Provincial Park (s) in the Area

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Ts’yl-os Provincial Park

Hiker -Provincial ParkIn Ts’yl-os Provincial Park (pronounced sigh-loss), experienced hikers can undertake a four to six day loop trek through the Yohetta Valley, Spectrum Pass and Tchaikazan Valley. This excellent day hike has an elevation gain of 2,400 feet. Since Ts’yl-os is a wilderness park with limited services, all hikers should be experienced in the backcountry and well equipped for route finding, first aid and survival conditions. The chance of encountering bears is much higher in Ts’yl-os Park than elsewhere in this region.

Big Creek Provincial Park

Big Creek Provincial ParkBig Creek Provincial Park is located only 100km south-west of Williams Lake as the crow flies. The park’s landscapes vary from dramatic mountains and alpine lakes in the south, to gentler volcanic hills and lava formations, to the flat, forested Chilcotin Plateau in the north.

The spectacular scenery in the south makes it a popular destination for horseback riding, backpacking, wildlife viewing and mountaineering. Because of the park’s remoteness, visitors must be experienced in backcountry travel and completely self-sufficient. This park teems with wildlife: You might see mountain goats, California bighorn sheep, moose or predators such as wolves, black and grizzly bears.

South Chilcotin Mountain Park

Leckie Falls -Provincial ParkThis protected area lies approximately 150km north of Whistler and 95 km west of Lillooet. Contained within the park area the entire watersheds of the Leckie and Lizard Creeks and significant portions of the Gun, Tyaughton and Upper Relay watersheds. It is representative of the north/south biogeoclimatic transition and the ecological transition between coastal/interior and temperate/boreal habitats. Spruce Lake, the jewel of the South Chilcotin Mountain Park, is located in the centre of the South Chilcotin Mountain Park.

The protected area contains basalts, sedimentary formations and interesting landforms such as Mount Sheba and Castle Peak. Mid-elevation grasslands of bluebunch wheatgrass. Western limits of Ponderosa Pine are found in Tyaughton and Gun Creeks. Rich fossils are located in Tyaughton Creek and Castle Peak area and highly valued by the scientific community.

Nuntsi Provincial Park

This park, located northeast of Chilko Lake in the Chilcotin Plateau, was established to protect valuable moose habitat. It encompasses abundant wetlands and small lakes.

Activities present in the area before the park’s creation, and still permitted today, include hunting, trapping and cattle grazing. The historical importance of these uses is recognized, and there is a commitment in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land-Use Plan to ensuring such activities continue at existing levels.

Homathko River – Tatlayoko Protected Area

Homathko River – Tatlayoko Protected Area comprises 17,575 hectares of diverse landscape, incorporating low elevation coastal rainforests and wetlands. Unique features of the surrounding area include the spectacular Waddington Canyon on the Homathko River, extensive icefields and the aquamarine Tatlayoko Lake, with its impressive mountain backdrop. The protected area also incorporates valuable wildlife habitat, including Mosley Creek wetlands and valley migration corridors through the Coast Range.

Churn Creek Protected Area

Churn Creek Protected Area includes some of British Columbia’s rarest ecosystems — low, middle and high elevation bunchgrass grasslands. This unique and fragile landscape provides habitat for a diversity of rare flora and fauna. These grasslands can be viewed and accessed on existing cow trails and old roads. However, the trails are unmarked and unmaintained. The protected area abuts the west bank of the Fraser River, just south of Gang Ranch. Provincial Park, Provincial Park, Provincial Park, Provincial Park, Provincial Park