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Kakwa Provincial Park

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About This Park

Kakwa Provincial Park & Protected Area Kakwa Provincial Park showcases ice-clad mountains, extensive alpine meadows and a section of the Continental Divide. Main physical features include Mount Sir Alexander (3270 m), Mount Ida (3189 m) and Kakwa Lake.

Summer activities include camping, hiking, fishing, and horseback trips. Winter activities include snowmobiling and wilderness ski tours. The wide range of species diversity gives excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing. Visitors interested in photography will appreciate the incredible beauty of the remote area. Winter visitors should note limited access routes apply.

Kakwa Provincial Park, together with Kakwa Wildlands Park and Willmore Wilderness Park in Alberta, make up the first Interprovincial Park for BC and Alberta called “Kakwa – Willmore Interprovincial Park [PDF 1.2MB].”

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Established Date: March 14, 1987
Park Size: 170,890 hectares

Know Before You Go

Access

  • While travelling on the Walker Creek Forest Service Road (FSR), attention is required to navigate the surface as it is uneven, rutted, slippery and very rough. The road is not recommended for anything other than a 4x4, high clearance vehicle, and drivers familiar with this type of vehicle operation. Walker Creek access road condition up to Bastille Creek (km 75) varies. From Bastille Creek Bridge to Kakwa lake is approximately29 km. Any commercial air charter must hold a valid Park Use Permit to land (on water or grounds) within BC Parks. A Letter of Authorization (LOA) is required for private aircraft to land and can be obtained by contacting BC Parks at 1-250-614-9911.

    Road Access Vehicle Type / Bikes Permitted
    From BC Walker Creek Forest Road to Bastille Creek

    All motorized vehicles permitted (high clearance, 4x4 vehicles are best suited)

    Snowmobiles permitted December 1st – April 15/30th

    Bastille Creek to Kakwa Park Boundary (Buchanan Creek)

    Off-Road Vehicles (such as ATVs, or other ORVs as defined under the Off-Road Vehicle Act)

    Mountain bikes and all e-bikes (Class 1, 2, and 3)

    Snowmobiles permitted December 1st – April 15/30th

    Park Boundary to Kakwa Lake along the Tote Road

    Mountain bikes and Class 1 e-bikes

    Snowmobiles Snowmobiles permitted December 1st – April 15/30th

    Any other trail within the park

    Hiking and some horseback riding

    No mountain bikes or e-bikes permitted

    From Alberta Lick Creek to Kakwa Falls

    All motorized vehicles permitted (high clearance, 4x4 vehicles are best suited)

    Kakwa Falls to Park Boundary

    Please refer to Alberta Parks

    Park Boundary to Kakwa Lake along the Tote Road

    Hiking or horseback riding

    Snowmobiles permitted December 1st – April 15/30th

    Any other trail within the park

    Hiking and some horseback riding

    No mountain bikes or e-bikes permitted

Be Prepared

  • Be prepared for any weather conditions while visiting the park, you are in an isolated area and weather can change rapidly.
  • Carry extra snowmobile fuel. It is approximately 100 km to Kakwa Lake from the staging site.
  • Pack out what you pack in.
  • Bring your own drinking water. Potable water is not available at the park.
  • The public cabin at Kakwa Lake is available on a first-come, first served basis, so be prepared to camp outside.

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Kakwa Provincial Park is located approximately 70 km north of McBride in British Columbia. It can be accessed from McBride in BC, Grand Prairie in Alberta, or by air charter. The closest communities are McBride, Prince George and Valemount.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Nature and Culture

  • Wildlife: Wildlife species found in Kakwa include grizzly and black bear, caribou, moose, deer, elk, wolves, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goat, wolverine, porcupine, and marten.

Activities Available at this Park

Climbing / Rapelling

Climbing

There are free-climbing opportunities within the park. There are no formal routes established and visitors should be well prepared and have previous climbing experience.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles and Class 1 e-bikes are only permitted on the main hiking trail, which leads from the park boundary to the Kakwa Lake campsite on the BC side. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Class 2 and 3 e-bikes are classified as motorized vehicles and are not permitted within the park boundary.

Fishing

Fishing

Anglers must consult regulations and limit their catch in order to preserve angling opportunities in years to come. Kakwa and Cecilia Lake are closed to angling November 1 to April 30. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

A number of hiking routes exist within Kakwa Provincial Park, but these trails are unmarked and not maintained. 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.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is permitted in Kakwa Provincial Park. There is an area at the south end of Kakwa Lake designated for horse traffic camping (East side of Wapumum Creek)with a pit toilet. The creek is a crucial spawning creek for the Rainbow trout that inhabit Kakwa Lake, and horses crossing along the creek would damage the spawning beds. Do not let horses swim in the lake in front of the cabin as this area is a source of drinking water for park visitors. The park is user-maintained, please pack out what you have packed in. Please cooperate and keep the park pristine for future visitors.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is allowed in the park. Please check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.

Firearms are not permitted in the provincial park unless during an open season specified under the Wildlife Act and anyone hunting must have a valid licence and appropriate species licence.

Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in park buildings. You are responsible for their behavior and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to potential wildlife issues.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Visitors can backcountry ski and snowshoe along the trails in the park. Visitors should be trained in avalanche awareness.

Kakwa winter use: Snowmobiling is a popular winter recreational use of the park from both B.C. and Alberta, mostly in the Kakwa and Cecilia Lakes areas. Popular snowmobiling areas are the watersheds of Babette, Cecilia and Kakwa Lakes, McGregor Pass, Mt. Ruth, Sheep Pass, Mt. Sir Alexander and there are many open ridges and meadows.

Areas open to snowmobiling are zoned as Nature Recreation Zones and snowmobiling is permitted during snowmobiling season from Dec 1st to April 15/30th each winter.

Overnight snowmobile users are restricted to the cabin at Kakwa Lake and should be aware that cabins are being used by BC Parks staff regularly. Users must supply their own wood for fuel from outside of the park. Snowmobile tent camps are not permitted in Kakwa Provincial Park.

There is no public access road into the park. In B.C., the Walker Creek Forest Road from Highway 16 currently provides access to the Bastille River at km 75, Bastille River is 10 km away from the park boundary. From Grand Prairie, the 112 km Kakwa River Forestry Road leads to the eastern boundary of Alberta's Kakwa Wildland Park. Both approaches require long trips with no facilities and are only recommended for the most experienced snowmobilers. The role of the Kakwa Management Plan is to ensure that legitimate wilderness recreational snowmobiling occurs.

Avalanche training is strongly recommended for any winter recreational activities in the park. If you plan to snowmobile in Kakwa Provincial Park you need to be prepared with emergency equipment as it is an isolated area and distances are great.

Facilities Available at this Park

Cabins / Huts

Cabins / Huts

There is one public use cabin located at Kakwa Lake (53°59'54.21"N 120°10'34.62"W) that will sleep approximately 10 people; a second rustic public cabin exists at Jarvis Lakes (54° 5'34.19"N 120°13'32.08"W) that sleeps approximately 8-10 people. Both cabins are available on a first-come, first-served basis year-round, but if fully occupied, the public needs to be prepared to camp outside in a tent. Please keep the cabins clean and tidy.

There is also an emergency shelter located North of Buchanan Creek (53°53'49.68"N 120°17'49.30"W).

Campfires

Campfires

Open camp fires are not permitted. Bring a portable stove for cooking.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets; no flush toilets.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are 12 walk-in wilderness campsites with pit toilets. The walk-in wilderness campsites are all available on a first-come, first-serve basis; reservations are not accepted. During the winter season, campers may use the cabins but usage is on a first-come, first-served basis; be prepared for winter conditions and to camp outside.

There are two areas at the south end of Kakwa Lake that have been designated for camping: one is for hiker traffic (West side of Wapumun Creek) and the other is for horse traffic (East side of Wapumum Creek). These sites each have a pit toilet.

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