Tantalus Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
July 31, 2018: Campground at Lake Lovely Water closed August 3 to August 10
The Campground at Lake Lovely Water, adjacent to the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) Hut, will be closed from August 3 to August 10, 2018 in order to update facilities and improve visitor experience. Limited camping spots are available at the sand spit below Niobe Meadows. The hike from the Campground to the Sand spit is challenging. Please plan accordingly. The ACC “Tantalus” Hut will be open to ACC Reservation guests only.
Road access to Lake Lovely Water trailhead
The dirt road access to the trailhead for Lake Lovely Water currently has land access issues. BC Parks does not recommend using this road at this time. Trail access to Lake Lovely Water is from the west side of the Squamish River.
About This Park
Just north of Squamish, this new protected area includes the former Lake Lovely Water Recreation Area. Scenic Lake Lovely Water is located at 3800 feet above sea level. The mountain ranges are predominantly made up of stable granite rock and expansive glaciers.
This area provides excellent opportunities for hiking, fishing, mountaineering and advanced backcountry skiing. This is a remote wilderness area with limited access and there are no facilities at this park.
Special Features: The special features in this park include beautiful sub-alpine and alpine settings and cascading mountain streams with glacier views from Lake Lovely Water and some campsites. Distant view of the Black Tusk.
Established Date: December 19, 1998
Park Size: 11,351 hectares
Reservations are not accepted for the walk-in sites in this park, all walk-in sites are available on a first-come, first served basis.
There is a cabin for public use within the park that is available by reservation only.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
The following companies currently have a Park Use Permit to provide air taxi service:
Nature and Culture
Activities Available at this Park
There are steep and rugged established trails leading from the cabin towards Niobe Meadows (approximately 2.5km one-way) and Lambda Lake Meadows (approximately 3.5km one-way).
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.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Cabins / Huts
There is a cabin for public use (available in the late spring, summer and fall) located on the east end (outflow) of Lake Lovely Water in the Tantalus Range of the B.C. Coast Mountains approximately 64 km (40 mi) northwest of Vancouver. The hut is located in the Lake Lovely Water Wilderness Area.
The cabin is available by reservation only. The cost is $25 per person per night. For reservations or more information, contact Jeff Yarnold of the Alpine Club of Canada. Questions may also be directed to the Alpine Club of Canada website.
Pit or Flush Toilets
The trail to Lake Lovely Water is from the west side of the Squamish River. A canoe is required to cross the river (the cable car is locked and not available for public use). The crossing can be difficult and dangerous due to the speed and volume of the river. To reach the river access point, go West from Highway 99 on the road to the Upper Squamish Valley. Turn left at the fork in the road just past the Cheekeye River bridge. 2 km past the fork is and unmarked dirt road to the left. Travel this road for approximately 2 km to the river access point. Access to the river crosses Squamish First Nation land. The lower portion of the trail on the west side of the river crosses private land. Permission to travel on private lands should be sought from the landowners. Camping in Niobe meadows is prohibited. This park is frequented by permitted aircraft that land near the cabin and also on the lake.