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].
Lava Forks Provincial Park
About This Park
Volcanic Features: Dating from 1904, the volcanic eruption in Lava Forks Park is the most recent in Canadian history. Since the eruption, vegetation has established on the upper flow layer of lava. This unique area encompasses a lava-filled valley contrasted to ice-capped peaks. Lava Forks Park represents an excellent opportunity to study the primary succession of vegetation establishment. Mosses and lichens have established on upper flow layer since the eruption. Distinctive landforms from the eruption include two lava-dammed lakes, pot holes containing crystal clear pools and ash dunes.
Established Date: January 25, 2001
Park Size: 7,463 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: Dating from 1904, the volcanic eruption in Lava Forks Park is the most recent in Canadian history. Since the eruption, vegetation has established on the upper flow layer of lava. The special features in Lava Forks Park were protected as Class A Provincial Park in 2001 following direction received from the Cassiar Iskut-Stikine Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: Lava Forks Park lies within the asserted traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation.
- Conservation: Lying within the Boundary Ranges Ecosection, Lava Forks Park consists of Coastal Western Hemlock, Mountain Hemlock and Alpine Tundra biogeoclimatic subzones. The park protects outstanding physical features of the volcanic eruption and a large mineral spring. The recent volcanic eruption provides an ideal location to study ecological processes associated with primary succession, or the establishment of vegetation after a significant disturbance.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved Lava Forks Provincial Park Management Direction Statement [PDF 1.08MB] is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.