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Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park

About This Park

Enderby Cliffs Provincial Park The Enderby Cliffs tower high above the city offering breathtaking views of the Shuswap and the North Okanagan. Hikers atop the cliffs can watch the soaring birds play on the updrafts created by the steep rock face and take a step back in time to the Tertiary age when the cliffs were formed.

Outdoor recreational opportunities including fishing, hiking and nature study are also provided amongst the small stands of old-growth Douglas-fir, the low elevational grasslands and at Reeves Lake.

Special Features: Cliffs, volcanic rock and fossil sites.

Park Size: 2,277 hectares

Caution: Falling rock from the cliff face is very common. Hikers are reminded to stay on designated trails and avoid areas below the cliff face. Use caution on steep sections of trail and where the trail surface is loose. As well keep children under adult supervision where the trail winds atop the cliffs.

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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. 5 km northeast of Enderby

Turn East onto Mabel Lake Road at the only set of lights in Enderby. Continue for 2km down Mabel Lake Road and take a lefthand turn onto Brash Allen Road heading north. At 1.4km, Brash Allen road forks - stay right and continue down the unpaved road for 1.6 km until you reach the parking lot. The trail starts at the road intersection and heads east up the gravel path to the base of the trail.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • History - The protected area was established on April 18, 2001 as part of the Okanagan-Shuswap LRMP process.
  • Conservation - Enderby Cliffs Protected Area was established to provide increased representation of transitional biogeoclimatic units in the North Okanagan Highlands and North Thompson Uplands ecosections. The area also conserves prominent rock cliffs of the Tertiary age. Small, scattered stands of old-growth Douglas-fir and larch are found within a variety of successional forests. Sagebrush and rabbit brush occur at uncommonly high elevations.
  • Wildlife - The protected area provides key mule deer winter range. It also contains habitat for moose, cougar, bobcat, lynx, marten and grizzly. A variety of birds and bats inhabit the cliffs, including white-throated swifts, golden eagles, grouse, and song birds.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Fishing

Fishing

Reeves Lake is a small lake popular for trout fishing. The terrain around the lake is quite wet and marshy, though there are a couple good dry spots for fishing. Very large skunk cabbage and lily pads are the dominant vegetation. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Trails in the protected area were developed by local user groups through rugged terrain and may not be to BC Parks' standards. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure and may adversely impact water quality in the community watershed.

Enderby Cliffs Trail

Directions to the trailhead: The trail is for hiking only; no horses, ATVs or mountain bikes are allowed. The trail is closed from Nov 1 to April 1. Follow Mabel Lake Rd. for about 2km and turn left on Brash-Allen Rd. Follow the road to a white fence. There is a hiker sign here and the trail begins at the end of a laneway to the right. The trailhead is very clearly marked.

Description of the trail: The trail follows the edge of a farmer’s field and then begins to climb though deciduous shrubs and some trees. About 1km along, the trail intersects a skidder road. Here, visitors will find a bench and a large crucifix monument carved by the villagers of Oberammergau, Germany. Hikers are invited to leave flowers. The trail traverses across the slope, switching back and forth offering great views. The trail then climbs very steeply towards the cliffs. After the steep climb, the lower section of the cliffs is reached. The trail winds along through a meadow of alpine flowers to the top of the cliffs. This section of the trail offers many excellent views. In some spots, you can feel the updraft of the wind. The trail ends at the highest point on the cliffs.

Hiking time: 1.5 to 2 hrs. Difficulty: strenuous with steep sections
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horses and/or horseback riding are permitted.
Hunting

Hunting

This Protected Area is open to hunting. Please check the BC 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.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The cliffs tower some 1200 metres above the valley floor and offer a terrific view of both the Shuswap and the Okanagan Valley.