This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF].
Dunn Peak Provincial Park
About This Protected AreaDunn Peak Provincial Park is a large wilderness area noted for important wildlife habitat, outstanding backcountry recreation opportunities, and spectacular mountain scenery. Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided.
Special Features: This protected area has large unroaded areas and considerable areas of undisturbed old–growth forest. There are many lakes, tarns and swamps. Dunn Peak also includes a good representation of glacial erosion features not found elsewhere in the Thompson Region and includes part of the huge 1951 forest fire in the Harper Creek Valley.
Established Date: April 30, 1996
Park Size: 19,547 hectares, stretching from the North Thompson River in the west, to include the alpine areas of Dunn Peak, and reaching east to the bottom of Harper Creek in the Shuswap Highlands.
- Aircraft access is not permitted in the park.
- Dunn Peak, called a matterhorn, at 2,634 metres elevation is the highest mountain between the Stein and the Monashees and is a dominant feature visible from as far away as Kamloops.
- This is a wilderness area with limited Park Ranger patrols. Visitors must be self-sufficient, and notify a responsible adult of anticipated date of return.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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 is a wilderness area that is not regularly serviced or patrolled. The park will be managed according to the Interim Management Direction Statement for Dunn Peak Park.
- Conservation: Dunn Peak Park protects a vast area encompassing part of the Thompson River floodplain and recreationally significant alpine areas, as well as many lakes, tarns and swamps. Old-growth Douglas-fir, Englemann spruce and Montane spruce are well represented in the park. There are no roads in the park. Important habitat for a large variety of significant wildlife populations including wolf, cougar, marten, river otter, black bear, mule deer and mountain goat are protected. The park includes a majorfish migration route and spawning grounds in the North Thompson and North Barriere Rivers. Significant Great Blue Heron and Bald Eagle habitat are protected in the park. The park also contains good representation of glacial erosion features. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them.
- Wildlife: Provides important habitat for cougar, wolf, black bear, mule deer, and mountain goat. The North Thompson River is noted for fish migration and spawning of trout and salmonids. Wildlife is potentially dangerous and may be encountered at any time. Make lots of noise when hiking where signs of bears are found. Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Dunn Peak Protected Area Management Direction Statement [PDF] is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Protected Area
There are mountaineering opportunities in this park.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
A user created trail is located above Harper Cr., on the east side of Dunn Peak. For the duration of the hiking season this trail can be wet and muddy. Recent trail work and the addition of boardwalk have improved hiking conditions. However in an attempt not to get wet, visitors continue to create secondary trails, expanding the problem while destroying plant life and soil structure. For your own safety and preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails.
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.
There is no viewing platform but the area has excellent wildlife viewing. Alpine areas of the protected area offer spectacular panoramic views.
Dunn Peak has excellent backcountry and alpine ski touring opportunities. When touring this backcountry area in the winter, be aware of snow conditions and the avalanche hazards. There are also snowshoeing opportunities in this protected area.