Exchamsiks River Provincial Park and Protected Area
About This Park
The coastal Sitka spruce rainforest towers over this park at the confluence of the Exchamsiks and Skeena Rivers west of Terrace. A short nature trail allows hikers to stroll through this magnificent forest at their own pace. Salmon fishing nearby can be extremely productive and you can walk the self-guided nature trail.
Exchamsiks River Provincial Park offers visitors two day-use areas. On the west side of the river, there is a single paved boat launch available for public use year-round. On the east side of the river, there is a day-use area that allows visitors to walk a short interpretive trail through the old growth forest.
These day-use areas are open May 15 to October 1. Please note that camping is prohibited on the east side of the park.
Established Date: Park – March 16, 1956; Protected Area – March 22, 2005
Size: Park – 20 hectares; Protected Area – 1,545 hectares
Location and Maps
Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
56 km west of Terrace on highway 16. The closest communities, towns and cities are Terrace (50 km east of the park), Port Edward (80 km west of the park) and Prince Rupert (90 km west of the park).
Activities Available at this Park
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. This location provides access to the Skeena River and upper Exchamsiks River.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence
. Both the Exchamsiks and Skeena Rivers provide excellent fishing opportunities. Please refer to current fishing regulations.
A short 2 km loop nature trail allows visitors to stroll through an old growth forest. The trail is an interpretive hike and has an easy grade. 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.
Pets on Leash
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.
Facilities Available at this Park
The boat launch area on the west side of the Exchamsiks River offers a boat launching ramp into the Exchamsiks River. A single, paved boat launch is available for public use. Two picnic tables and a pit toilet are also available at the boat launch site. There is parking available for vehicles and boat trailers. Overnight boat launch parking is not permitted. Please note that camping is not permitted in the boat launch or day-use areas.
From the day-use parking area on the east side of the Exchamsiks River is the starting point for the old growth interpretive trail. Interpretive signs along the trail offer visitors information on the significance of this old growth forest. A pit toilet is located at the parking area. The boat launch area on the west side of the Exchamsiks River offers a boat launching ramp into the Exchamsiks River. Two picnic tables and a pit toilet are also available at the boat launch site.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Pit toilets are located in the day-use area and at the boat launch day-use area.
There are some wheelchair accessible facilities at this park.