Graystokes Protected Area
About This ParkGraystokes Provincial Park was established on April 18, 2001, to provide significantly increased representation of a number of biogeoclimatic units in the North Okanagan highlands ecosection. It also protects an extensive complex of swamps, meandering streams and meadows, as well as maintaining habitat for moose, mule deer and white-tailed deer.
Park Size: 11,958 hectares
- No motorized vehicles, including off-road and all-terrain vehicles. Only snowmobiles are permitted during the winter months.
- The BC Snowmobile Federation has three chalets on the Graystokes Plateau. They are not for use by the general public and may not be to BC Parks’ standards.
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
- There are no developed trails in the park. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF 256KB]
Nature and Culture
- Conservation: Graystokes protects extensive old growth Sub-alpine fir and Engelmann spruce. The extensive complex of swamps, streams and wetland meadows mixed with forest is unique in the Southern Interior. Forest types range from mid-elevation to alpine and include extensive old growth Engelmann spruce, Sub-alpine fir and Douglas fir. The Graystokes Plateau plays a key role in providing mid and late summer range for wildlife when the valley bottom is no longer productive. It also protects the upper reaches of the Mission Creek watershed for the City of Kelowna.
- Wildlife: Within the protected area is habitat for moose, White-tailed deer and mule deer primarily from spring to fall. Also found in the area are lynx, wolverine, ptarmigan and grouse. There is one red-listed animal: Mountain caribou, three blue-listed mammals: fisher, Townsend’s big-eared bat and grizzly bear, and one blue-listed plant species, pink agoseris.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
Activities Available at this Park
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The protected area is open to hunting. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for further details.
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears. 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.
There are no formal cross-country skiing or snowshoeing trails in the park. Given its popularity as a snowmobiling destination, other winter activities may be limited. The Graystokes Plateau is a very popular area for snowmobiling. Articles about the area, have appeared in various snowmobiling publications.