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].
St. Mary’s Alpine Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Updated July 29, 2016:
ADVISORY: The access road to Mortar and Pestle Trailhead is washed out and impassable by motor vehicles.
About This Park
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.
Established Date: March 18, 1973
Park Size: 9,146 hectares
- 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.
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 310KB]
Nature and Culture
Activities Available at this Park
Climbing in the park is remote and offers many opportunities for well equipped and experienced parties.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
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.
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 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
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.
There are winter recreation opportunities for extended backcountry ski touring. Snow machines and aircraft are not allowed in St. Mary’s Alpine Provincial Park.
Facilities Available at this Park
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.
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.