Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park and Protected Area
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Art In the Park August 31, 2019
Join us August 31st for a free family-friendly Art in the Park event to celebrate the beauty, biodiversity and magic of the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut. The event begins at 11am with a welcome to the territory and brief words from the celebration committee. For the afternoon, Arts in the Park will showcase local artists and musicians, from dancers and quilters, knitters and painters, sculptors and felters, basket weavers and wood turners scattered throughout the forest performing and showing off their creations. Attendees can wander throughout the forest enjoying the many sights and sounds, while searching for Gandalf and the mystical forest fairies. If all this excitement makes you hungry there is also lunch available by donation through the Dome Creek Community Association as supplies last.
If you need transportation to the park, consider RSVPing for a Complimentary accessible bus from Prince George and McBride. Buses are available by pre-registration on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP through Engage Sport North.
About This Park
The 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.
Established Date: May 19, 2016 for the park and June 13, 2016 for the protected area.
Park Size: 11,190 hectares
Protected Area Size: 685 hectares
Know Before You Go
- 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.
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 diametre 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.
This 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 Park Enhancement Fund.
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
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
- 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 condition.