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Skihist Provincial Park
Know Before You GoThe extremely hot, dry climate can result in over-exposure to the sun. Everyone in your party should wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and a hat with a brim.
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.
Roadways can be very busy. Whether you are walking, cycling, roller-blading, skateboarding or driving, please be careful. Always yield to the slowest mode of travel; e.g., cyclists yield to walkers. Obey all traffic regulations and rules of the road.
About This ParkA convenient overnight camping spot for travelers on Highway #1, this is also a popular base camp for visitors enjoying river rafting, fishing, and exploring the Thompson River area. Awe-inspiring views of the Thompson Canyon and quiet strolls on the old Cariboo Wagon Road bring to mind the difficulties encountered by early travellers traversing the western mountain ranges. An introduced herd of elk thrives nearby. Arrangements for guided river rafting trips may be made in Lytton or Spences Bridge.
Skihist was established in 1956. Back then most visitors to Provincial Parks camped in tents or small trailers. Camping methods have changed and the campsites have recently been reconstructed to provide accessible accommodation for the larger camping units used today.
Park Size: 386 hectares
- There is a public telephone located at the entrance to the campground.
- Quiet Hours - are 10 pm to 7 am. Music, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours.
- Hibachis and Campstoves - can burn the picnic tables. Please do not use them on the tables.
- Valuables - when left unattended or at night, should be stored out of sight and locked up at all times. Please report all thefts to the park staff as soon as possible.
- Traffic Safety - The speed limit within the park is 20 km/hour or less.
- Motorcycles and Bicycles - are permitted on park roads only. Motorcycles must be properly licenced and must be operated by a licenced driver only. Helmets must be worn. Unlicenced ATV's or dirt bikes are not permitted.
- Parking - is prohibited on the side of the road. Please park on the gravelled portion of your campsite or in designated parking spaces. Vehicles parked in day-use areas after 11 pm may be ticketed or towed.
- Pets - must be on leash (no longer than 2 metres) at all times while in the park. They are not allowed on beaches or in day use areas. Owners must clean up after their pets.
- Consumption of Alcohol - is prohibited except in your campsite.
| Campground Hours of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:||Open: May 1
Closed: September 30
Gate is closed outside of the above dates.
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 1 - September 30|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||58|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable: (all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)||Not applicable|
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
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.
- Park Map [PDF 43KB]
Nature and Culture
- History - Skihist was established in 1956 mainly to provide overnight accommodation for travellers on Highway #1. The lush green lawns of Skihist have always invited travellers to stop and relax from the heat of the summer. The park preserves a section of the historic Cariboo Wagon road. The starting point of the road was in Yale and construction of the road took place between 1862 and 1865. The road was a narrow, treacherous track winding along the cliffs of the canyon and allowed stagecoaches and freight wagons access to the BC interior. The road linked the gold fields of the Cariboo to Vancouver.
- Conservation - BC Parks uses prescribed burns as a conservation tool. The intense build-up of Ponderosa pine needles on the forest floor in Skihist park could contribute to a catastrophic fire, should one occur. The needles also change the PH balance of the soil, restricting growth of grasses and plants. Prescribed burns are used in the campground to eliminate the needle build-up and provide opportunities for new growth.
Which plants can you identify? This list will give you an idea of what species you might expect to see at the park. Print out the list, take it with you and see if you can spot them all! Good luck. View the list of plant species. [PDF 21KB]
- Wildlife - An introduced herd of elk thrives in the local area. Goats have been spotted on nearby hillsides.
There are many different species of birds to be found in Skihist Provincial Park. This list will give you an idea of what species you might expect to see there. Print out the list, take it with you and see if you can spot them all! Good luck. View the list of bird species. [PDF 10KB]
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved Management Plan for Skihist Provincial Park [PDF 89KB] is available in PDF format.
This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Please ensure that all barbeques or campstoves are used on the ground and not set on picnic tables.
View the Annual Drinking Water System Report [pdf]: Skihist
No campfires are allowed in the day-use area. Please ensure that all barbeques or campstoves are used on the ground and not set on picnic tables.
Pit or Flush Toilets
There is one toilet building and an additional one pit toilet next to the sani-station at the campground entrance.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Four of the 58 sites are walk-in and will accommodate only tents. These sites have parking adjacent to the site and have constructed tent pads. Each site is shaded at some point throughout the day. Lytton, 6 km away, is the closest centre with amenities.
The entrance gate is locked from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. During the camping season, overnight visitors can now pay at the campground with a self registration system - cash only accepted. Deposit cash in the envelope (change will be provided when attendant arrives if you do not have correct amount), fill out the information and place in the vault provided at the information kiosk. Please detach the receipt portion and attach to the campsite number post. You may also pre-pay firewood with your campsite self registration. Staff will be at the campground at least once a day during the camping season.