the Clearwater and Mahood Rivers. bordered on the east and north by mountains, and Visitors must consult the annual fishing synopsis for on the west by upland plateau. This varied and specific restrictions pertaining to Wells Gray Park. pristine wilderness area can best be accessed from the Clearwater River Valley known as “The Corridor”. In the fall of each year Chinook salmon return to the Clearwater and may be observed leaping at several Travel north from Hwy #5 on the Clearwater Valley Road to access the Wells Gray Corridor. cataracts in their attempt to reach the upper parts of the river. Canoeing, kayaking, and rafting are all premiere A tremendous variety of superb scenery can experiences on the lakes and streams of the Corridor. be accessed by trail or by road from the Corridor. With over 400 km of trails that vary from wide Flower covered alpine meadows, lush green forested paths to wilderness routes, the hiker, biker and valleys, snow covered peaks, cliffs and waterfalls, all are found within driving or hiking distance in the horseback rider can choose from short valley hikes Corridor. Five major lakes, 2 large rivers, numerous to treks into the alpine that take any number of small lakes and streams, waterfalls by the dozen, days. Backcountry hikers are urged to practice leaveno-trace camping etiquette wherever they go. rapids, cataracts, extinct volcanoes, lava beds and Access to the park is off Highway 5 in Clearwater. mineral springs are all a part of this rich complex. Wildlife is abundant and diverse, from small mammals From the Information Center turn north, the park entrance is located 10 km up the Clearwater Valley and birds to caribou, moose, black and grizzly bear. Bears are most often seen in the Corridor in spring Rd. The park begins at Spahats day use area and continues to Clearwater Lake, approximately 58 km when lush growth on roadsides brings them into view. Visitors are urged to stay in their cars and keep moving, from Spahats. The road ends at Clearwater Lake but those with a boat can venture further into the park. as the bears are vulnerable and can be dangerous BC Parks Visitor’s Guide 10


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Wells Gray - Provincial Park

CLEARWATER/AZURE MARINE Visitors to Clearwater/Azure have taken that one step away from the Wells Gray Park Corridor with its roads and amenities, into a more natural zone with a minimum of developed facilities. Here they are surrounded by forest-clad lakeshores, volcanic outcrops, mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and beautiful views in every direction. Clearwater and Azure are two of five large wilderness mountain lakes in Wells Gray Park. They are deep, cold, glacier-fed water bodies, surrounded by dramatic mountain terrain. In spite of their wilderness atmosphere, these lakes are remarkably accessible. A boat launch is located at the end of the park road near the south end of Clearwater Lake. Motorboats that plan to navigate the river between the two lakes must have a 9.9 hp motor minimum to safely navigate between the two lakes, while canoeists must

complete a 0.5 km portage. Seven wilderness campsites are located on Clearwater Lake, and four on Azure. Camping pads, tables, fire-pits, firewood and pit toilets are provided. Campers must carry out everything they brought in. Hiking trails lead upwards from several of the campsites. Especially popular is the short hike to Rainbow Falls at the remotest campsite. The hiking trail leads through one of Wells Gray’s oldest forest remnants. Five hundred year-old giant cedars stand festooned with mosses and lichens, the forest floor a carpet of mosses, and in season sprinkled with orchids and bunchberry. For those wishing a more strenuous climb, routes lead into the mountains, and at Half Mile Campsite on Azure Lake, to Huntley Col and onto the highest peaks in the park. Fishing for rainbow trout is

first class in both lakes, and especially productive at both ends of Clearwater Lake. Boaters are reminded that the currents at the south end are very strong and dangerous as the lake empties over Osprey Falls into the river. Warning markers must be obeyed. Wildlife is plentiful on these remote shores, and black bears, grizzly bears, moose and mountain caribou may be seen. Eagles and osprey inhabit these valleys, as do common loons and numerous other waterfowl. Access to the Clearwater/Azure Marine park is from the junction of Hwy #5 and the Clearwater Valley Road at Clearwater, 68.5 km to the boat launch at the south end of Clearwater Lake. From here by canoe or motorboat the lakes are each 25 km in length. Canoe portage between the 2 lakes is .5 km.

Wells Gray - Provincial Park

WELLS GRAY BACKCOUNTRY This includes the careful disposal of human wastes, and the carrying out of all garbage. Animals such as mountain caribou, moose, black and grizzly bear, even mountain goat, are often sighted by backpackers into the wilderness of Wells Gray. Precautions must always be taken to avoid encounters with these large animals. The opportunities for hiking untouched wilderness, climbing glacier clad mountains, fishing in remote mountain lakes, exploring volcanic cones, and for seeking solitude in unspoiled wilderness are unlimited in Wells Gray Park. For important, even critical, information about hiking in the Wells Gray Backcountry, check for maps and pamphlets at the Wells Gray Info Centre at (250) 674-3334 or info@wellsgray.info, Blackwell Park Operations at www.explorewellsgray.com. Wells Gray Backcountry may be accessed via 3 major park entrances. The main entrance leads to the Corridor and beyond. Access is from Clearwater on Hwy #5. Mahood Lake access is via 88 km of secondary road from 100 Mile House on Hwy #97, or off Hwy #24. Murtle Lake access is via 24 km of gravel road from Blue River on Hwy #5. Facilities are limited to designated camping sites in a few remote areas and several pit toilets and bear caches. www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks 11

Beyond the relatively accessible areas along the Clearwater River Corridor, at Murtle Lake, (access from Blue River off Hwy. 5 - 24 km of gravel Rd.) and at Mahood Lake, (Access is either via 88 km of paved and gravel roads along the south shore of Canim Lake on the Canim-Hendrix Lake rd. or via 65 km of gravel road from the interlakes corner on Hwy 24) lie thousands of hectares of pristine wilderness that is Wells Gray Backcountry. This is a wilderness area largely untouched, though not unexplored by the more adventurous visitor, both past and present. Hikers who venture into this area must have the skills required to navigate largely unmarked routes, and the equipment needed to survive without facilities. No fires are allowed in the backcountry, so cooking must be accomplished on small stoves carried in, and warm clothing must compensate for often colder temperatures at higher elevations. Hikers in the mountains should be prepared for extreme weather conditions that change without much warning. At several locations, such as Fight Lake on Battle Mountain, camping areas have been designated, a pit toilet and bear cache installed. Campers must practice leave-no-trace camping when in the backcountry.


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Wells Gray - Provincial Park

TRAIL UPDATES & CAMPING OPPORTUNITIES BC Parks offers 5 fully serviced, reservable, vehicle accessible campgrounds in and around Wells Gray. The first is located at North Thompson River Provincial Park; it is a popular campground to stay if you want to be close to the amenities that Clearwater has to offer. If you prefer to be in the heart of the park, there are 4 campgrounds in Wells Gray Provincial Park: Pyramid (50 sites), 45 km from the Wells Gray Information Center; Falls Creek (41 sites) and Clearwater Lake (39 sites), 67.9 km from the Info Center; and Mahood Lake (39 sites). Wells Gray has something to offer for every outdoor interest: lush alpine meadows, excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities; hiking for every ability, ranging from a few minutes on a level trail to many days with a map and compass; boating, canoeing and kayaking. Guiding businesses offer horseback riding, canoeing, river-rafting, fishing and hiking; and the history enthusiast can

learn about the early homesteaders, trappers, and prospectors. Wells Gray Corridor Area (includes Pyramid and Clearwater Lake/Falls Creek campgrounds): Vehicle-accessible campgrounds, short hiking trails and spectacular views along the main road from the park entrance to Clearwater Lake. For your convenience, during the summer season this area of the park has a concession managed by the Park Facility Operator. Trophy Mountain: Approximately 6900 ha contains over 45 sub-alpine lakes and tarns and offers opportunities for hiking, back-country overnight and day trips. Backcountry Areas: Information on some of the longer hiking trails, offering visitors the opportunity to camp in user-maintained wilderness settings. Clearwater River: An area of limited access along the Clearwater River offering hiking, fishing, wilderness camping and spectacular scenery. Contact Information: Blackwell Park Operations Ltd. at their website www.explorewellsgray.com

Wells Gray - Provincial Park MURTLE LAKE

Murtle Lake is accessed off highway #5 at Blue River. Drive 27 km west on a winding, narrow, gravel road to the parking lot. From there, a 2.5 km level trail (canoe-cart accessible) leads to the canoe launch. Murtle Lake is an internationally significant wilderness area within Wells Gray Park. Visitors come to the lake to experience solitude and a unique wilderness trip without motors. All equipment needed, including canoes or kayaks, must be carried in on a 2.5 km trail to the canoe launch on Murtle Lagoon. Around the lakeshore are situated 20 different small wilderness camping sites with a total of 63 tenting pads, fire pits, camper maintained 12

pit toilets and bear caches. Campers can purchase firewood from the park facility operator on the lake. All garbage must be carried out at the end of a trip. No dogs or pets allowed. Several hiking trails lead into the wilderness beyond the foreshore, to mountain tops such as Central Mountain and Wavy Ranges, or to small fishing lakes such as Henrietta and Anderson. Fishing is good for kokanee and for rainbow and lake trout. Moose, black and grizzly bear and caribou may be spotted in the surrounding mountains, and osprey, loons and other waterfowl and songbirds are plentiful. Blackwell Park Operations www.explorewellsgray.com BC Parks Visitor’s Guide

ATTENTION VISITORS IMPORTANT NOTICE!

• Full service will resume June 1. • Overnight visitors can pay at the lagoon with a selfregistration system. Cash is the preferred method of payment. Deposit cash in the envelope, fill out the information and place in vault located at the lagoon. Please detach receipt and retain for presentation to Park Operator or Ranger to confirm payment. • Firewood is available for use at the marine sites, or by request to the Park Operator.


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Wells Gray - Provincial Park MAHOOD LAKE Mahood Lake Campground is situated on one of Wells Gray Park’s large lakes. The lake is popular with fishers and boaters alike, and the beach provides for safe swimming. To access this campground, 88 km of paved and gravel roads along the south shore of Canim Lake on the Canim-Hendrix Lake rd. or

via 65 km of gravel road from the interlakes corner on Hwy 24. Several trails in the area lead the hiker to stunning views and into the wilderness parts of the park. Three impressive falls, Mahood, Canim and Deception, are accessible by easy trails in the area. The latter falls come as a surprising culmination

to a most pleasant of woodland walks and should not be missed. A trail at the east end of the lake follows the Mahood River to its confluence with the Clearwater River. Enroute the hiker can stop to admire several impressive falls, as the Mahood rushes towards its joining with the larger river.

Wells Gray - Provincial Park BRIDGE LAKE

This high elevation Cariboo Plateau park on the shores of beautiful Bridge Lake is a popular stopping place for people travelling Hwy #24. Fishing is good for both rainbow and lake trout. Pleasant shaded campsites provide easy access to the shores for swimming, boating, paddling, and fishing. An easy trail meanders through

open forest along the lake shore, for the hiker or fisherman that wants to explore the area. Bridge Lake Park is within driving distance of numerous other popular fishing lakes on the plateau and is located 51 km east of 93 Mile House on Hwy #24. Contact G & P Kleenery (250) 397-2523.

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Recreation & Preserving the

Natural State

BC Parks is dedicated to preserving the natural state of parks while also providing recreational access. Park regulations and policies protect park values, ensuring a quality experience for all visitors, both today and in years to come.

For more information see our website

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Please obey the following camping ethics and regulations: • Barbecues must be used on the ground unless barbecue attachments are provided on picnic tables.

• Pets must be on a leash while in the park and are not permitted in the day-use area or on the beach.

• Bears: To avoid problems with nuisance animals such as bears, lock your food in your vehicle at night. Be sure to use the garbage containers provided and maintain a clean campsite. Never feed or approach bears.

•S  wimming areas protect swimmers within marker buoys. All watercraft and water-skiers must stay outside markers. Lifeguards are not in attendance.

• Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings and may not be permitted in all parks.

• Tents and equipment must remain on the gravel portion of your campsite.

• Excessive noise is not permitted. Please remember that sound travels further in open air, especially generators, music and loud talking. Quiet time is from 10:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.

•T  rees and shrubs are easily damaged; do not use them for wiener sticks. Leave flowers and others plants to grow. Trails are planned to take you safely through the most interesting and beautiful parts of our parks without damaging.

• Liquor consumption is prohibited anywhere in the park with the exception of your campsite.

•V  ehicles used in parks must be licensed and operated by licensed drivers.

• Parking is permitted only in designated areas and on the gravel portion of campsites. Parking is not permitted on roadsides.

•V  isitors must leave by 11:00 p.m. Only registered campers are allowed in the campsite after 11:00 p.m.

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Bear Watching Etiquette

Provincial parks are some of the few places where wild bears are easily visible in their natural setting - wild & free. Seeing bears is an exciting experience - the first time and every time! It's important to realize that wild bears can be dangerous. A passive bear is not a guarantee of safety. It only takes a running child, barking dog, honking car horn or an approaching person to trigger a bear's "fight or flight" instinct. Bears come out of hibernation in April, ravenously hungry from a long sleep. At first they find little to eat except cottonwood buds, skunk cabbage or carrion. Later in May, they feed on new grass and

dandelions along the park road. This is the best time to view them on the pleasant drive to Clearwater Lake. Bears prey on moose calves and fawns at this time, so never approach a feeding bear as they are very possessive of a fresh kill. During the summer, bears move away from the roads into the park, feeding on berries, insects and the occasional rodent. Chances of seeing a bear at this time are greatly reduced but the occasional one is seen around the Ray Farm and along the corridor road(s) sides. In autumn, bears join anglers on the Clearwater River to take advantage of spawning salmon. Watching the riverbanks in the late evening or early

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morning from August to mid-October will usually turn up a bear or two. Grizzlies may also be seen at this time, however, it is unusual to find them so near to humans. Watch all bears from a safe distance and noisily announce your approach if you travel the trail systems of Wells Gray. For your safety and the bear's safety, please learn and follow the basic guidelines in this brochure when viewing, filming and photographing wild bears. You can be a good example of others while watching bears in their natural habitat! Failure to follow the guidelines can lead to the destruction of a bear and a park ranger giving you an eviction from the park and/or fines.

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DO NOT CAUSE STRESS IN BEARS BY THESE ACTIVITIES

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• Respect the posted speed limit. It exists to protect bears and humans • Take care of our bears' home - the land, plants water and air • Support the creation of protected space - for biodiversity, and the health of our human habitats • Never approach or follow bears; respect their need for space. This includes not following fresh tracks. • Do not block their line of travel or escape routes. • Keep a safe distance from bears and remain in your vehicle (minimum 50 metres/150 feet - the length of three buses). • Use a telephoto lens, spotting scope or binoculars to get “close”. • Pull well off the road with your vehicle to prevent motor vehicle accidents. Under no circumstances should you leave the safety of your vehicle. • Limit the time you spend viewing the bear to 1 minute or less to preserve its natural behaviour. • Respect the special needs of denning bears and newborn or young bears - leave them alone.

• Approaching or cornering, following or chasing. • Herding bears into a better scene • Throwing objects or calling out to change behaviour • Direct eye contact, even through a camera lens, can be threatening to a bear • Circling or standing around a bear by yourself or in a group • Children should never be encouraged to approach, pet or feed bears. • Always keep children in immediate sight. They’re often the same size as many bears’ prey.

DO NOT FEED BEARS

• Feeding attracts bears to roadside areas where they can be injured or killed. • Feeding creates habituated bears- more likely to be a danger to people. Conflict will result in the death of the bear. • Feeding leads to eating garbage. Bear eat wrappers, cans and bottle caps, destroying their digestive systems. • Eating human foods can cause, among other things, tooth decay, gum infection and ulcers in bears.

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Campsite Fees

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The Ministry of Envronment will continue to provide persons with disabilities the opportunity to camp for free in road accessible provincial park campgrounds; however, the eligibility criteria have been changed to correspond with existing provincial government programs that provide disability assistance. In the past, the Ministry issued its own pass to people with disabilities that allowed these individuals to camp for free in provincial park campgrounds. The previous BC Parks Disabled Access Pass is now invalid. As of March 1, 2002, you must be receiving Disability Benefits Level Two (administered by the Ministry of Human Resources) or have a child who is eligible for the At Home Program (administered by the Ministry of Children and Family Development). To now qualify for free camping in front country

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Provincial Park

NISKONLITH LAKE Niskonlith Lake offers rustic camping and is popular for swimming, fishing and boating. Niskonlith Lake Park is popular with campers who are looking for peace and quiet, and who prefer more primitive camping. It is situated along the sunny north shore of the lake, in ranching country that features Douglas fir and pine forests interspersed with natural grassland meadows. In spring these meadows provide a show of wildflowers that

are famous throughout the region. In both spring and fall, this is a place to observe flocks of waterfowl that come to rest each year on the lake. Fishing is good in Niskonlith Lake, for rainbow trout as well as kokanee. Spawning kokanee may be observed in late summer at nearby Loakin Creek. Backcountry explorers can reach an exciting complex of forestry roads from this campsite. In winter snowshoers and skiers

enjoy the park (no formal tracks) and hardy fishers come to try their luck through the ice. Self registration is in place, and campers are reminded that only one unit per site is permitted in order to prevent damage to natural vegetation. Niskonlith Lake park is located 8 km northwest of Chase, about 50 km east of Kamloops on the Trans Canada Hwy. For more information go to BC Parks website.

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SHUSWAP LAKE Sunny summers see many vacationers making Shuswap Lake Park their destination. This water playground is popular alike with sunbathers and swimmers, fishers and boaters, naturalists and hikers. Because of this park’s popularity, and to avoid long waiting delays in summer, all sites are available for reservation. All the sites are suitable for most modern camping units. Group camping area must be booked ahead of time. Campsite reservations are only accepted through discovercamping.ca. The park features, as well as its popular swimming beach, walking and biking trails, including a short self-guiding nature trail. All bikers must by law wear helmets, and all must stay on designated trails in order to avoid damage to natural areas.

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Nearby Copper Island is part of Shuswap Lake Park, and features a 2.8 km scenic hiking trail to beautiful views over the lake. Please stay on the trail in order to preserve the fragile environment of this unique part of the park. Camping and campfires are not permitted on the island. Schedules are posted in various places in the park. To access Shuswap Lake park from the west: travel on the Trans Canada Hwy 10 km west of Chase, cross the Squilax Bridge and travel 18 km to Scotch Creek. The park is 1 km past this community on the north shore of Shuswap Lake. From the east: Squilax Bridge is 40 km west of Salmon Arm on the Trans Canada Hwy. All roads to the park are paved.

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Provincial Park

ADAMS LAKE (BUSH CREEK) Self-sufficient campers appreciate this primitive campsite beside a sandy beach with shallow water on the west shore of beautiful Adams Lake. A gravel boat launch provides boat access to the lake for all manner of water activities. Explore other sandy beaches on the lake, fish for kokanee or trout, water ski, or simply spend time sunning and swimming on the natural beach.

Self-registration is in place, and campers are reminded that only one unit per site is permitted in order to prevent damage to natural vegetation. Access to Adams Lake park is 15 km north of Trans Canada Hwy; turn off at Squilax Bridge, 10 km east of Chase. 11 km paved road, then 4 km gravel. For more information go to BC Parks website.

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CINNEMOUSUN NARROWS The two parts of Cinnemousun Narrows Park border the narrows between the four arms of Shuswap Lake. This park is an ideal place from which to explore the many marine sites on the lake. The long beaches in both parts of the park are popular for swimming and sunbathing, water-skiing and fishing. Located

23 km north of Sicamous at the meeting of the four arms of Shuswap Lake, there is no road access. Two short trails lead into the cool cedar and hemlock forest beyond the campsite, providing interesting views of ancient Shuswap pithouses. A look-out features sweeping views of beautiful

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Seymour and Anstey Arms. For the history buff, two cairns in the park commemorate pioneers of the area. The cairn to Paul Nielsen, an early Shuswap forest ranger, is in the campground, while another at the lighthouse reminds us of Captain Smith whose boat was discovered nearby after he disappeared.

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The Shuswap spirit may also be discovered in its outstanding wineries.

The region’s cool climate wines are produced by six wineries that can compete on par with Canadian

and International wines. The area’s wines include outstanding Gewürztraminers, Merlots, Ortegas, Reislings, and Siegerrebes, just to name a few, which have all won national awards. These wineries are all family run businesses that produce distinctive cool climate wines. A tour of the wineries is a must, you’ll be tastefully surprised! Celista Estate Winery Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from May to the end of October. Wines - three reds and three whites, desert wine and our special fortified wine “Portentous.” All wines are award winners including the double-gold champion “Inspired Madness.” Tours Wednesday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Individual tours for parties of eight or more adults available with prior notice. Enjoy a glass of wine with Belgian chocolates, fresh bread, gourmet cheeses, specialty crackers on our patio overlooking Shuswap Lake. Wines are for sale in our tasting room as well as wine outlets on the North Shore and South Shore of Shuswap Lake, Chase, Kamloops and Salmon Arm. Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery In the heart of the Tappen Valley, and owned by Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff, this Shuswap winery specializes in cool-climate wines, with aromatic whites, full-bodied reds, and dessert wines. Enjoy wine tasting in the uniquely designed Wine Shop at the new Tasting Bar. Drink in the awesome views, and relax in our licensed picnic area. Larch Hills Winery is a land-based, family run vineyard and winery, owned by Jack and Hazel Manser. Their entire product is proudly made from 100 British Columbia grapes. All their wines are made and bottled on our premises at Salmon Arm. They specialize in cool climate grape growing, and have varieties that are generally not available in other parts of BC. We think this makes our wines unique. OVINO vineyards and winery is perched on a bench well above the valley bottom in the Salmon Valley area of the Shuswap region. This small family run operation focuses on producing quality grapes in a sustainable way that they guide into reasonably priced award winning, unique, aromatic wines. Stop by and sample the wines at the wine shop, open from May long weekend daily until Thanksgiving weekend, 11-5. Marionette Winery Come to Marionette and be inspired. Our artisanal wines are crafted to match the beauty and uniqueness of the Shuswap. Marionette winery is the first winery built within the city limits of Salmon Arm. It’s only a couple of minutes away from downtown and just off the Trans Canada highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous. Marionette sits on a gorgeous south facing slope with a panoramic view of Mt. Ida and the southern skies. The vision of Marionette winemakers Jamie Smith and Amanda Eastwood is to create wines that embody the tradition and elegance of old world winemaking which also reflect the outstanding terroirs of British Columbia. Jamie and Amanda both have university degrees in winemaking and learned their craft in the Loire Valley in France and the Alentejo region of Portugal. The Marionette name comes from a theatre troupe that once resided on the Marionette property. They traveled throughout the interior of BC performing live theatre with their own handcrafted marionettes.


PARKS

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SHUSWAP LAKE MARINE PARK In British Columbia’s warm southern interior lies Shuswap Lake with its sky-blue waters and miles of shoreline, with its sandy beaches and rocky headlands. The 26 individual park sites along its shores, together known as Shuswap Marine, have been set aside to provide recreational opportunities for the boating public. Some of the sites are accessible by vehicle, all are accessible by boat. In spite of the number of visitors to this scenic lake each summer, a sense of peace is possible because of the size and shape of Shuswap Lake. There is opportunity to cruise an isolated shoreline, or to fish for Kamloops trout in a quiet secluded bay. Popular with many families are the clean sandy beaches where safe swimming in warm shallow waters is at its best. Shuswap Lake itself takes the shape of a huge ‘H’ sprawling in deep valleys between the rounded mountains of the Shuswap Highlands. At the centre of the ‘H’ and bringing together its four “arms”, are the Cinnemousun Narrows, both shores of which are protected as parkland. The arms of the lake include the Main Arm, Salmon Arm in the south, Anstey Arm towards the east and Seymour Arm reaching into the north. ALBAS

Albas Park is an ideal place to stay while exploring the northern end of Seymour Arm by vehicle or boat. A small camping area at the mouth of Blueberry Creek is situated in a young cedar/hemlock forest, and is accessible only by water. The section of the park at Celista Creek is accessible by both road and water. A 3 km trail begins at Steamboat Bay and follows Celesta Creek upstream, crosses the creek and then returns to the lake. It leads to the beautiful cascades of Celista Falls, and passes by interesting remnants of a bygone logging history. This trail is so popular that the impact of many hikers is doing much damage to a spectacular natural area. Please stay on the trail. Albas is located on the west shore of Seymour Arm on Shuswap Lake, turn off the Trans Canada Hwy at Squilax then drive 50 km east on a paved road then 27 km north on gravel. Serious injuries and deaths have occurred in this area — sharp drop-offs and fast water are hazardous. Use caution and supervise children closely.

COTTONWOOD BEACH

Located on the east shore of the Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake, 11 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows, Cottonwood Beach has camping area with a small beach that features sweeping views of Seymour Arm.

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All Shuswap Marine parks extend into the lake 100 meters from the foreshore. If you plan to camp, moor, beach or dock your boat overnight, a permit must be purchased in advance from a marina, a tourist information centre, the Shuswap Lake Gatehouse, or at Cinnemousun Narrows or Silver Beach Park. If a campfire is in your plans, use only the designated fireplaces at developed sites, and bring your own firewood, or purchase it at Cinnemousun Narrows and Silver Beach Parks. Cutting of living or dead trees is strictly prohibited. Navagation Aids Number 1-800-6672179. Shuswap Lake gatehouse has camping permits for purchase. Bears are occasional visitors to many of the parks of Shuswap Lake. It is important that all food be completely inaccessible to bears, and all garbage safely stowed or taken to designated places for deposit. The lake has a rich history of the people of the Shuswap Nation, evidence of which can be found in ochre pictographs painted on cliffs along the shore, and in the hollows left by winter pit homes that are still visible on some shores. All are protected by law from damage or removal. Caution: because of the size of this lake, waters can become quite rough during high winds. Please practice good boating safety at all times.

ENCOUNTER POINT

Beaching areas are to be found at Encounter Point itself, and at the north and south ends of the park. Located on the west shore of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake 14 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows.

FOWLER POINT

This camping park features gradual beaches on both sides of Fowler Point, which make for easy landing of boats here. Access to Fowler Point is on the west shore of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake, 32 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows.

HERMIT BAY

HUNGRY COVE

Sandy and rocky shores in the bay provide good beaching in this park. Hungry Cove is located 6 km north of Sicamous on the east shore of the northern portion of the Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake.

NIELSEN BEACH

Campers at Cinnemousun Narrows are within easy distance of this gravel beach with a western exposure. In July and August Nielsen Beach attracts significant numbers of commercially rented houseboats, and is located on the east shore of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake adjacent to Cinnemousun Narrows

Beaching areas at the north end of this park are plentiful. Located 9 km north of Sicamous on the west shore of the northern portion of the Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake.

PARADISE POINT

HORSESHOE BAY

POINT MARBLE

A small park on a sheltered bay with gravely beaches. A good beaching site near north shore amenities and near the junction of all four arms of Shuswap Lake. Watch for rocks close to the surface near the point. Horseshoe Bay is located on the north shore of the Main Arm of Shuswap Lake. Marine Access only.

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A small beach park on the sunny side of Salmon Arm. Paradise Point is located on the north shore of the southern portion of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake. Marble Point Park surrounds the headland of Quartzite Point, midway between Sicamous and Cinnemousun Narrows. Unique marble outcroppings give the park its name. Good beaches are found both north and south of the point, and these are joined by a 1.2 km trail through a moss-carpeted forest of cedar and hemlock. Located 12 km north of Sicamous on the east shore of the northern portion of the Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake


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ST. IVES

Located on the north shore of the Main Arm of Shuswap Lake. Turn off the Trans Canada Hwy at Squilax then drive 52 km east on a paved and gravel road. A small camping area with a gravely beach near the junction of all four arms of Shuswap Lake is accessible by marine and road. Avoid camping on the beach in order to provide unobstructed lake views and shoreline access for others. Watch for rocks close to the surface near the point.

SHUSHWAP LAKE EAST

Located 18 km north of Sicamous on the east shore of the northern portion of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake there is a small beach area for day use. Located 18 km north of Sicamous on the east shore of the northern portion of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake there is a small beach area for day use.

TILLIS BEACH

Located 12 km north of Sicamous on the west shore of the northern portion of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake there is a small beaching area for day use.

TWIN BAY

A small day use area with good beaching north and south of the bay. Twin Bay is located on the north shore of Anstey Arm of Shuswap Lake, 8 km northwest of Cinnemousun Narrows.

TWO MILE CREEK

This is the first camping area on Seymour Arm, and is set in a lush forest of Douglasfir, hemlock and birch. The park has a south-facing beach with good mooring but exposure to storms means that caution should be taken by pulling boats well up on the beach. Two Mile Creek is located on the west shore of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake, 25 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows.

WOODS LANDING

Located on the west shore of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake, 6 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows this park is accessible by boat only, for camping or day use.

WRIGHT CREEK

This park, situated at the mouth of Wright Creek, is an attractive day use park. Located on the east shore of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake, 18 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows.

Marine sites within Anstey Hunakwa Provincial Park ANSTEY BEACH

Located at the head of Anstey Arm of Shuswap Lake, 18 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows, this secluded park on the delta of the Anstey River, is surrounded by a forest of large cedars and old cottonwoods. A warm, south-facing camping area features a white sandy swimming beach and views down Anstey Arm. Caution: watch for shallow sandbars and changing lake levels when approaching the beach. West of the park, an easy 1.5 km hiking trail follows Hunakwa Creek through old growth forest to beautiful Hunakwa Lake. Moose, deer, cougar, black bear, and mountain goat inhabit the Monashee wilderness beyond.

ANSTEY VIEW

Anstey View, true to its name, provides great views up and down Anstey Arm. A short trail leads through a forest of Douglas fir, white pine and birch to an old homestead site. Remnants of Shuswap pit houses are evidence of aboriginal winter encampments here. Anstey View park is located on the northwest shore of Anstey Arm of Shuswap Lake, adjacent to Cinnemousun Narrows.

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FOUR MILE CREEK

This beautiful park is set along a sparkling creek that empties into a small bay framed by a mature cedar and hemlock forest. In fall migrating sockeye salmon may be observed in the creek. Located on the southeast shore of Anstey Arm of Shuswap Lake, Four Mile Creek Park is 14 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows.

RENDEZVOUS PICNIC SITE

This attractive picnic area is located on the south end of Anstey Arm West Park. It features beaching access on a small bay. Located on the northwest shore of Anstey Arm of Shuswap Lake, 13 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows.

ROBERTS BAY

This beautiful sandy beach has a terrific view and is tucked into a small bay. It is a great spot for swimming, fishing and waterskiing. No amenities.

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SILVER BEACH By road follow the Squilax Anglemont road to St. Ives on a paved road, then 46 km of logging road to the community of Seymour Arm. By water at the north end of Seymour Arm on Shuswap Lake. At the head of Seymour Arm is located beautiful Silver Beach Park, a summer destination for both visitors who want to relax in the sun, or who enjoy exploring the backcountry. White sandy beaches are popular with boaters, houseboaters and vehicle campers alike. Boaters who approach the park from the water should use caution, as shallow sand bars occur in front of the main beach. A safer, deeper area for approach

and mooring is along the shore towards Bughouse Bay. Canoeists can take a quiet paddle up the nearby Seymour River and often spot otters, beavers, other wildlife, and many species of birds. In late August a salmon run up the river is a spectacle worth seeing. Remnants of Ogden City, a graveyard and what remains of a hotel, date back to goldrush days, and remind the visitor of a time when this part of the park was a flourishing community. At km 6 on the #1100 forestry road, access via a short trail leads to beautiful Seymour Falls. Beyond the park are many hectares of forested backcountry to explore and enjoy.

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Provincial Park MARA

This beautiful little park is situated on the southeast end of Mara Lake16 km south of Sicamous and is a popular stopping place for travelers going north or south on Hwy #97A. Families come for a relaxing day at the lake, or to enjoy the beauty of the cool forest at the lake edge.

Views to Hunters Range and Mount Mara are to the east, while the Larch Hills form a backdrop to the lake on the west. A white sand beach provides access to wonderful swimming in the clear, warm waters of Mara Lake. There is a boat launch in the park and overnight mooring of boats is not permitted.

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RODERICK HAIG-BROWN This park, is named after one of British Columbia’s conservationists, Roderick Haig-Brown. The Adams River here is recognized internationally for its salmon runs and for its fine angling for trout. Every four years in fall, the famous Adam’s River sockeye salmon run brings viewers from all over the world. Millions of red and green spawning salmon crowd the river, vying for places in which to deposit their eggs. During these years BC Parks, the Department of Fisheries & Oceans, and The Adams River Salmon Society, organize the famous Salute to the Sockeye Festival.

Visitors to the park may enjoy the trails along the lower park in many seasons. In summer rafters come down the exciting river on inflated rafts, and hikers of every skill level find trails suitable for their enjoyment. This is a fascinating place to visit at any time of year, but particularly in early October during the run of the Adams River sockeye salmon. Every 4th year is a “dominant” run, with millions of fish to be seen (2018 will be a dominant run). The Adams River Salmon Society coordinate the celebration known as the ‘Salute to the Sockeye’ during

the dominant years. 2019 and 2023 will be “sub-dominant” runs of sockeye. These years often have substantial returns of sockeye and offer excellent viewing opportunities. During the last three weeks of October in years where there isn’t a ‘dominant’ or ‘sub-dominant’ return, a small number of salmon begin their spawning cycle. The best place to view spawning salmon will be in the channel next to the parking lot. Roderick Haig-Brown park is located 11 km northeast of Chase, turn off Trans Canada Hwy at Squilax Bridge, travel 5 km on paved road.

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HERALD Beautiful south-facing beaches attract visitors to this popular park. The site of the former Herald homestead, this park has three distinct camping areas. The lower area on the delta of Reinecker Creek was for seventy years a working farm. The creek meanders through areas shaded by Douglasfir, western red cedar, lodgepole pine and birch. Upstream from the campgrounds is Margaret Falls, a beautiful cataract which can be reached

by a short trail through impressive old cedars and moss-covered cliffs. There is also a longer 2.5 km trail that traverses forested slopes above the falls. Located on the northwest shore of Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake, 13 km east of Hwy #1 at Tappen. There is a boat launch, but no overnight mooring of boats at this park. For more information go to the BC Parks website. Reservations accepted through Discover Camping.

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Welcome to the

Outdoors Capital of Canada Kamloops is that place where you just need to arrive and then allow your inner adventurer guide the way. No rush, no fuss and plenty to do. Enveloped by chiseled hoodoos, the confluence of the Thompson Rivers, over 100 fresh water lakes, and an abundance of sunshine - spend your time in Kamloops doing what’s most important… making memories with those you love the most. First stop – downtown Kamloops! Tree-lined Victoria Street is the heart of the city. Trendy cafes, alfresco dining, farm markets, boutique shopping and the beat of the local arts scene all happens downtown. Check out the Kamloops Art Gallery - a signature downtown locale supporting contemporary and historical visual arts. Pop in on Thursdays for free admission. Make like a local and grab an ice cream cone from Scoopz and head into Riverside Park for free nightly concerts in July and August. The park also hosts Ribfest – a weekend BBQ competition complete with family fun zone, live entertainment and finger licking rib feast the second weekend in August. Want to check out the city from a different view? Hop onboard Kamloops Heritage Railway’s 2141 Steam Locomotive for a trip back in time. Recount Kamloops’ history and tales of the notorious train robber Bill Miner, who in 1906 held up a CP train just east of the city earning him little loot and a lot of jail time!

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The great part of Kamloops is that while enjoying its urban amenities, outdoor adventures happen moments from downtown. Pick up the newly released Tourism Kamloops Trail Guide at the Kamloops Visitor Centre to access over 200km of trail around the city. Be sure to ask about local trail hotspots including Kenna Cartwright Park, Peterson Creek Park, Battle Bluff and McConnell Lake. On water activities offer a cool reprieve during summer months. Rent a stand-up paddle board from Paddle Surfit at two of their BC Parks locations – Paul Lake and Lac Le Jeune – or at their home base at Heffley Lake. Or if casting a line is more your thing, inquire about the

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“Loan a Rod” program offered at the Kamloops Visitor Centre. .Kamloops really is all about family. The BC Wildlife Park, home to over 50 BC indigenous species, offers in-depth animal encounters. Get up close to birds of prey, watch wolves and cougars being fed and meet “Clover”, the only Spirit Bear in human care world-wide. Kids also love the Children’s Museum at the Kamloops Museum & Archives for hands-on learning about the fur trade and Gold Rush eras. Or if a hair-raising adventure is more your style, take a zip over waterfalls with Treetop Flyers or dare to take the ultimate plunge on the Screaming Eagle - drop 100 feet in the air then swoop like an eagle in attack mode at over 80km/h, pulling 2 G’s swinging over 180 feet. Still looking for more? Send us a tweet using #ExploreKamloops or visit www.tourismkamloops. com for more adventures and events. Photo: Andrea Veitch

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Ecological Integrity The most beautiful places, the most diverse living landscapes, the most treasured ecosystems: this is what BC Parks has the privilege of caring for. The focus for BC Parks over the past decade has been expanding our protected area system to what is more than 1,000 protected areas encompassing more than 14% of the province. Now that many regions of the province have protected areas representing the range of natural environments, we now have to look at a framework for managing those protected areas. In 1999, the BC's Park Legacy Panel recommended that BC Parks adopt a new way of thinking about protected area management. This new framework is referred to as Ecological Integrity. Ecological integrity is a way of thinking and acting that makes the ecological needs of an area the primary responsibility of our agency while recognizing the diversity and range of natural, cultural and recreational values in the system. Ecological integrity is a way of

managing that sees maintaining the wholeness of nature in our protected areas as a major priority. Ecological integrity helps us to understand what we need to be aiming at throughout the protected area system. We will know we are successful when: •P  rotected ecosystems are unimpaired by stresses from human activity •N  atural ecological processes are intact and self-sustaining •P  rotected ecosystems evolve naturally and their capacity for self-renewal is maintained, and • The biodiversity of protected ecosystem's (variety of living things) is ensured British Columbia has some of the world's most wonderful places. These are places of great beauty, of great diversity - our natural treasures. Together we must care for these places forever, ensuring that this generation passes along to the next, a system just as beautiful, just as diverse, just as undiminished.

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Provincial Park

McCONNELL LAKE McConnell Lake Park is a day use area that appeals to those looking for a more rustic experience beside a quiet, scenic lake that provides good fishing for Kamloops trout. A perimeter trail provides walking access to the complete lakeshore, a pleasant walk through pine, spruce and fir. Please keep dogs

on a leash, and clean up after your pets. McConnell Lake is near the extensive Stake Lake trail system for hiking and biking, and in winter, cross-country skiing. Just 20 minutes from Kamloops, access is via a paved road from Lac le Jeune Exit on the Coquihalla Hwy #5, or from Kamloops on Lac Le Jeune Road. No overnight camping permitted.

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WALLOPER LAKE Walloper Lake is a pleasant fishing lake, ringed with a cool upland pine forest and situated near Lac le Jeune Park. This day use park is popular with families from nearby centres, and with travelers on busy highways nearby, who are looking for a peaceful stopping place. No overnight camping permitted. Approximately 30 minutes from Kamloops, access paved road from Lac le Jeune Exit on the Coquihalla Hwy.

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Provincial Park

ROCHE LAKE Roche Lake Park protects a complex of 10 lakes in high elevation Douglas fir, spruce and pine forests of the Thompson Plateau. Campers who are interested in good fishing, and enjoy camping in natural surroundings with few amenities, come to scenic Roche Lake country. Roche and other road accessible lakes in the park provide world

class fishing for Kamloops trout. It should be noted that on the south end of Roche Lake, only electric boat motors are permitted. Some other lakes in the area are accessible by primitive routes and trails. 4-wheel drive or other high clearance vehicles and mountain bikes are sometimes necessary modes of transportation.

For more information call (250) 377-8888.Hiking routes lead into several of the lakes. Vehicle accessible, camping areas are Roche Lake North, Roche Lake West and Horseshoe Lake. Roche Lake park is located 36 km southeast of Kamloops and is accessed by a 12 km gravel road off Hwy #5A.

Provincial Park MONCK

Set on the shore of Nicola Lake, Monck Provincial Park offers a wide assortment of recreational activities including camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, water-skiing, windsurfing and hiking. A very popular family-oriented campground in a hot, dry setting this park has very high use during the summer season. In addition to providing recreational opportunities,

Monck protects a ponderosa pine, bunchgrass ecosystem and a volcanic rock cliff landscape. There are archaeological sites including two First Nations pit house depressions in the day use area. There is a pay telephone at the gate office near the entrance to the park. Quiet Hours are 10 pm to 7 am: Music, generator, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours.

Provincial Park

TUNKWA Tunkwa Lake Park is provincially significant for both Tunkwa are asked to respect fences and gates that are its conservation and recreation values. Here on the used to manage the rotational cattle grazing system. southern Thompson Plateau is found a rare combination Popular here are sometimes conflicting recreation of forest and grassland, lakes, wetlands and bogs. uses such as nature study and ATV riding, hiking and Some of the best fishing for rainbow trout in the dirt bike riding. In order to serve the interests that bring province is available in the two largest lakes, Tunkwa visitors to this park, and protect its rich natural values, and Leighton. Trout up to 8 pounds are not uncommon, areas have been set aside for the various activities. and fish exceeding 10 pounds have been reported. Tunkwa now has two separate areas for camping with Spawning trout provide eggs for as many as 40 other horses – at Tunkwa (main) and Leighton North; there is provincial lakes, and trout can be easily observed in the also a day use area there now (at Tunkwa main). Visitors spawning channels. For the bird enthusiast, waterfowl are asked to obey all postings, including those limiting of many kinds can be observed on and around the camping to areas provided with tables and fire rings. lakes. Two herds of wild horses are often seen roaming The park is located midway between Savona and Logan the rolling grasslands that surround the lake. Lake on the southern Thompson Plateau, about 40 km This is ranching country and horseback riding is a southwest of Kamloops. It is accessed via 24 km of paved popular pastime. Trails and backcountry roads often lead road from Savona or 16 km from Logan Lake on the beyond the boundaries of the park. All recreationists in Tunkwa Lake Road. For more information (250) 377-8888. BC Parks Visitor’s Guide 32


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Provincial Park

LAC LE JEUNE Lac le Jeune is an excellent family park with activities for all ages and interest. The higher elevation lake is a cool destination during the heat of summer, and is a picturesque body of water surrounded by lodgepole pine forests. The fishing at Lac Le Jeune has continually been excellent, producing rainbow trout to 3 pounds. The combination of fishing excitement, with the beautiful landscape and

the endless activities makes Lac le Jeune an excellent choice for your family camping adventure. A sandy beach fronts an extensive picnic area, and features a wharf that is disabled accessible. A naturalist’s program will be presented weekdays from mid June to the end of August providing kids with an educational experience and allowing parents a much deserved siesta. Look for postings of weekly

programmes around the park. Hikers and bikers have access to an extensive trail system at nearby Stake Lake, and in winter the Stake Lake trails are a popular groomed cross-country ski trail system. Lac le Jeune park is located 30 minutes from Kamloops, access paved road from Lac le Jeune Exit on the Coquihalla Hwy; 37 km south of Kamloops; 47 km north of Merritt. For more information (250) 377-8888.

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Provincial Park

STEELHEAD Steelhead is a small but attractive park on the shores of both Kamloops Lake and the Thompson River where it leaves the lake. It has a history of early aboriginal use and later pioneer settlement, and is a heritage site of some interest. The local Skeetchestn Indian Band and the Savona Heritage Society cooperate with BC Parks to maintain and enhance the heritage values of Steelhead Park. The park has amenities such as hot showers and hook-ups for water and power at select sites. The power service has been updated to 30-ampere. A beautiful beach is located at the front door of the park as is spectacular trout

and char fishing at the mouth of the river. The park provides access to Kamloops Lake, for water sports as well as for fishing. It provides the visitor with an opportunity to observe an ecosystem unique in Canada, the semi-arid bunchgrass lands of the Interior of British Columbia. This is a fascinating but fragile environment so hikers should take care not to disturb the natural vegetation. Here too in fall wintering tundra and trumpeter swans, as well as other waterfowl, may often be observed at close range. Steelhead park is located 40 km west of Kamloops on Hwy #1. Contact (250) 377-8888.

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Provincial Park

GWYNETH LAKE Gwyneth Lake Park is located approximately 70 kilometres west of Lillooet and 60 kilometres north of Pemberton, accessed from the Hurley Forest Service Road. The park contains a campground with 6 campsites and a pit toilet. All facilities are user-maintained. The park includes a small lake and marsh. It is situated on the

Hurley-Carpenter Lake road tour route from the Lower Mainland and can cater to the destination and day use needs of visitors to the Gold Bridge-Bralorne area and provides opportunities for fishing, camping, picnicking and as a base for hiking and ATV touring in the surrounding area. To preserve vegetation and

ground cover, it is prohibited to gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. The area can accommodate 6 or 7 camping parties. All campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis; reservations are not accepted. There is no fee. There are no other facilities at this park.

Provincial Park

JUNIPER BEACH Juniper Beach Park is a lovely oasis in Thompson Valley sagebrush and cactus country. Situated on a small beach along the Thompson River, it features amenities such as electrical hook-ups and showers. The nearby countryside affords fascinating views of rocky lava outcroppings, deep coulees, and hillsides where wild cactus, rabbitbrush and sagebrush flourish. The river itself is popular with kayakers and canoeists, but inquiries must be made about dangerous rapids in the river. The river beach allows for refreshing swimming in the cold waters of the Thompson.

In season, anglers come here to try their skill and luck at catching trout, salmon and steelhead. Please check fishing regulations for special limits on the Thompson River. Two train lines follow the Thompson River Valley here, and train watching has become a popular activity for young and old alike. For the history buff, Juniper Beach Park is a good place from which to visit nearby historic Hat Creek Ranch. Juniper Beach Park is adjacent to Trans Canada Hwy, 20 km east of Cache Creek.

Provincial Park SKIHIST

The Thompson River Canyon is the dramatic backdrop to this park situated on both sides of the Trans Canada Hwy near Lytton. Skihist Park protects a hot and semi-arid part of British Columbia, and beautiful Ponderosa Pines shade the campsites. It is a favourite stopping place for travelers on the Trans Canada Hwy, for either a short rest above the beautiful Thompson River Canyon, or for a few days camping in this

unique part of the province. An 8 km trail, which begins in the campground, provides excellent views of the valley, and hikers often observe wildlife on this trail through the dry uplands. For rafters and fishers the park is a convenient camping place from which to access the river, where trout, steelhead and salmon are possible in season. Skihist Park is adjacent to the Trans Canada Hwy, 6 km east of Lytton or 80 km south of Cache Creek. www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

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Provincial Park

GOLDPAN Scenic views of the beautiful Thompson River are a feature of this small park on a rocky shoreline. Visitors come here simply to enjoy the beauty of blue-green waters, or to fish for trout, steelhead and salmon in its swift eddies. The river here flows through

some of the driest country in British Columbia, where Rocky Mountain Sheep are at home, and where unique plant communities flourish. Two train lines hug the river through this area, and trainwatching is popular with many of the regular visitors. Goldpan Park

is located adjacent to Trans Canada Hwy, 10 km west of Spences Bridge or 25 km east of Lytton. This is also a popular base camp for visitors enjoying guided river rafting, and exploring the Thompson/Pavilion area. It’s an area rich in geological and human history.

Provincial Park

SOUTH CHILCOTIN MOUNTAINS South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park is a visually spectacular area with mid elevation grasslands, sub alpine and alpine meadows, alpine lakes and mountain peaks. The park encompasses the majority of the more major watersheds of Tyaughton and Gun Creeks, although only one bank of Tyaughton Creek is in the park in the lower section and the lower portion of Gun Creek is outside the park. There are broad valleys and ridges with interconnecting trail systems. Over 200 km of trails through broad valleys, alpine meadows and ridges offer an excellent variety of loop trips of varying difficulty and distances for hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers. Visitors to this park will have an outstanding wilderness experience. Be bear aware. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and viewing spectacular mountain scenery

are the main activities here, as well as wildlife viewing, fishing and skiing in winter. This park lies approximately 150 km north of Whistler and 95 km west of Lillooet. Access from Pemberton is via the Hurley Forest Service Road to Gold Bridge (this road climbs steeply to 1,850 meters and can be very rough) or from Lillooet along Carpenter Lake on Hwy 40. To access the Jewel Bridge trail head, take the Slim Creek FSR (about 7 km east of Gold Bridge on Hwy 40). off Hwy 40 and heads generally north for approximately 12km to the start of the Gun Creek/Spruce Lake Trail at Jewel Creek. Alternatively, visitors can drive to Gun Lake and access this logging road at the east end of the lake. The park may also be accessed by the southeast and east sides via logging and mining roads. Many of these roads require a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Provincial Park

MARBLE CANYON A drive through Marble Canyon on Hwy #99 takes the visitor past impressive limestone cliffs that line the valley on one side, and on the other, past three of the most colourful lakes imaginable. The deep emerald greens, sky blue and turquoise of these lakes are unforgettable. All the lakes are popular fishing lakes for rainbow trout. The park itself is situated on three lakes, Turquoise, Crown, and Pavilion. Access to Crown Lake is easy from many of the sites that 36

are situated in open forest on the lakeshore. The beach is gradual and safe for even small children. The valley affords beautiful views for the scenic photographer, while birds and wildlife are often easy to spot. Nearby to the east is historic Hat Creek Ranch, and westward a scenic drive along the Fraser River to Lillooet, worth every kilometer of the drive. Marble Canyon Park is adjacent to Hwy #99, 40 km west of Cache Creek or 50 km east of Lillooet. For more information (250) 378-5334. BC Parks Visitor’s Guide

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

During the camping season, overnight visitors can now pay at the campground with a self registration system - cash only accepted. Deposit cash in the envelope (change will be provided when attendant arrives if you do not have correct amount), fill out the information and place in the vault provided at the water pump. Please detach the receipt portion and attach to the clip on the picnic table.


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Provincial Park

STEIN VALLEY NLAKA’PAMUX Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park is a large pristine wilderness park protecting the entire Stein River watershed. It has great historical, cultural and spiritual significance to the Lytton First Nations, who assist BC Parks in its management. Ferry across Fraser River at Lytton to access trailhead. Several wilderness trails accessible by logging roads from Lillooet and Duffey Lake. Here the backcountry hiker may explore river canyons, ascend majestic mountains, and camp on high alpine meadows beside glacier fed lakes. A 75 km trail runs the entire length of the Stein River Valley. Additional trails into side drainage’s total approximately another 75 km of backcountry trails. Eleven wilderness campsites along the main trail provide primitive sites, pit toilets, and bear caches. Primary access is from the eastern end of the park, with secondary access from Lizzie Lake on the west side or from the Duffy Lake road for the north side of the park. Beyond the main trail the backpacker must wilderness camp, TRAIL CONDITIONS:

and hikers are reminded that no fires are allowed in the park, and that all are expected to follow the precepts of no trace camping. Fishing for trout is exciting in the lower Stein, and kayakers come to test their skills in this mountain stream. There are hand launch sites in various places along the river, and kayakers are reminded that the Stein is rated as an expert river. Trails range in difficulty from easy to extreme, and weather conditions in this mountain park may change dramatically without warning. Visitors to the Stein are urged to inform themselves of conditions before embarking on trails or routes. In most locations of the park you will be several days from any form of help. Bring a good first aid kit and exercise caution. Trail Updates: Lytton Trail Head: Take the ferry from Lytton across the Fraser River. The Ferry is closed for periods in the spring due to high water. Please check the Drive BC website for the most current information regarding

Trailhead to Suspension Bridge: This 13 km section of trail has 5 campsite locations along it. Each location contains a steel bear-proof food cache and a user-maintained pit toilet. School groups: please register online. Suspension Bridge to Stein Lake: Low-lying areas between Suspension Bridge and Ponderosa may be brushy. There was a new cable car installed to replace the old Rutledge Crossing. The new crossing is located about 300m upstream of the old crossing. Please follow the new trail upstream to access the new cable car. Stein Lake to Tundra Lake: Expect to encounter many deadfalls and erosion along this steep and difficult section of trail. Use caution and allow lots of travel time. Expect to cross snow and encounter snowfalls even during late summer. The route around Tundra Lake is very rough and takes about 2 - 4 hours from the boundary to the north east end of the lake during normal late summer/early fall conditions. Camping facilities (backcountry toilet and food cache) have been installed on a knoll in the north east corner of the lake where there is a good water source. Net elevation gain of about 1100 meters (3600 feet) from Stein Lake to the park boundary near Tundra Lake, and a net loss of about 700 meters (2200 feet) from

the Lytton ferry. (click on ‘Inland ferry,’click to Lytton ferry, then click on current conditions and events! A gravel road leads to the trailhead north of the ferry. Alternative access from Lillooet via Texas Creek / N. Spencer Roads. Blowdown Pass: Snow covered. The first 10 km of the Blowdown Creek FSR is rough in places but 2WD. The final 5 km, starting at the “Branch 6” turn, is a very rough 4WD road. Most visitors park their vehicles at the 10 km mark. Lizzie Lake: Lizzie Lake Forest Service Road blocked by 4 slides, the first of which is approx. 1 km from Lillooet Lake. Please contact the Squamish Forest District or check their website for current conditions on this road (Lizzie Lake is approximately 10 km from the first washout). Approx. 12 km hike to the park boundary during normal mid to late summer conditions from Lizzie Lake (approx. 700 meters or 2200 foot net elevation gain from parking lot at Lizzie Lake to park boundary). The road is becoming overgrown.

there to the Lizzie Lake parking lot. Very strenuous travelling in either direction. Water is available at Tundra Lake, Puppet Lake and the Stein River only. There are unreliable snowmelt streams at some points along the ridge. Do not underestimate the length of time and effort required to traverse this section of trail. This route should be considered only by experienced backpackers. Route finding skills are a necessity as many of the rock cairns marking the trail have fallen. White-out conditions can occur even during mid-summer. Cottonwood Creek Campsite to Blowdown Pass: The section from the Stein River to Cattle Valley Creek is difficult. Be prepared for steep ascents and descents and side sloping. This section was severely damaged by the forest fire. Very steep ascent to Unnecessary Knob just north of Cottonwood Creek campsite and trail may be difficult to follow in sections. There are bridge crossings over the north fork of Cottonwood Creek and Cattle Valley Creek. This 29 km section of trail has 1 developed campsite along it (North Fork Cottonwood Creek) with a steel bear-proof food cache and pit toilet. The final ascent (5.5km) from the Silver Queen Mine turn off to Blowdown Pass is along an old road and easy to manage.

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BC SPCA warns about Hot Dogs

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With warm weather approaching, the BC SPCA is urging the public to protect their dogs against common summer safety hazards. Hundreds of dogs die needlessly every year because well-meaning owners let them ride in the back of pick-up trucks or leave them unattended in parked cars while they run errands, says Lorie Chortyk, General Manager of Community Relations for the BC SPCA. The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill a pet. In just minutes, the temperature in a parked car can climb to well over 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). Dogs have no sweat glands, so they cool themselves by panting and by releasing heat through their paws. On summer days the hot air and upholstery in a vehicle can make it impossible for pets to cool themselves. Dogs can withstand high temperatures for only a very short time - usually just 10 minutes before suffering irreparable brain damage or death. If you’re used to letting your dog accompany you on errands, you might feel guilty leaving him behind on hot summer days. But your dog will be much happier - and safer – at home, with shade and plenty of fresh cool water, Chortyk says. Another danger to dogs is letting them ride in the back of pick-up trucks. Although it may seem like your dog enjoys it, this practice could cost your dog its life. If you hit a bump, swerve unexpectedly, or brake suddenly the dog could easily be thrown or fall out of your truck. If not injured or killed by the fall, your dog may be hit by another vehicle. Cars swerving to miss your dog may even cause other accidents for which you could be liable. Simply tying your dog in the truck bed is not a solution. Ropes and leashes become nooses should the dog be jolted from the truck. Instead, use a protective kennel secured to the centre of the truck bed, or let your best friend ride safely in the cab with you. 38

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