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 79KB].
Seven Sisters Provincial Park & Protected Area
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
May 23, 2017: Watson Lakes Trail Closure
Please be advised that the Watson Lakes Trail is closed to the public due to bear activity. Please check this web page for updates, or contact BC Parks – Skeena Region (250 847-7658) for more information.
- Whiskey Creek crossing is extremely hazardous in high water conditions. There is no bridge. Do not attempt to cross during high water flow conditions.
- Click here for the most recent Trail Report [PDF]
About This ParkSeven Sisters Provincial Park and Seven Sisters Protected Area
are named for the spectacular set of peaks visible from Highway 16 between Hazelton and Terrace.
Seven Sisters Provincial Park and Protected Area offer an exceptional, natural setting for a wide variety of existing and potential recreational activities. Hiking and snowmobiling are two popular frontcountry and backcountry activities.
Established Date: June 29, 2000 for the park and January 25, 2001 for the Protected Area.
Park Size: 39,206 hectares total; 27,200 hectares for the park and 12,006 hectares for the Protected Area
Special Notes: Trails are to be respected. Please do not damage or destroy any wildlife or vegetation. Please do not litter and pack out what you pack in.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved management plan is available in PDF format:
Activities Available at this Park
There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities in this park. Visitors must be prepared to portage their boat.
Mountain biking is allowed on the Oliver Creek Trail as far as the junction with Hell’s Bells Trail. Beyond that point bicycles are not permitted as the trail is too soft and muddy. Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Watson Lake has been stocked with Rainbow trout in the past and the three small lakes along the Watson Lakes Trail are used for fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. Click here for Trail Information.
Horseback riding is allowed on the Oliver Creek Trail as far as the junction with Hell’s Bells Trail. Beyond that point horses are not permitted as the trail is too soft and muddy.
The park is open to hunting. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting Regulation synopsis.
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.
Swimming is available but there are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
The Seven Sisters Park and Protected Area offers many excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Resident mountain goat herds use the Seven Sisters peaks and ridges during the summer and winter in the forests near Oliver Creek and Hell’s Bells Creek. Grizzly (blue-listed) and black bears, raptors and other birds use the entire Protected Area. Wolverines are little known and rarely seen predators living in and suspected to be breeding in the Seven Sisters Park. In the low elevation forested area, marten and fisher (blue-listed) use the older forests, while moose, mule deer, coyotes and wolves tend to use the area around natural openings, burned areas and old cut blocks. The low elevation forest between Hell’s Bells Creek and Oliver Creek provides mule deer winter range. High elevation wetlands in the Upper Price Creek drainage are likely important for migratory waterfowl in spring and fall. Tailed frogs (blue-listed) have been found across the Skeena River from Oliver Creek, and may live in small tributaries within the Protected Area. High breeding populations of rough-skinned newts live in small ponds near Coyote Creek at the northern extent of their range. Salmon pass through the lower reaches of all creeks; trout live within most lakes and creeks.
Visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing on existing hiking trails, there are no set tracks. Visitors can enjoy snowshoeing on existing hiking trails.
Facilities Available at this Park
While campfires are allowed in this backcountry area, we encourage visitors to use campstoves for cooking purposes. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather wood for fires from the area unless required for emergency situations. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Seven Sisters Park and Protected Area offers a pleasant and quiet picnicking opportunity. Families with small children and novice hikers can easily reach the scenic lakeside picnic/camping site 1km along the 3km Watson Lakes Trail.
Backcountry and wilderness camping is allowed in the Seven Sisters Park and Protected Area with limited facilities provided. There are picnic tables and fire rings available along the Watson Lakes Trail.