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].
Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park
About This Park
The park was recommended for protection under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land-Use Plan, and designated a Class “A” Park in 1995. Itcha Ilgachuz is a wilderness park set aside to protect alpine grasslands, wetlands, and wildlife habitat, including the largest herd of woodland caribou in southern B.C.
The Itcha Range and Ilgachuz Range are examples of isolated shield volcanoes, rising up to 2400 metres above sea level. These ranges are situated in the rain shadow of the Coast Mountains, and support a high diversity of plant and animal species.
Established Date: July 12, 1995
Park Size: 109,063 hectares
Special Notes: It is an offence under the Heritage Conservation Act to damage or remove artifacts from any cultural heritage site.
Know Before You GoIf you have visited Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park, we would appreciate if you could please complete an on-line comment form. This will allow park managers to obtain valuable information from those who have experienced the area.
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.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Management Plan [PDF 1.46MB] for Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park
- Regional Context Map [PDF 568.08KB]
- Zoning Map - Winter [PDF 641.28KB]
- Zoning Map - Summer [PDF 302.42KB]
- Tenures - Trapping and Guide Outfitting Map [PDF 456.34KB]
- Tenures - Grazing Map [PDF 408.48KB]
- Winter Recreation Map [PDF 414.67KB]
- Summer Recreation Map [PDF 348.6KB]
- Existing Recreation Permits Map [PDF 605.26KB]
Activities Available at this Park
Cycling is permitted on one trail in the park. Please call the Cariboo Regional office for information.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There are unmaintained hiking trails. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Unmaintained horse trails exist throughout the park.
This park is open to hunting. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information. Horses are allowed in the park for hunting purposes.
Pets on Leash
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. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
There are designated trails and play areas for snowmobiling that avoid caribou habitat in Itcha Ilgachuz Park. Trails that access the play areas are between 40 and 80 kilometres in length. Skimmers, spare gas, avalanche rescue equipment and overnight gear are required for snowmobiling in this park.
Facilities Available at this Park
Cabins / Huts
There are 2 cabins located near Itcha Lake for public use. They hold approximately 6 people each and are very rustic. People need to be prepared to camp outside in the event the cabins are full. These cabins are maintained by the Itcha Cabin Society and donations towards their maintenance are requested.
No firewood available. Firewood is not provided at this park. If you must have a fire please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to extinguish the fire fully. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets. They are located beside each of the cabins near Itcha Lake.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. The park is open year-round.