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St. Mary’s Alpine Provincial Park

Please note, as of August 6, 2013:
  • ADVISORY: Backcountry travel not recommended at this time due to access roads to Mortar Pestle Trail head and White Creek washed out and impassable to motor vehicles!
    For information on access roads please see Forest Service Road conditions and bridge works.

About This Park

St. Mary’s Alpiner Protected AreaSt. Mary’s Alpine Park is a wilderness paradise for the experienced backcountry traveller. Numerous lakes and tarns are tucked against rugged granite cliffs and surrounded by tundra and lingering snowfields.

Seven creeks drain the lakes, resulting in numerous waterfalls and cataracts, some as much as 150 metres in height. Experienced hikers, willing to expend considerable effort in bushwhacking and route finding should visit this protected area where few if any people will be encountered.

Park Size: 9146 hectares

Stay Safe:
  • Persons visiting St. Mary’s Alpine Provincial Park are reminded that the park is a wilderness area, without supplies or equipment of any kind. All arrangements for supplies and transportation must be made beforehand.
  • Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
  • Bring a portable stove for cooking. Fires are not allowed except in emergency situations.
  • All park visitors should wear strong waterproofed, lug-soled boots and carry a daypack with raingear, extra warm clothing and food. Weather conditions can change suddenly in this area and lightning storms with hail and snow are common in summer. For overnight trips a sleeping bag, groundpad, waterproof tent or bivouac bag and lightweight stove are essential. Only experienced climbers practiced in crevasse rescue and properly roped should venture onto snowfields and glaciers.
  • Loaded logging trucks and other industrial traffic may be encountered while accessing this park. Drive with extreme caution and for your safety always yield to industrial traffic.
  • Public communications are not available at this park.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Between Kimberley and the town of Marysville, take the St. Mary’s Lake Road and follow it west and north to the junction of the Dewar Creek Road and the St. Mary’s West Fork Road. The Manson Col trailhead is accessed by an old mining road between the 7 and 8 km off the Dewar Creek Road ( Park on the Dewar FSR and hike up the old road to the basin below the park). The Mortar and Pestle trailhead is accessed by a logging road leading east at the 16 km on the Dewar Creek Road. .

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Climbing / Rapelling

Climbing

Climbing in the park is remote and offers many opportunities for well equipped and experienced parties.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Fishing opportunities exist in Spade Lake and the lower reaches of White Creek, accessed via the White Creek FSR, motorized use is not allowed in the park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

There are hiking areas at this park. 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.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is allowed in the park during hunting season. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Dogs in backcountry parks must be under control at all times.Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are winter recreation opportunities for extended backcountry ski touring. Snow machines and aircraft are not allowed in St. Mary’s Alpine Provincial Park.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

Fires are allowed, however visitors should check with the Forest Service or at the park trailheads, to see if fires bans are in effect. For this backcountry area, use dead trees on the ground as wood supply for fires. At traditional campsites, use established fire-rings. In pristine areas, build fires on rocks or dig a hole, scatter the fire remnants and replace the sod ring when you move on. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Backcountry camping is allowed in the park. When toilets are not available, bury human waste at least six inches in soil and 30 metres from water. To ensure drinking water is safe, it must be boiled for at least 5 minutes. Register a trip itinerary with friends - check in and check out. When practical use impacted campsites, otherwise practice "NO TRACE" camping ethics. If you have a fire - build it on rocks, or remove sod, have fire, then replace sod.