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Lava Forks Provincial Park

About This Park

Lava Forks Park protects the site of the most recent volcanic eruption in Canada, dated somewhere in the early 1900s. 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.

Special Features:

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 .

Park Size: 7,000 hectares

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Location and Maps

Lava Forks Park is located approximately 120 km southwest of the community of Telegraph Creek, between the Unuk River and the Craig River valley. The park is extremely remote and is accessible only by helicopter.

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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.
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Activities Available at this Park

Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.