Ts’ilʔos Provincial Park: Camping and Hiking
natural features provide an attractive setting for a camping vacation.
There are two developed campgrounds located in the northern half
of the park. Nu Chugh Beniz, accessed via Hanceville, offers 16
developed campsites. Gwa Da Ts’ih, accessed via Tatla Lake, offers
8 rustic campsites. Facilities at both campgrounds include water
wells with hand pumps, picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets.
Due to bear
hazards, Gwa Da Ts’ih campground may be closed during salmon spawning season (mid-August to mid-September).
Ts’ilʔos offers a variety of hiking opportunities from short day hikes, to extended wilderness backpacking trips. Experienced mountaineers can plan rigorous excursions leading to the Homathko Icefields and major peaks of the Coast Mountains.
In order to meet budget targets, trail maintenance has been reduced on the Yohetta/Tzchaikazan Loop Trail in this park. Although this trail will remain open, users may encounter fallen trees and/or trail wash-outs. Extra caution is advised.
Trails are not maintained. Backcountry visitors need to be independent, self-sufficient, and self-reliant. It is recommended that backcountry users be familiar with first aid procedures and survival situations.
Trails: A popular four to six day trek takes hikers along the Tchaikazan Valley and over Spectrum Pass to the Dorothy Lake/Yohetta Valley area. It is recommended to begin at the Tchaikazan Trailhead. To reach the trailhead, turn south at the Elkin Creek Bridge, approximately 100 km southwest of Hanceville. A side trip from Dorothy Lake descends through Rainbow Creek Valley to Chilko Lake (approximately 4 hours, return).
At the north end of Chilko Lake, the Tullin Trail begins from Gwa Da Ts’ih campground and ascends Tullin Mountain. This trail affords day hikers with some excellent views of the park (3-5 hours, one way).
Hiking trails are also open to horseback riding, although trails in some areas may not be suitable due to difficult terrain and the potential for blowdown. All horse users are encouraged to use weed-free feed pellets, particularly for large groups.