Granby Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- Reduced Trail Maintenance
In order to meet budget targets, trail maintenance has been reduced on all trails in Granby provincial park. Although these trails remain open, users may encounter fallen trees and/or trail wash-outs. Extra caution is advised.
About This Park
Granby Provincial Park is a wilderness area popular with hunters, horseback riders and snowmobilers. It is one of the last intact watersheds in the Southern Interior and access is limited. The lower forested drainage of this park includes old-growth stands of cedar and hemlock forest. The lower elevation forests offer hiking and fishing for experienced hikers with good outdoor skills while the grassy meadows at higher elevations offer year-round recreational opportunities and form high quality grizzly habitat.
An existing communications site access road permits access to the top of Mount Scaia along Galloping Creek. There are no regular ranger patrols within the park.
Natural Feature: The intact watershed of the Granby River is a unique feature in the heavily developed Southern Interior. The grassland meadows from an old burn are rare and is valuable as habitat for grizzly bear, deer and elk.
Established Date: July 12, 1995
Park Size: 40,845 ha
- Off-road vehicles are prohibited in the park from June to October.
- There are no regular ranger patrols within the park. Visitors must be self contained and prepared to wait for help in the event of emergency.
- There is no drinking water available in the park. Water from streams and lakes must be treated by boiling, using iodine pills and filtering.
Location and Maps
Access to the north end of the park is by road off of Highway #6 between Cherryville and Needles. Park visitors should turn south off Highway 6 onto the Mount Scaia Road, 10 km west of Needles. The gravel surfaced Mount Scaia Road is approximately 23 km long and terminates within Granby Provincial Park.
Access to the south end of the park is by road off of Highway #3 in Grandforks. Visitors should turn north on North Fork Road. There is 20 km of pavement and 65 km of gravel with the road ending 4 km from Granby Park Boundary. The Bluejoint Lookout road provides access to a trail that leads up to Bluejoint Mountain at the edge of the park.
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: The mining history of the Boundary region is evident in the park. The Rawhide Trail from Lightening Peak to Edgewood was used for transporting ore from mines located in the northwest corner of the park. The Height of Land Trail received use as a stagecoach and mail delivery route. First Nations use is also evident on the trail along the Granby River and in the presence of culturally modified trees.
- Conservation: This pristine park encompasses the headwaters of the Granby River and several adjacent basins. The long, narrow valley is the last large, unroaded drainage in the Southern Interior. Its lower forested drainage includes old-growth stands of cedar and hemlock forest. Extensive rolling alpine and subalpine meadows are protected at higher elevations. These landscapes combine to form excellent habitat for deer and elk. Dragon Flats grassland meadow complex is very unique. One red-listed plant is present, the Nettle-leaved giant hyssop.
- Wildlife: The park protects some of the best grizzly bear habitat in the southern Monashee Mountains. The steep valley and adjacent drainages are habitat for mountain goats. Cougar, lynx and bobcat are also found in the park. Wolverine and martin round out the list of predators. The red-listed speckled dace is a fish species found only in the Kettle and Granby River drainages.
- Management Planning Information
- The Granby Provincial Park Management Plan [PDF] defines the role of the park in the provincial protected area system. The plan provides long-term direction to guide management and development of the park. Issues addressed include the level of facility development, management of park access and management of natural, cultural and recreational values.