Cornwall Hills Provincial Park
- November 25, 2015: Historical Fire Lookout in Cornwall Hills Provincial Park – BC Parks is working to collaborate with a local/provincial non-profit group to ensure this site continues to exist for all to enjoy. Please stay tuned.
About This ParkAn area noted for a wide diversity of recreational use, from wilderness hiking to hang-gliding. The park is known for its incredible bloom of wildflowers in July and August, encouraging visits from photographers and artists. Visitors are rewarded with a 360 degree view of the surrounding area from Cornwall Hills.
Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided here. This park provides one of the few opportunities in the Thompson Region to protect Engelmann Spruce-Sub-Alpine Fir grasslands. The park contains the only active Forest Service Lookout Tower in the Kamloops District.
Established Date: May 20, 2004
Park Size: 1,235 hectares
- No off-road vehicle travel is permitted. This is a very fragile environment and damage from vehicles is long lasting and sometimes irreparable.
- ATV use is prohibited on park roads.
- The park is a wilderness area that is not regularly serviced or patrolled.
- 2003 Wildfire [PDF 553KB] This document shows pictures of the park following the 2003 wildfire.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
To Cornwall Hills (Zeroed from Highway #1 Hat Creek Road Turnoff):
|0 km||Turn off Highway #1 at Hat Creek Road (7.5 km from Ashcroft)|
|8.4 km||Intersection, Go Straight Through.|
|13.0 km||Junction with Oregon Jack/Cornwall Hills roads. Go Right.|
|13.4 km||Three Sisters Forest Recreation Site|
|14.6 km||Go Straight. (Track to left takes you near Bedard Aspen - you must hike the last couple of kms in as the road ends in a meadow.)|
|21.4 km||Lookout at the top of Cornwall.|
- You must pass through Oregon Jack Provincial Park to arrive at Cornwall Hills.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was created 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 Cornwall Hills Park.
- Cultural Heritage: The Cornwall area and Blue Earth valley are associated with traditional native uses. Also, there are regionally important upland archaeological sites.
- Conservation: Contains extensive uncommon Engelmann spruce/sub-alpine fir parklands and grasslands with patches of old-growth forest, providing a rich diversity of habitats.
- Wildlife: The park protects habitat for mule deer, cougar, Blue Grouse and a variety of upland mammal and bird species. Wildlife is potentially dangerous and may be encountered at any time. Make lots of noise when hiking where bear signs are found.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The management direction statement for this park was approved in June 1999.
Activities Available at this Park
There are mountain biking opportunities on the forestry road leading up to the park. Visitors should be aware this is a very steep, long road and bikers should be in good condition. If visitors access the park by bicycle, riding must be restricted to the established roads in the area.
Hiking is available on a limited number of established roads in this area. Visitors wanting to hike through the meadows should limit their impact on the grasses and flowers.
Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with the Hunting and Trapping regulations for more information. (Exempt from the No Hunting, No Shooting Restrictions within 400 metres of the center of park roads).
Pets on Leash
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.