West Chilcotin has several Provincial Parks, of which Tweedsmuir
is the largest. A portion of the Itcha/Ilgachuz
ranges were recently given park status and Tsy'los Park near Chilko
Lake has also been designated in just the last few
All the parks allow hiking, horses and cross country skiing, with
limited access to four wheelers and floatplanes.
All three are considered isolated wilderness with infrequent patrols
in Tweedsmuir, and should be accessed with care.
Tweedsmuir Park has an extensive network of hiking trails and
the Rainbow Mountains, sporting vibrant reds and yellows
from age old volcanic activity make for a spectacular hike or
trail ride, as do the Itcha/Ilgachuz Mountains. There is an
abundance of wildlife in all the parks offering great opportunity
for photos. Canoing on some of the alpine lakes such as
the Turner Lake Chain above Hunlen Falls, Lonesome or Wilderness
Lake, or riding a raft down some of the rivers are
popular past times. Hike or trail ride for weeks into miles of
wilderness without ever seeing another person besides your
companions. Mountain ski the Monarch glacier or go heli-skiing
out of Bella Coola. Drop a fly into any of the alpine lakes
or the Dean River for a fighting Rainbow Trout or fish for Salmon
on the Atnarko River. The possibilites are truly endless.
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