Small River Caves Provincial Park
About This Park
Located on the west side of the Small River drainage, high above the valley bottom, this cave complex is remote and difficult to access. It is considered to be a very dangerous cave system that should only be attempted by highly experienced cavers.
This 1,818 hectare park lies at the transition zone between Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir (ESSFmm1) and the Alpine Tundra (AT) biogeoclimatic zones. The Small River logging road accesses the drainage but one must be aware of logging truck traffic at all times.
In order to properly protect this fragile ecosystem, we require that all cavers get permission from BC Parks at: 4051 – 18th Avenue, Prince George, BC V2N 1B3
White-nose Syndrome is a fungal disease that has been linked to the mass die-off of hibernating bats in Eastern North America – it poses a significant threat to bats of the west and British Columbia. There is evidence that humans have accelerated the spread through entering caves with contaminated clothing, gear or equipment. Therefore, prevention strategies are focussed on public education/awareness to prevent the introduction of the fungus through human activities. There are currently (as of June 2011) no reported cases of WNS in B.C.
To ensure the protection of bats and their habitat in this park, BC Parks strongly advises that personal caving gear that has been used anywhere east of the Rockies not be used in B.C. Also, before entering caves in B.C, cavers and visitors should consult the provincial WNS website, which includes a link to a Decontamination Protocol for Mines and Caves.
Established Date: June 29, 2000
Park Size: 1,818 hectares
Location and Maps
The closest communities include McBride and Valemount.