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Facilities Available at this Park
Visitor Information There are few facilities at Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park; therefore, visitors should be self-sufficient and experienced in wilderness travel. Drive on gravel access roads at your own risk. They are active logging roads.

Bring your own water, as potable water is not available in the park. Boil or treat any surface water before consuming.

Although in the past horses were used to access hunting in this park, this is not horse country. Horseback riding is still permitted, but the park is very wet, routes have become overgrown and many routes have become impassable to horses.

Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park

About This Park

Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park is true wilderness, dominated by high serrated peaks and glaciers, and densely forested valleys featuring attractive lakes and lush wetlands. The Park is situated in the interior wet belt between Bowron and Wells Gray Provincial Parks. These parks now create one continuous protected area in the Cariboo Mountains that is over 760,000 hectares in size.

The park incorporates a diverse landscape ranging from mountain peaks and tarn lakes in hanging alpine valleys, to extensive meadows, large wetland complexes, and ancient red-cedar and hemlock forests. These diverse habitats support an equally diverse array of wildlife species. Though current use levels are low, Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park offers extensive (though undeveloped) opportunities for backcountry adventures.

Vehicle access camping is available at Ghost Lake. This small, remote site features views down the lake and up into the surrounding mountains, and is adjacent to the scenic Matthew River Falls.

Park Size: 113,469 hectares
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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. The park is located northeast of Likely and east of Quesnel. The Ghost Lake camping area can be accessed by travelling to Barkerville from Quesnel via Highway 26, and then taking the 3100 Forestry Road (gravel) from Barkerville. The park is located approximately 70 km (allow 1.5 hours) from Barkerville on the 3100 road. This is an active logging road: please drive cautiously with headlights on. Turn left onto a sign-posted 4-km access road, which leads to the camping area.

Another route to Ghost Lake is via Likely (about 90 km). The 8400 Road (Cariboo Lake Road) from Likely leads north past Cariboo Lake, and eventually connects up with the 3100 Road. Follow this to the Ghost Lake turnoff (signed), turn right and drive another 4 km to the campsite. The park can also be accessed from the McBride Valley via the Castle Creek Forest Service Road, which leads up Castle Creek and ends about 5 km from the park boundary.

Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park can also be accessed from Quesnel Lake by boat or along logging roads. However, no trails link Bowron Lake and Wells Gray Provincial Parks to Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park.

Please refer to the Cariboo Forest Region Recreation Map (East) published by the Ministry of Forests for more information. For map information, refer to topographic map numbers: 1:50, 000 92A/16, 92A/15, and 92A/9.
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Nature and Culture

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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoeing and kayaking are possible at Ghost Lake. The trail to the lake is fairly rough, though not long. Please wear your PFD at all times; this is a remote mountain lake and bad weather can come in with little warning.
Fishing

Fishing

Fish for sockeye, coho, chinook, kokanee, bull trout or rainbow trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hunting

Hunting

The park is open to hunting. Please refer to the Hunting and Trapping regulations for more information.
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.Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Swimming

Swimming

Although swimming is permitted, you will not find the lakes inviting. They are cold, and shorelines are typically vegetated and silty. There is no developed beach and no lifeguard on duty.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Visitors can cross-country ski or snowshoe in the park but no trails are set.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are permitted. No firewood is provided. Please bring your own or use dead and down wood, if you must have a fire.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has a pit toilet located at Ghost Lake
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted. Ghost Lake, off the 3100 Road, used to be a Forest Service Recreation Site, so it is small, and offers very basic facilities. There are 5 small sites, which are fairly open. The sites are open year round when accessible Extra vehicles can park in the parking lot. Its attractive location near Matthew River Falls makes it worth a visit. The closest stores are in Likely or Wells. There is no fee to stay in this park.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.