Harry Lake Aspen Provincial Park
About This Park
The Park has an interesting grassland/aspen area of high geological diversity and protects a small representation of upper grasslands in conjunction with an Aspen/Douglas-fir forest. This area offers opportunity for hiking, wildlife viewing and photography. During July and August there is a small but colourful bloom of wildflowers. Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided.
- No off-road vehicle travel is permitted
- ATV use is prohibited on park roads
Park Size: 330 hectares
- Park Rangers patrol this area infrequently; all visitors must be prepared to be self-sufficient.
- Wood ticks are most prevalent between March and June. These parasites reside in tall grass and low shrubbery and seek out warm-blooded hosts. Although they are potential carriers of disease, they are a natural part of the environment and can be easily avoided. Your legs should be protected by wearing trousers tucked into socks or gaiters. After outdoor activity, thoroughly examine yourself. Check your pets for ticks as well.
- There are no developed trails in the park.
- Bring your own drinking water as there are no water sources available in this park.
- There are no toilet facilities provided. Visitors should exercise proper backcountry sanitation procedures when no facilities are available. Deposit human waste in cat holes. Cat holes are 6 to 8 inches deep. Thoroughly cover and disguise cat holes when finished. Bury toilet paper as well - do not burn it.
Location and Maps
This park is situated 40 km west of Cache Creek. To access the park, drive north from Cache Creek on Hwy #97, west along Hwy #99, south along Hat Creek Road, and then up logging roads along Medicine Creek. A backcountry road map will assist visitors in locating this park.
Nature and Culture
- History - Established April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage - This area may have been used by First Nations as a camping and food-gathering site.
- Conservation - The park protects an area of grassland and mixed Douglas fir/aspen in the Pavilion Ranges. It encloses two ponds with associated wetlands, and is noted for highly diverse habitats for a variety of species. Of particular interest is the geological diversity of the park, with Miocene plateau basalt to the north, Spences Creek group sandstone/conglomerates to east & west, and ancient Cache Creek limestones through the centre.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
To preserve vegetation and ground cover, it is prohibited to gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. If you rely on campfires for cooking, be prepared to bring a portable stove should a campfire ban be implemented.