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BC PARKS Visitors Guide


Knouff Lake Knouff Lake Camping Resort Camping Resort

A Year Round Facility for Sportsmen & Vacationers

A Year Round Facility for Sportsmen & Vacationers

CAMPSITES CAMPSITES DAILY W/HOOKUP - $35

DAILY W/HOOKUP DAILY NO HOOKUP - $25 - $30 DAILY NO HOOKUP - $20 SANI DUMP - $8 SANI DUMP - $8 DAY RATES $5/DAY PER PERSON DAY RATES $5/DAY PER PERSON

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Lamberton’s Knouff Lake Resort Lamberton’s Knouff Lake Resort 40 MINUTES NORTH OF 40 KAMLOOPS • 9608 KNOUFF LAKE ROAD LAKE ROAD MINUTES NORTH OF KAMLOOPS • 9608 KNOUFF PH: 250-578-8155 • TOLL FREE: 1-888-562-0555 • FAX: 250-578-8683 PH: 250-578-8155 • TOLL FREE: 1-888-562-0555 WWW.KNOUFFLAKE.COM WWW.KNOUFFLAKE.COM


BC Parks PASSPORT PROGRAM 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 trip-planning, 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 high-tech 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.

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Lac du Bois

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Paul Lake

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North Thompson River

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PLAYGROUND

SHOWERS

HIKING / WALKING

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FISHING

SWIMMING

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WILDERNESS / WALK IN CANOEING

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Wells Gray 4a - Clearwater River Corridor (3 campgrounds) 4

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4b - Clearwater Azure marine

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4c - Backcountry 4e - Murtle Lake

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4f - Mahood Lake

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Bridge Lake

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Niskonlith Lake

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Adams Lake (Bush Creek)

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Tsu’tswecw (Roderick Haig-Brown)

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Herald

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Mara

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Cinnemousum Narrows

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Silver Beach

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Shuswap Lake

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Shuswap Lake Marine

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Anstey Hunakwa

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McConnell Lake

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Lac le Jeune

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Roche lake

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Walloper Lake

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Monck

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Steelhead

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Juniper Beach

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Marble Canyon

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Goldpan

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Skihist

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Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage

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Gwyneth Lake Park

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South Chilcotin Mountains Park

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Parks of the

THOMPSON REGION

PARKS OF THE NORTH

PARKS OF THE SOUTH

1 - Lac du Bois 2 - Paul Lake 3 - North Thompson River 4 - Wells Gray

17 - McConnell Lake 18 - Lac le Jeune 19 - Roche Lake 20 - Walloper Lake 4a -Clearwater River Corridor 21 - Monck 4b - Clearwater/Azure Marine 22 - Tunkwa 4c - Murtle Lake 4d - Mahood Lake

5 - Bridge Lake

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PARKS OF THE WEST

6 - Niskonlith Lake 7 - Adams Lake 8 - Tsu’tswecw (Roderick Haig-Brown) 9 - Herald 10 - Mara 11 - Cinnemousun Narrows 12 - Silver Beach 13 - Shuswap Lake 14 - Shuswap Lake Marine 15 - Anstey Hunakwa

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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Gold Bridge

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Sicamous

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BRITISH COLUMBIA PARKS

THOMPSON NICOLA GUIDE Design and Production by Kamloops This Week Operations Manager: Tim Shoults Sales: Ray Jolicoeur Design: Lee Malbeuf 1365B Dalhousie Dr. Kamloops, BC V2C 5P6 P: 250-374-7467 | F: 250-374-1033 E: sales@kamloopsthisweek.com

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Please Note: Do not use this map for navigational purposes. Some of the markers are off from real locations

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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 morning from August

THIS IS HOME, TREAT IT WITH CARE: • 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 USE GOOD JUDGEMENT: • 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. 6

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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 Provincial Parks. 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.

DO NOT CAUSE STRESS IN BEARS BY THESE ACTIVITIES: • Approaching or cornering, following or chasing. •H  erding bears into a better scene • Throwing objects or calling out to change behaviour •D  irect 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 TAKE SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS FOR CHILDREN: •C  hildren 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: •F  eeding 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. •F  eeding leads to eating garbage. Bear eat wrappers, cans and bottle caps, destroying their digestive systems. •E  ating human foods can cause, among other things, tooth decay, gum infection and ulcers in bears.


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: • Protected ecosystems are unimpaired by stresses from human activity • Natural ecological processes are intact and selfsustaining • Protected 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 on 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.

CAMPING ETHICS AND REGULATIONS:

• Barbecues must be used on the ground unless barbecue attachments are provided on picnic tables. • 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. • Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings and may not be permitted in all parks. • 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. • Liquor consumption and smoking (including cannabis and vaping) is prohibited anywhere in the park with the exception of your campsite. • Parking is permitted only in designated areas and on the gravel portion of campsites. Parking is not permitted on roadsides. • Pets must be on a leash while in the park and are not permitted in the day-use area or on the beach. • Swimming areas protect swimmers within marker buoys. All watercraft and water-skiers must stay outside markers. Lifeguards are not in attendance. • Tents and equipment must remain on the gravel portion of your campsite. • Trees and shrubs are easily damaged; do not use them for roasting 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 plant life. • Vehicles used in parks must be licensed and operated by licensed drivers. • Visitors must leave by 11:00 p.m. Only registered campers are allowed in the campsite after 11:00 p.m.

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 www.gov.bc.ca/bcparks.

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SPCA WARNS ABOUT HOT DOGS 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.

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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.


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

Casey Macaulay 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.

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 at 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. The park also provides a disabled access fishing wharf for

Jeff Putnam public use near the beach, for those that may not have access to a water craft. A trail leads from the campground to prominent Gibraltar 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 Highway 5, then 19 km northeast on the paved Pinantan Lake Road.

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 Highway 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, bull trout 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 250-587-2090 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 Centre which works together with the Chamber of Commerce in Clearwater will have what you need. Situated right on the highway, the centre’s 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.

WELLS GRAY-CLEARWATER RIVER CORRIDOR Wells Gray Park is a vast, untamed and basic wilderness of more than half a million hectares, bordered on the east and north by mountains, and on the west by upland plateau. This varied and pristine wilderness area can best be accessed from the Clearwater River Valley known as “The Corridor”. Travel north from Highway 5 on the Clearwater Valley Road to access the Wells Gray Corridor. A tremendous variety of superb scenery can be accessed by trail or by road from the Corridor. Flower covered alpine meadows, lush green forested valleys, snow covered peaks, cliffs and waterfalls, all are found within driving or hiking distance in the Corridor. Clearwater lake, two large rivers, numerous small lakes and streams, waterfalls by the dozen, rapids, cataracts, extinct volcanoes, lava beds and mineral springs are all a part of this rich complex. Wildlife is abundant and diverse, from 10

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small mammals and birds to caribou, moose, black and grizzly bear. Bears are most often seen in the Corridor in spring when lush growth on roadsides brings them into view. Visitors are urged to stay in their cars and keep moving, as the bears are vulnerable and can be dangerous when they become habituated to human presence. Fishing is popular in Clearwater and Azure Lakes, as well as in the Clearwater and Mahood Rivers. Visitors must consult the annual fishing synopsis for specific restrictions pertaining to Wells Gray Park. In the fall of each year Chinook salmon return to the Clearwater and may be observed leaping at several cataracts in their attempt to reach the upper parts of the river. Canoeing, kayaking, and rafting are all premiere experiences on the lakes and streams of the Corridor. With over 400 km of trails that vary

from wide paths to wilderness routes, the hiker, biker and horseback rider can choose from short valley hikes to treks into the alpine that take any number of days. Backcountry hikers are urged to practise leave-no-trace camping etiquette wherever they go. Access to the park is off Highway 5 in Clearwater. From the Information Centre turn north, the park entrance is located 10 km up the Clearwater Valley Rd. From the Information Centre turn north, the first park entrance is located 10 km up the Clearwater Valley Road, at Spahats Falls. After passing some private properties you enter Wells Gray again at km 38 on the Clearwater Valley Road. This road continues all the way to Clearwater Lake, which is approximately 66 kms from Clearwater. The road ends at Clearwater Lake but those with a boat can venture further into the park.


WELLS GRAY-CLEARWATER I 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. 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 Highway 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 GREY - 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 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

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.

WELLS GRAY - 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, 76 km of paved and gravel roads along the south shore of Canim Lake on the Canim-Hendrix Lake rd. or via 57 km of gravel

road from the interlakes corner on Highway 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 Sylvia and Goodwin Falls, as the Mahood rushes towards its joining with the larger river. 11 www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks


WELLS GREY - TRAIL UPDATES AND CAMPING OPPORTUNITIES BC Parks offers five 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 four campgrounds in Wells Gray Provincial Park: Pyramid (68 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, riverrafting, 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): Vehicleaccessible 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

WELLS GRAY-BACKCOUNTRY Beyond the relatively accessible areas along the Clearwater River Corridor, at Murtle Lake, (access from Blue River off Highway 5 - 24 km of gravel Rd.) and at Mahood Lake, (Access is either via 76 km of paved and gravel roads along the south shore of Canim Lake on the Canim-Hendrix Lake rd. or via 57 km of gravel road from the interlakes corner on Highway 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

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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. 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

concession managed by the Park Facility Operator. Trophy Mountain: Approximately 6900 hectares 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

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 Highway 5. Mahood Lake access is via 76 km of secondary road from 100 Mile House on Highway 97, or off Highway 24. Murtle Lake access is via 24 km of gravel road from Blue River on Highway 5. Facilities are limited to designated camping sites in a few remote areas and several pit toilets and bear caches.


BRIDGE LAKE This high elevation Cariboo Plateau park on the shores of beautiful Bridge Lake is a popular stopping place for people travelling Highway 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 Highway 24. For more information contact BC Parks website or parkinquiries@telus.net.

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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 basic 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 Highway. For more information go to the BC Parks website.

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

TSU’TSWECW ( RODERICK HAIG-BROWN) Tsu’tswecw (choo-chweck) is named after the Secwepmec Indigenous word meaning “many tributaries”. 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 Adams 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 fourth year is a “dominant” run, with millions of fish to be seen (2022 will be a dominant run). The Adams River Salmon Society coordinate the celebration known as the ‘Salute to the Sockeye’ during the 14

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Ken Cook 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. Tsu’twecw park is located 11 km northeast of Chase, turn off the Trans Canada Highway at Squilax Bridge and travel 5 km on paved road.


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 70 years a working farm. The creek meanders through areas shaded by Douglas fir, 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 Highway 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.

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 Highway 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.

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 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.

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 gold rush 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. 15 www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks


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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

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order to avoid damage to natural areas. 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. To access Shuswap Lake park from the west: travel on the Trans Canada Highway 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 Highway. All roads to the park are paved.


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 Lake Marine Park, 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. All Shuswap Marine parks extend into the lake 100 metres 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

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 Highway 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. 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 Indigenous winter encampments here. Anstey View park is located on the northwest shore of Anstey Arm of Shuswap Lake, adjacent to Cinnemousun Narrows. 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.

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 practise 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 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. HORSESHOE BAY 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. 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. www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

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PARADISE POINT 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. POINT MARBLE 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 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. ST. IVES Located on the north shore of the Main Arm of Shuswap Lake. Turn off the Trans Canada Highway 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 Douglas-fir, 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.

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ANSTEY HUNAKWA Anstey Hunakwa Provincial Park includes a variety of landscapes at the north end of Shuswap Lake. It extends from the shore of the lake to alpine environments on mountain tops. There are extensive areas of old-growth forest in the Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir and Interior CedarHemlock zones. Included in the park are two lakes that cannot be reached by road (a rarity in the Shuswap area) – Hunakwa Lake and Wright Lake. The north end of Anstey Arm is more accessible (but only by boat), and is valued for its recreational opportunities (sandy beaches) and salmon habitat.

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. 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 BEACH Anstey Arm West Park. It features beaching access on a Located at the head of Anstey Arm of Shuswap Lake, 18 km small bay. Located on the northwest shore of Anstey Arm of north of Cinnemousun Narrows, this secluded park on the Shuswap Lake, 13 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows. delta of the Anstey River, is surrounded by a forest of large cedars and old cottonwoods. A warm, south-facing camping WRIGHT CREEK This park, situated at the mouth of Wright Creek, is an area features a white sandy swimming beach and views attractive day use park. down Anstey Arm. Located on the east shore of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Caution: watch for shallow sandbars and changing lake levels when approaching the beach. West of the park, an easy Lake, 18 km north of Cinnemousun Narrows.

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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 Highway 5, or from Kamloops on Lac Le Jeune Road. No overnight camping permitted.

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

Laura Doan experience and allowing parents a much deserved siesta. Look for postings of weekly programs 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 Highway 37 km south of Kamloops; 47 km north of Merritt. For more information call park operators 250-377-8888.

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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 basic routes and trails. 4-wheel drive or other high clearance vehicles and mountain bikes are sometimes necessary modes of transportation.

For more information call park operators 250-3778888. 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 Highway 5A.

WALLOPER LAKE Walloper Lake is a pleasant fishing lake, ringed with a cool upland pine forest and situated near Lac le Jeune Provincial 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 Highway.

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, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours.

the lakes. Two herds of wild horses are often seen roaming the rolling grasslands that surround the lake. This is ranching country and horseback riding is a popular pastime. Trails and backcountry roads often lead beyond the boundaries of the park. All recreationists in Tunkwa are asked to respect fences and gates that are used to manage the rotational cattle grazing system. Popular recreational activities here are nature study, ORV riding, hiking and dirt bike riding. In order to serve the interests that bring visitors to this park, and protect its rich natural values, areas have been set aside for the various activities. Tunkwa now has two

separate areas for camping with horses – at Tunkwa (main) and Leighton North; there is also a day use area there now (at Tunkwa main). Visitors are asked to obey all postings, including those limiting camping to areas provided with tables and fire rings. The park is located midway between Savona and Logan Lake on the southern Thompson Plateau, about 40 km southwest of Kamloops. It is accessed via 24 km of paved road from Savona or 16 km from Logan Lake on the Tunkwa Lake Road. A pay telephone is located in the park. For more information call park operators 250-377-8888.

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, wind-surfing and hiking. A very popular family-oriented campground

TUNKWA Tunkwa Lake Park is provincially significant for both its conservation and recreation values. Here on the southern Thompson Plateau is found a rare combination of forest and grassland, lakes, wetlands and bogs. Some of the best fishing for rainbow trout in the province is available in the two largest lakes, Tunkwa and Leighton. Trout up to 8 pounds are not uncommon, and fish exceeding 10 pounds have been reported. Spawning trout provide eggs for as many as 40 other provincial lakes, and trout can be easily observed in the spawning channels. For the bird enthusiast, waterfowl of many kinds can be observed on and around

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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 Indigenous use and later pioneer settlement, and is a heritage site of some interest. The local Skeetchestn Indian Band and the Savona Heritage Society collaborate with BC Parks to maintain and enhance the heritage values of Steelhead Park. The park has amenities such

as hot showers and hookups 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 Highway 1. For information call park operators 250-377-8888.

MARBLE CANYON A drive through Marble Canyon on Highway 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.

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The park itself is situated on three lakes: Turquoise, Crown, and Pavilion. Access to Crown Lake is easy from many of the sites that 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 kilometre of the drive. Marble Canyon Park is adjacent to Highway 99, 40 km west of Cache Creek or 50 km east of Lillooet. For more information 250 377-8888 or parkinquiries@telus.net. 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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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 the Trans Canada Highway, 20 km east of Cache Creek.

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 train-watching is popular with many of the regular visitors. Goldpan Park is located adjacent to the Trans

Canada Highway, 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.

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

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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 cultural, spiritual, and historical significance to the Lytton First Nation who co-manage the park with BC Parks via the Stein Co-Management Board. Ferry across the Fraser River at Lytton to access the trailhead. Several wilderness trails are 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. The main traverse is approximately 80 km in length (within the park) with a total of 140 km to the Lizzie Lake area. There are additional wilderness routes in a few of the side drainages but they are not regularly maintained. Thirteen wilderness campgrounds along the main E-W trail provide basic campsites, pit toilets, and bear caches. Primary access/egress is from the eastern end of the park (close to Lytton) with secondary access/egress from the Lizzie Lake area on the west side. Access/egress along the north side of the park is accessible via the Duffey Lake Road but these routes are not maintained. When visiting the Stein, hikers are to stay on the main trail. Camping is permitted in the campgrounds and NO CAMPFIRES are allowed in the park. The Stein is a wilderness park that provides for 28

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picnicking, hiking, camping, and wildlife/nature viewing within a unique cultural and spiritual context. Please stick to the main trail to help protect the diverse values. Trails range in difficulty from easy to extreme and weather conditions in this wilderness area can change dramatically without warning. Visitors to the Stein are urged to inform themselves of conditions before heading out. Once a hiker is beyond the first two campgrounds from the Lytton trailhead, outside emergency assistance is limited and/or many hours away. Be properly prepared before your trip including having proper communications because cell service is severely limited. Conditions of the trail networks and facilities are always changing in this wilderness park. To be informed with the most up-to-date information, including a current Trail Report, please visit the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park page of the BC Parks website at www.env.gov.bc.ca/ bcparks. When in the park, ensure to follow the guidance of any signage, information provided by the Stein Wardens (Lytton First Nation members), and any Park Rangers (BC Parks). Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park, since December 2017, has been included on the tentative list for World Heritage Designation (UNESCO) - please see more information at whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/6341/


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SKIHIST The Thompson River Canyon is the dramatic backdrop to this park situated on both sides of the Trans Canada Highway 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 Highway, 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 Highway, 6 km east of Lytton or 80 km south of Cache Creek.

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 ORV 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 six or seven 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.

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

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 30 BC Parks Visitors Guide

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Hurley Forest Service Road to Gold Bridge (this road climbs steeply to 1,850 metres and can be very rough) or from Lillooet along Carpenter Lake on Highway 40. To access the Jewel Bridge trail head, take the Slim Creek FSR (about 7 km east of Gold Bridge on Highway 40). off Highway 40 and heads generally north for approximately 12 km 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. Persons visiting South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park are reminded that the park is a wilderness area, without staffed facilities or regular ranger patrols. Visitors should be selfsufficient and ready for any type of weather conditions. Weather conditions can change suddenly in this area and storms with snow are common at higher elevations in the summer.


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