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Stikine River Provincial Park
About This Park
Existing in the Stikine River Provincial Park is a geological feature unparalleled in Canada. Eighty kilometres of steep-walled canyon, composed of sedimentary and volcanic rock, has been carved through eons of river erosion. In the bottom of this sometimes 300 m deep chasm flows the wild and unnavigable Stikine River, which varies in width from 200 m to as little as 2 m at a point near the Tanzilla and Stikine confluence.
Established Date: March 14, 1987
Park Size: 257,177 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Sharp drop-offs border the entire Grand Canyon. These, combined with broken rock prevalent in the area, make it extremely dangerous to approach the canyon rim. Please be cautious and supervise your children at all times.
- The Grand Canyon, downstream from Highway #37 bridge crossing, is unnavigable by all watercraft. Do not attempt to navigate this section of the Stikine River.
Only permitted air charter companies are authorized to fly into Stikine River Provincial Park.
Permitted Air Charter Companies for Stikine River Provincial Park:
Alpine Lakes Air Ltd.
Floatplane base locations:
Tyhee Lake near Telkwa, B.C. 250 846-9488
Tatogga Lake (near Iskut)
BC Yukon Air
Canadian Helicopters Ltd.
Smithers, B.C. 250 847-9444
Tsayta Aviation Ltd.
Floatplane base locations:
Telegraph Creek, B.C. 250 235-3701
Dease Lake, B.C. 250 771-3232 or 250 771-3238
- Alpine Lakes Air Ltd.
- Permitted Air Charter Companies for Stikine River Provincial Park:
Designated non-motorized area in the Spatsizi River
The Spatsizi River, upstream of Hyland Post, is a designated non-motorized area (ie. no jet boating or power boating) from spring break up until September 1.
Motorized boat operators should be very aware and cautious of non-motorized (ie. kayak, canoe, raft etc.) traffic coming downstream. Please be sure to give appropriate right-of-way, carry all mandatory safe boating equipment and boat safely!
Purchase a fishing licence in advance
Any visitors wishing to fish/angle in BC Parks on the Highway 37 corridor should strongly consider obtaining a BC Freshwater Fishing Licence while they have access to internet and a printer, there are very limited opportunities to obtain a fishing licence on the Highway 37 corridor.
- Before heading out on your trip, please check the following website for any fires that may be burning in the area: bcwildfire.ca
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Nature and Culture
- History: The Tahltan First Nation were the original settlers in this area. The Tahltans lived at various seasonal locations along the Stikine River, trading with both the Cascas of the high interior and the Tlingits of the Pacific coast. Today, the Tahltans live in the communities of Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake and Iskut.
In the mid 1860’s, the need for communications link to Europe initiated a survey of the Stikine for development of the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail. This project introduced the use of sternwheelers on the river, which brought telegraph wire and other construction materials to what is known as Telegraph Creek. This telegraph route was abandoned after cable was successfully laid across the Atlantic, linking North America with Europe.
- Cultural Heritage: There are numerous Tahltan native sites in the park.
- Conservation: The Stikine River Provincial Park consists of two ecosections, the Southern Boreal Plateau and Stikine Plateau. Special features of the area include the internationally significant Grand Canyon.
- Wildlife: A resident population of more than 300 mountain goats reside in the canyon. Many other species frequent the area, including the black and grizzly bears, Stone sheep, moose, caribou, wolf, coyotes, salmon, and numerous bird species.
Activities Available at this Park
Elements Adventure Company Ltd. offers guided canoeing trips on the upper Stikine River. Here is a link to their webpage: www.elementsadventures.com Phone: 1 250 308-8924
Caution: Downstream of the Stikine River – Hwy 37 bridge is unnavigable by any watercraft.
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.
Please refer to the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis as well as the Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis for bag limits, season dates and area maps.