This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park and Protected Area
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
September 12, 2017: Construction-related Park Closure September 13, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm
Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Whudujut Provincial Park and Protected Area will be closed on September 13, 2017 from 9 am until 4 pm for public safety. During this time BC Parks in partnership with the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club, will operate a helicopter to sling in bridge spans and other materials in support of construction activities planned for the fall season.
Several upgrades to the trail system are planned, to improve visitor experience and better protect the unique ecosystem.
Washroom facilities are available ten minutes east of the park at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) rest stop at Dome Creek.
Thank you for your cooperation.
- Please check www.drivebc.ca for up-to-date traffic advisories in the area.
About This ParkThe Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area is British Columbia’s newest park and is quickly becoming one of the “must do” parks to see and hike in British Columbia.
Nestled in the traditonal territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, the Park protects a portion of the only inland temperate rainforest in the world. Hiking the Ancient Forest trail will bring you past thousand year old western redcedars and a rich biodiversity of plants, mosses, lichens and fungi.
The 450 metre long universal access boardwalk provides the opportunity for people with all abilities to experience this majestic area. Another 2.3 km of boardwalk provides access to magnificent “Big” Tree, Tree Beard, Radies Tree and a beautiful cascading waterfall.
- No overnight camping is allowed at the Ancient Forest parking lot or the Driscoll Ridge parking lot. Overnight camping is available at Purden Lake Provincial Park located 50 km west of the Ancient Forest / Chun T’oh Whudujut Park.
- Smoking is not allowed on the Ancient Forest trails.
- Pets must be kept on a leash.
- Campfires are not permitted.
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
Established Date: May 19, 2016 for the park and June 13, 2016 for the protected area.
Park Size: 11,190 hectares
Location and Maps
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
This park and associated hiking trails are located midway between Prince George and McBride on Highway 16. It is about 115 km east of PG on Highway 16 and 103 km west of McBride. The nearest cities are Prince George and McBride.
Nature and Culture
- Conservation: Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park is situated within the interior wetbelt of British Columbia. Western redcedar up to 5 metres in diameter and perhaps 2000 years old can be experienced along the boardwalk. Over 400 plants species also call the Ancient Forest home. The Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park also protects rare and endangered plants species such as the Joe-Pye Weed and many others.
- Cultural Heritage: Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park is located within the Lheidli T’enneh traditional territory. The Lheidli T’enneh people would visit the stands from summer fishing camps along the upper Fraser River.
- Management Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
PartnershipsThis park is maintained by the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club from Prince George. Support for the Ancient Forest and the Caledonia Ramblers can be directed to: the Caledonia Ramblers Trust – Friends of the Ancient Forest at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/caledonia-ramblers-trust-friends-of-the-ancient-forest/ or the Park Enhancement Fund at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/partnerships/pef.html
Lheidli T’enneh partners with BC Parks to protect this area and ensure the values of this area are maintained for future generations.
Activities Available at this Park
- The Universal Access Trail is approximately 450 metres long (one way). The boardwalk will enable visitors in wheelchairs, those with other mobility or mental health challenges, and everyone else to experience the only inland temperate rainforest in the world that is so far from the ocean.
- Ancient Forest Boardwalk Trail is 2.3 km long and provides users with a close look at the unique inland temperate rainforest of British Columbia.
- Driscoll Ridge Trail is a strenuous trail 15.5 km long loop which brings you to the ridge line on the south side of the park. This trail should only be attempted by experienced, well prepared hikers, in good physical conditon.