Redfern-Keily Provincial Park
About This Park
Redfern-Keily Provincial Park contains some of the most scenic landscapes in the Northern Rocky Mountains and provides backcountry tourism opportunities on an international level. Lush alpine meadows, forested valley bottoms, serrated peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and large valley lakes dominate this mountainous landscape.
Alpine tundra in the upper elevations provide wide open vistas of the surrounding mountains and excellent ridge walking. The glacial features at the Northern end of the park are magnificent. Hidden wonders such as natural arches can be found as long as you are willing to explore and Redfern Lake itself is an impressive sight reflecting the surrounded Rocky Mountain peaks.
The brilliant blue colours of Redfern, Fairy and Trimble Lakes are one of the park's most outstanding features.
Redfern Lake, about eight km long and one km wide is glacier-fed and surrounded by a narrow band of boreal forest, talus slope, alpine meadow, and rugged peaks with small glaciers. Keily Creek contains old growth spruce, and the Besa River has important hoodoos below Mount Dopp.
Abundant wildlife makes the area attractive to hunters; guide/outfitters provide a wide range of services and opportunities for visitors. Fishing, boating, camping, and hiking are also popular. River rafting, kayaking and canoeing out to the Alaska Highway is possible along the Besa/Prophet Rivers or the Sikanni Chief River (although on the latter, the falls must be portaged).
Two very important features of Redfern-Keily Provincial Park are the trail systems into the area; one trail follows Nevis Creek and the Besa River to Redfern Lake, and a second trail follows the Sikanni Chief River to Trimble Lake. Another trail links Trimble Lake to the Besa River, completing a loop.
Both trails are open to snowmobiles, horses, hikers, mountain bikes, and dog sleds; however, motorized ATV vehicles can only access the park via the Redfern Lake trail.
ATV Use and Motorized Access
ATV’s using the Redfern Lake ATV trail are restricted to machines weighing no more than 500kg. Public Access Prohibition Regulation Sec. 2, (Wildlife Act).
Motorized access along the Sikanni River trail does not extend into the park. Primitive campsites are found along both trails. There are approximately 26 sites along the Redfern Lake trail, of which seven are located within the park.
Access is also possible by helicopter or light fixed-wing aircraft.
Park Size: 80 712 hectares
Location and Maps
Redfern-Keily is located in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, 80 km west of the Alaska Highway, approximately 250 km northwest of Fort St. John. It includes Redfern, Fairy and Trimble Lakes and the alpine basins and icefields of the Besa River and Keily Creek watersheds.
Maps and Brochures
Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map - (pdf format)
- Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
Activities Available at this Park
Redfern Lake is 539 hectares in size and has a maximum depth of 81 metres. Lake Trout, Lake Whitefish, Pygmy Whitefish, and Rainbow Trout are resident to the lake and its associated streams.
Fairy Lake is 151 hectares in size and has a maximum depth of 56 metres. Rainbow trout are the only residents of this high elevation lake. Trimble Lake is 314 hectares in size and has a maximum depth of 34 metres. Arctic grayling, bull trout, mountain whitefish and rainbow trout are resident to the lake.
Please consult the current BC Fishing Regulation Synopsis for fishing information Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Visitors to the area in winter can ice fish on Redfern, Trimble
or Fairy Lake. Due to the cold temperatures, the ice freezes
extremely thick making it quite the workout just to drill a hole (unless
you have a power auger).
Horses are the traditional way to travel and riding is real pleasure.
But horses' hooves each exert over 1,500 p.s.i. of pressure every time they hit the ground, which can really impact trails and campsites.
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.