The Chilcotin River is a very cold and fast moving river. Please keep children and pets away from the river. Swimming is not recommended.
Bull Canyon Provincial Park
About This ParkBull Canyon is a small campground along Highway 20, ideal for visitors travelling in the Chilcotin. The park is located in a beautiful canyon, with the glacier blue Chilcotin River flowing past the campground. There is a short walking trail beside the river, and the surrounding area supports excellent fishing lakes, birdwatching and wildlife viewing opportunities. People can view shallow caves in Bull Canyon Mountain on the Chilcotin River Interpretive Trail. Bull Canyon Park is often used as a base to explore the Chilco.
The gates at Bull Canyon are locked during the off-season, from September 15th to June 15th. Bull Canyon is the only provincial campsite along Highway 20 between Williams Lake and Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. There are several Forest Service campgrounds and two private campgrounds on or near this section of Highway 20.
| Campground Hours of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|June 15 - Sept 15
(gate is closed during the off-season)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||June 15 - Sept 15|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||20|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
Location and MapsPlease Note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF 48KB]
Nature and Culture
- History - Bull Canyon was established as a UREP (Use Recreation for the Enjoyment of the Public) reserve in 1955 for the use, recreation and enjoyment of the public. The Forest Service operated a fire suppression camp in the summer months, just east of the present campground, from 1955 until the 1980s. The campground was developed in the 1970s and reconstructed in 1992. Bull Canyon was designated as a provincial park in 1993.
- Cultural Heritage - Archaeological sites exist throughout the park and are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act. Please do not disturb these sites.
- Conservation - The Chilcotin River, at Bull Canyon Park, is designated Class II Classified Waters. Special fishing restrictions apply to sections of this river. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 117.21KB] for Bull Canyon Provincial Park is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There is a Chilcotin River Interpretive Trail at the park, which is 2 km (return) in length and was designed and developed by the students of Alexis Creek Elementary School. 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.
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. 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
While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don't gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
A hand pump well is available in the park. It is located at the entrance of the park in the day-use area.
This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets. They are located in the day-use area and throughout the campground.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted. There are 20 small to medium sites in total, 2 of which are double sites and 1 a pull through site. There are also 4 tent sites. Sites are open, but still private, through to shady. The closest store is 6 km away in Alexis Creek. If staff are not available when you arrive at the campground, choose your site and pay later. Staff will be at the campground at least once a day during the camping season.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $16.00 per party / night
BC Senior's Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $8.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
There is one toilet located at the entrance of the park that is wheelchair accessible.