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Gwillim Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
January 28, 2019: Volunteer park host opportunity
Volunteer park host opportunities are currently available at this park.
About This Park
Set in the picturesque Rocky Mountain Foothills on Highway 29, a half-hour’s drive from Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge and the massive Northeast Coal development, visitors can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, fishing and a viewpoint that provides a panoramic vista of the superb Rocky Mountain scenery.
Please note: This park is being maintained by a local community organization or business. Services and/or facilities may vary from provincial standards.
Date Established: November 26, 1981
Park Size: 32,326 ha
Know Before You Go
- Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) are prohibited in this park. ORVs include ATVs, off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles and side-by-sides.
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Nature and Culture
- Conservation: Located in the Hart Foothills ecosection, Gwillim Lake Provincial Park houses a diverse array of both coniferous and deciduous tree species. Lodgepole pine, white spruce, trembling aspen, paper birch and balsam poplar are found along the lakeshore intermixed with low wetlands of black spruce, willow and alder. Forests at higher elevations consist of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir that open up into parklands and alpine meadows higher up.
- Wildlife: The deep blue waters of Gwillim Lake are home to bull trout, mountain whitefish, lake trout, Arctic grayling, and northern pike. Due to low nutrient levels, the lake has a low regeneration capability for fish populations and is not able to sustain heavy fishing pressures. Please obey the catch limits posted in the B.C. Environment Fishing Regulations Synopsis. If you are an early riser, you might get a glimpse of a moose or deer foraging for food. The wetlands at the east end of the lake attract a large variety of waterfowl and shorebirds and the park is home to a small population of bald eagles.