This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
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].
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Rainbow Alley Provincial Park

About This Park

Rainbow Alley Park protects an area between Nilkitkwa Lake and Babine Lake, famous for its world-class rainbow trout fishing opportunities. Water flows north from Babine Lake, through Nilkitkwa Lake and into the Babine River.

Provincially significant salmonid populations, including steelhead and sockeye, pass through the waters on their yearly migration to spawning grounds. The easily navigable waters provide recreation opportunities while protected wetlands provide breeding habitat for the blue-listed American bittern.

Established Date: June 29, 1999

Park Size: 110 hectares

Stay Safe:
  • Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
  • This park does not have a boat launch. Boat launches are available outside the park at Fort Babine Lodge (north end of Babine Lake) or at Fort Babine.
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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. Rainbow Alley Park lies approximately 100km north of Smithers. The park is accessed by following Babine Lake Road for 50km, then following the Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road for 41km, then taking the turn-off to Fort Babine. Access is then by boat via a boat launch at Fort Babine Lodge.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: In 1996 the Regional Protected Area Team identified the popular fishing destination Rainbow Alley as an Area of Interest for its significant recreational opportunities. In 1999, with recommendation from the Bulkley Land and Resource Management Plan, Rainbow Alley was designated as a Class A provincial park.
  • Cultural Heritage: Rainbow Alley Park lies within the asserted traditional territory of the Ned’u’ten people, and approximately 1km north of the First Nations community of Wud’at (Fort Babine). The Ned’u’ten have a long history of use and continue to use the area for sustenance fishing and trapping.
  • Conservation: Rainbow Alley Park lies within the Babine Uplands Ecosection, protecting wetland and forest habitat.
  • Wildlife: As part of the Babine River corridor, Rainbow Alley contributes to habitat for many mammals, including grizzly bears, a species of special concern in this landscape unit. The park also protects an area used by the blue-listed American bittern for breeding. Provincially significant populations of rainbow trout, steelhead and sockeye are found in Rainbow Alley, along with a host of other fish species including pink and coho salmon.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Fishing

Fishing

Opportunity to fish for world-class rainbow trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets on Leash

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.