Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park (Boya Lake)
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Boil Water Advisory
Boil water before using it for drinking, making ice, cooking, washing food, or brushing teeth. Use a hand sanitizer after washing hands.
Until further notice, all users are advised to:
- bring water to a rolling boil for a least one minute, or
- use an alternate, safe source of water.
Results of the 2017 Butterfly Inventory Project
Participate in the 2018 Butterfly Inventory Project:
Instructions are as follows:
- Please download the ‘Survey123’ app from android or apple app store. (free)
- Use the supplied URL link to download survey form: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/40ec62a0a9464e7b9feb5ec500281cb9?open=native
- After you have loaded the Survey123 form on your device, it can be used offline to ‘collect’ your observation data.
- While you are at Boya Lake and observing butterflies, fill out the form and hit ‘Send Later’.
- When you get back to internet service, open the Survey123 app, hit the ‘Outbox’ icon, and send your survey.
New for 2018: Reservations available through Discover Camping
As of December 14, 2017, the Boya Lake Provincial Park campground will offer campsite reservations via our Discover Camping Reservation Service.
Limited access to fishing licence vendors in this area
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.
About This Park
Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park offers scenic camping and a wide variety of water recreation opportunities with Boya Lake's superb water clarity and colour, beckoning the traveller to explore its many islands and bays.
Tā Ch’ilā is situated on the Liard Plain, an area carved out by glaciers 20,000 years ago. The area is characterized by elongated ridges, or drumlins and eskers.
Boya Lake is also one of the few lakes in the north that is warm enough for swimming. The park offers two short hiking trails, a mountain bike trail and limitless bays and islands to discover by canoe or motor boat.
The lake is noted for its colour and clarity. The bottom is composed of marl, a mixture of silt and shell fragments. The crystal clear waters and aqua-marine lake colour are a result of the light reflecting from the marl bottom.
Established Date: November 30, 1965
Park Size: 4,597 hectares
New features available
- Canoe and kayak rentals
Location and Maps
There is a 2 km access road east of Highway #37 that leads into the park. It is located about 150 km north of the town of Dease Lake, and about 285 km north of Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park, established in November 1965, lies within the traditional territory of the Kaska Dene First Nation, who currently live in and around the settlement of Good Hope Lake. The interesting landscape of this park was formed by glaciers about 8,000 years ago, leaving a maze of gravel ridges (eskers) and pothole lakes.
- Conservation: Boya Lake is totally contained within the park, which protects a small portion of the Liard Plain ecosection.
- Wildlife: Moose and beaver live in and around the forest. Mountain goat and Osborne caribou roam above timberline on the Horseranch Range. You may also see a wide variety of waterfowl and songbirds.
Activities Available at this Park
The lake is perfect for the canoeing/kayaking enthusiast with its many islands and bays available for exploration.
Canoe and kayak rentals are available at this park.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
There is a marked mountain biking route on old ATV trails in the park. The route goes around Boya Lake and is approximate 25 kilometres long. A small portion of the route is on the Highway 37.
The Lakeshore Trail is 1.5 km long and leaves from the north end of the campground.
The Beaver Lodge Trail is also 1.5 km in length and leaves from the south end of the park, near the boat launch.
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 be advised that hunting and the discharge of firearms is prohibited within 400 metres of the campground access road, and service yard road at all times.