This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
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].
Sikanni Chief Falls Protected Area
About This Protected AreaThe Protected Area contains the exceptional Sikanni Chief Falls. The grandeur and power of the 30 m falls, which can be heard from quite a distance, will amaze visitors to the area. A scenic vantage point provides visitors with a perfect view as the river cascades over a steep cliff surrounded by a lush coniferous forest. Besides scenic viewing, visitors can enjoy the hiking, photography, wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting.
Established Date: May 29, 2006
Park Size: 606 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: This protected area was first developed as a Forest Service recreation site, with a small campsite and trail to a viewpoint overlooking the falls. A reserve was placed around the area in 1973. It was listed as a Protected Area in the Fort St. John Land and Resource Management Plan in 1997.
- Cultural Heritage: Sikanni Chief Falls Protected Area overlaps with traditional use areas of the Halfway River and Prophet River First Nations.
- Conservation: The 606 hectare protected area contains a scenic waterfall and provides habitat for a small goat population, which live on the steep slopes above the river. The protected area also preserves a representative example of the Muskwa Foothills ecosection.
- Wildlife: Visitors may see wildlife, as moose and deer frequently wander through the park. Keep a sharp eye out for mountain goat, which can be found along the steep banks of the river.
Activities Available at this Protected Area
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The trail to the falls, begins at the parking lot. The trail is 1.5 km long and is well signed. 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.
There are opportunities for backcountry horseback riding. Riders should be experienced and prepared for wilderness travel, as there are no designated trails.
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.
There are opportunities for viewing wildlife such as goats, elk, moose, black bear and grizzly bear.