This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
- 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.
- The CNR train tracks bisect the park close to the lake. Visitors should note it is illegal to cross tracks unless it is at a designated track crossing.
Painted Bluffs Provincial Park
About This Park
Protecting a small area of geological significance on the north shore of Kamloops Lake, the interesting feature giving the park its name can be seen both on site and from viewpoints across Kamloops Lake. The distinctive multi-coloured rocks and soils on an intrusion of batholithic rocks provide a muted rainbow of colour.
Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided.
Park Size: 100 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: Established on April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: Native copper diggings and historic mine sites are found here. The Hudson Bay Brigade Trail crossed the northeast corner, en route Carabine Creek.
- Conservation: Protects a small area of geological significance with related soils and vegetation on the shore of Kamloops Lake. Fluvial fans cross the area, with low elevation big sage and bluebunch wheatgrass in excellent condition.
- Wildlife: The area is noted for concentrations of California bighorn sheep.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved Painted Bluffs Provincial Park Management Direction Statement [PDF 565.13KB] is now available online in pdf format.