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Bear Island Conservancy

About This Conservancy

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Bear Island Conservancy is a small, 317 hectare protected area on the shores of Babine Lake.

The conservancy was established in 2008 after recommendation from the Morice Land and Resource Management Plan. The Conservancy encompasses approximately 4 km of lakeshore and two islands (Bear & Cub). Part of the Conservancy was a former Forest Service Recreation Site.

This site continues to be maintained as a vehicle accessible campground popular with people who enjoy fishing on Babine Lake, especially during the August Sockeye fishery.

Safety Information:
  • The road into the campground is a steep gravel road. Large RVs may have difficulty getting back up the road under some conditions.
  • The Conservancy campground is in a wilderness area that is also home to bears. Please keep a clean campsite and educate yourself on bear safety.
  • Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
Established Date: May 23, 2008

Conservancy Size: 317 ha

Location

Bear Island Conservancy is located approximately 5 km north of the Village of Granisle on the shores of Babine Lake and is 60 km east of Smithers.

From the Village of Granisle, head north for 4.5 km on Topley Landing Road (gravel road along Babine Lake). Turn right and follow the campground road for about 200m to the campground. Nearest communities: Granisle, Topley, Smithers, Houston, and Burns Lake.
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Nature and Culture

  • Cultural Heritage: This Conservancy lies within the traditional territory of the Nat’oot’en Nation.
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Activities Available at this Conservancy

Canoeing

Canoeing

Boating on Babine Lake is a popular activity. Babine Lake is a large lake that can rapidly develop large waves. Small boats should use caution if venturing far from shore.

There is no boat launch at this Conservancy, but a public boat launch is available at Granisle. The Conservancy does have good landing sites for boats.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Swimming

Swimming

Babine Lake is a large, cold lake. Swimming is usually limited to the warmest months of the year (July & August).
There is no lifeguard on duty.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The main wildlife viewing opportunity is birding along the lakeshore or on the islands.
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Facilities Available at this Conservancy

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are permitted. While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Campfire rings are provided at each campsite. Visitors must provide their own firewood. Please do not collect firewood from inside the Conservancy.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There is no designated day-use/picnic area, but visitors are welcome to picnic in unoccupied campsites.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite reservations are not accepted. Camping is available in the snow-free season (May through October). There are 6 rustic campsites, all within 100m of the lake.