An interesting area of high biological diversity, with trail access. This park represents aspen/Douglas-fir/grassland associations in a richly diverse area and contributes to the representation of the Pavilion Range Ecosections.
Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided. Bird watching, hunting, hiking and nature appreciation are potential activities in the area.
Established Date: July 23, 1997
Park Size: 173 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.
Situated 40 km west of Cache Creek. To access the park, drive north from Cache Creek along Hwy # 97, west along Hwy # 99, then south along the Hat Creek road, turn left on Road 463 and follow the logging roads. Visitors should have access to a BC backroads map as there are numerous logging roads in the area. There is no road access to the lake. The nearest community, town or city is Cache Creek.
Nature and Culture
History: The park was established on April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan. The park will be managed according to the Interim Management Direction Statement for Bedard Aspen Park.
Conservation: The park encompasses Bedard Lake, a lake perched above a large area of slope instability. The combination of the small lake, rich in insects and crustaceans, and deciduous forest and distinctive landforms gives this site high biological diversity. The slopes and flats below are dominated by aspen and willow with some old-growth fir and spruce. Many willows are over 25 cm in diameter, which is unusual. Moose and many bird species such as Tree Swallow, Common Loon and Ruffed Grouse reside in the area. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them.
There are rainbow trout in the lake.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There is one trail providing access to the lake, which is about a 5 minute hike.
There are no designated trails. Lower ridges in the area provide easy walking.
Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. For more information, check the Hunting and Trapping regulations. Exempt from the No Hunting, No Shooting Restrictions within 400 metres of the center of park roads.
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are rarely suited for dogs due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears. Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is no designated wilderness backcountry camping. If you are camping in the park, please ensure no-impact camping is practiced.