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].
Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park
About This Park
This park was designated to protect a distinctive grassland ecosystem and maintain essential habitat for known blue provincially listed species-at-risk, including blue listed bighorn sheep.
In addition the park provides easily accessible recreational, educational and interpretation activities.
- Stay Safe: Hunters please be aware of recreational park visitors, and visitors please wear bright coloured clothing during hunting season, and be aware of Rattlesnakes and other wildlife. Please take your garbage with you when you leave.
- Restrictions on Motorised Vehicles Use: Snowmobiles are not permitted. All Terrain Vehicles, Motorcycles and all motorized vehicles are prohibited except as authorized by Ministry of Environment. This does not include the Gilpin Forest Service Road main which weaves in and out of the western boundary of the park and is open to motorized vehicles.
Established Date: May 22, 2007
Park Size: 912 hectares
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: Prior to colonial times the park was frequented by First Nations people. Early European settlers passed through the area on the Dewdney Trail, checking in at the Customs House run by Ranulph Robert Gilpin. In 1888 Gilpin became the Customs Officer, and his home ranch, situated near where Gilpin Creek crosses the current high-way, saw double duty as the Customs House from 1888 to 1900.
- Ecology and Conservation: The park protects native grasslands essential to bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer and whitetail deer along with other endangered, threatened or vulnerable species, some of which include:
- Red listed – tiger salamander, Western screech owl, Lewis’s woodpecker, badger, great basin pocket mouse and speckled dace fish.
- Blue listed – Western rattlesnake, gopher snake, California bighorn sheep, great basin spadefoot, Western skink, racer, Western painted turtle and canyon wren.
- Management Planning Information
- There is an approved manamgment direction statement for this park.
- The Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park Management Direction Statement [PDF 1.27MB] – Sept 2009.
Activities Available at this Park
Canoeing, kayaking and rafting are common activities on the Kettle River. Be aware of rapids and currents in places.
All trails are open to bicycles. Helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. Please stay on established trails.
There are several unmarked trails in the park for hiking and mountain bike riding. These can be accessed from outside the park at the Gilpin Forest Service Road.
The lower slopes are conducive to small numbers of horseback riders. Please stay on established trails. Park and unload the trailers on the Gilpin Forest Service Road, as unauthorized motor vehicles are not allowed inside of the park.
Hunting allowed in the park during an open season as specified under the “Wildlife Act.” Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information
Pets on Leash
Dogs must be under control and must not harass wildlife or livestock.
There are opportunities to swim in the Kettle River.
There are many opportunities to view various songbirds and waterfowl.