Choquette Hot Springs Provincial Park
About This ParkChoquette Hot Springs Park, located near the Stikine River, protects several hotsprings that seep from granitic rocks at the base of the valley wall, or from mud just beyond.
The unique conditions produced by the hotsprings allow vegetation to grow year round and are associated with uncommon plant, algae and Archaebacteria species.
Choquette Hot Springs Park is across from Great Glacier (just to the right of the creek) Provincial Park.
Park Size: 48 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Great Glacier Provincial Park. Access to the park is by boat on the Stikine River or by helicopter.
Nature and Culture
- History: Choquette Hot Springs Park was protected by the Provincial Government in 2001 in recognition of its hotsprings and surrounding thermal wetland and riparian area. Designation followed the recommendations of the Cassiar Iskut-Stikine Land and Resource Management Plan. The springs were named after Alexander (Buck) Choquette, the first miner known to have explored the Iskut River area in the 1860s and built a trading post on the flats above the hotsprings. Choquette was married to Georgina, daughter of Chief Shakes of the Tlinglit First Nation.
- Cultural Heritage: Choquette Hot Springs Park lies within the asserted traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation.
- Conservation: Choquette Hot Springs Park lies within the Boundary Ranges Ecosection, in the Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone. The Hot Springs are associated with several uncommon vascular plant, algae and Archaebacteria species. The warm water allows \vegetation to grow year round and the hotsprings and associated wetlands are considered biologically and physically exceptional.
- Wildlife (specific to this park or area): The unique microclimate found in Choquette Hot Springs Park provides important moose wintering habitat and supports a productive waterfowl habitat.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved Choquette Hot Springs Provincial Park Management Direction Statement [PDF 268.1KB] is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Facilities Available at this Park
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. Wilderness camping is possible at Great Glacier Provincial Park, directly across the Stikine River.