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Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area

About This Park

Coquihalla Summit Provincial Park The Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area was established in order to protect the Coast-Cascade Dry belt landscape and provide break opportunities for travellers along the new Coquihalla Highway.

The area presents a beautiful setting for wildlife viewing.

Of Special Interest: This area is a transition zone between the coastal and southern interior environment with four different biogeoclimatic zones with granite peak features and historic features such as the Kettle Valley Railway and Coquihalla Highway weaving through the area.

Park Size: 5,750 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 Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area is located along the Coquihalla Highway approximately 45 km north of Hope.
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Nature and Culture

  • History - The Coquihalla Valley has long served as the major transportation route from the coast to the interior beginning with the Hope-Nicola Trail in 1876. The Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area still contains some remnants of the Kettle Valley Railway which ran through the area from the early 1900s through to 1961. Modern access has been highlighted by the construction of the Coquihalla Highway and the subsequent establishment of a series of protected areas along the route in 1986.
  • Conservation - The Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area lies in the transition area between the coastal and southern interior environment. As a result, the area is very diverse, containing four different biogeoclimatic zones and a wide variety of wildlife species.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Approved Master Plan [PDF 988.87KB] for Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area is available online in pdf format.
    DISCLAIMER:
    This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
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Activities Available at this Park

Fishing

Fishing

There is fishing at Falls Lake for rainbow trout. Falls Lake has a surface area of 25.6 ha and an average depth of 10 metres. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

The Falls Lake Trail parking lot is located approximately 1 km west of Hwy 5 from the Falls Lake Turn off. The trail is 1.5 km in length and offers a scenic view of the lake and fishing for small rainbow trout.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Some horse riding occurs on existing gravel roads and pipeline right of ways.
Hunting

Hunting

This park is open to hunting. All applicable hunting licences are required. However, there is no park specific hunting permit needed.
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.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Backcountry skiing occurs in the Falls Lake area on the pipeline access roads and right of ways. Snowshoeing is available. Heavy annual snowfall occurs. Please be safe!

Winter camping is allowed but please be aware of the extreme winter conditions that can occur at this Recreation Area. No facilities are provided. Winter camping has traditionally been occurring at or near Falls Lake.

Be properly equipped with, and experienced in the use of, avalanche safety gear if venturing into avalanche terrain. Coastal winter weather can change rapidly, affecting visibility and travel conditions. Be aware and prepared. Please practice “No Trace” camping ethics.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park. Flush toilets are located at the toll booths and Zopkios Ridge Highways Rest Stop (Managed and Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation and Highways)
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There is walk-in camping available at Falls Lake approximately a 2km hike. Rustic camping with no facilities provided. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

Winter camping is allowed but please be aware of the extreme winter conditions that can occur at this Recreation Area. Backcountry skiing and snowshoeing opportunities exist. No Facilities are provided. Winter camping has traditionally been occurring at or near Falls Lake.

Be properly equipped with, and experienced in the use of, avalanche safety gear if venturing into avalanche terrain. Coastal winter weather can change rapidly, affecting visibility and travel conditions. Be aware and prepared. Please practice “No Trace” camping ethics.