Visitors - Important Notice!
of May 7, 2008:
note that Fisheries Pool Campground is now closed
for the season, it will re open June 1st, 2008.
campground gate is closed during the off season.
Tweedsmuir (South) Provincial Park is one of the largest
of B.C.'s several hundred parks. Located in the west-central
region of the province, 480 km northwest of Vancouver
as the crow flies, Tweedsmuir is roughly triangular in
shape. It is bounded on the north and northwest by the
Ootsa-Whitesail Lakes reservoir, on the west and southwest
by the Coast Mountains, and on the east by the Interior
Aside from offering some of the most spectacular scenery
in North America, Tweedsmuir is a magnet for outdoor recreationists.
Favourite activities include angling,
riding on wilderness trails, camping
(including vehicle-access campsites), and canoeing the
Turner Lake Chain. Hunlen
Falls, at the north end of Turner Lake, is a major attraction,
plunging 260 metres and disappearing in a cloud of spray
before entering the Atnarko River. The Atnarko and Bella
Coola Valleys provide critical habitat for bears and people
need to be bear aware. Areas of the park are open to hunting
during allotted seasons. Please consult and obey the British
Columbia Hunting Regulations. Winter
recreation is also popular at Tweedsmuir South Provincial
As in any wilderness setting, persons should be prepared
to be self-sufficient. For those new to the wilderness
adventure tour, guides are available in the area. Special
Features: Shield volcanoes, Hunlen Falls,
canoe chain and grizzly bears.
hectares in Tweedsmuir (South), with total park area including
Tweedsmuir (North) at 981,000 hectares
conditions in the park are as variable as the topography.
Moderate temperatures and extensive rainfall characterize
the lower reaches of the Bella Coola Valley. At Stuie
near the junction of the Atnarko and Bella Coola Rivers,
there is an average annual precipitation of 720 mm with
about 20% of this being in the form of snow. The Interior
Plateau receives a greater proportion of snow and its
winters are more severe. Temperatures in the southern
section of the park can drop to -40°C in January and
reach 30°C in July. Summers are usually fairly dry with
June, September and October being the wettest months.
(South) Provincial Park is partnered with Tweedsmuir
at Stuie and on Turner Lake provide a variety of services.
Click here to view a non-government
website for more information. No supplies are available
in the park itself. For more information on canoe rentals
and access to the Turner Lake Chain, please check the
are further tourist facilities and supplies at Bella
Coola, Hagensborg, Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake. Please
consult the British Columbia Accommodation Guide for
details. This publication is available from Tourism
British Columbia, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC,
Topographic Series Maps 92N/13, 93C/4, 93/5, 93C/12
and 13, 93D/8E and W and 93D/9 and 16 at a scale of
1:50,000 cover the Tweedsmuir area. These maps are available
from Government Agents and most map retailers in British
Tweedsmuir is located on Highway 20, approximately 400 kilometres
west of Williams Lake, midway between Anahim Lake and Bella
Coola. The highway from Williams Lake consists of both gravel
and paved sections and is well maintained; travel time is
between 4 1/2 and 6 hours depending on your destination within
the park and road conditions.
is the stretch of Highway 20 between Heckman Pass and Atnarko
Campground. It has quite a reputation, since over 16 km it
loses over 4000 feet in elevation. Local residents built it
in the 1950s, after they had been told by the government of
the time that it couldn't be done. However, nowadays it is
well maintained by Highways contractors, and, though steep
(up to 18% grades), it is passable throughout the year.
can also be reached by way of the Discovery Coast Passage
ferry from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, or by float plane
from Nimpo Lake, Anahim Lake or Bella Coola, or by hiking
in the backcountry.
You can obtain
fuel, basic supplies, and motel accommodation in Anahim
Lake or Nimpo Lake. The nearest RCMP office is
in Anahim Lake, where there is also a 24-hour medical clinic.
The closest hospital is in Bella Coola, over an hour’s
drive from the parking lot.
Topographic Series Maps 92N/13, 93C/4, 93/5, 93C/12 and 13,
93D/8E and W and 93D/9 and 16 at a scale of 1:50,000 cover
the South Tweedsmuir area. These maps are available from most
map retailers in British Columbia.
Any maps listed are for
information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be
used for navigation.
Nature & Culture:
of Tweedsmuir Park is an isolated wilderness with infrequent
patrols by park staff. You should be experienced in wilderness
travel, fit and well equipped. Snow is possible any month
of the year in the mountains. Visitors must bring appropriate
maps. If you plan to hike overnight or longer you should inform
a responsible person or agency of your intentions, including
estimated return time and destination.
and black bears range throughout the park, and grizzlies
congregate on the Dean and Atnarko, and Bella Coola Rivers
between May and October when salmon are in the river.
People should be particularly cautious when fishing, hiking,
and camping. To help ensure the safety of park visitors
and the conservation of bears, please observe the following
- Dispose of garbage in bear-proof containers.
- Obey all closures and warnings.
- Store food securely in your vehicle or in a tree 4 metres
from the ground and 2 metres from the trunk, well away from
- Do not cook or store food or bait in your tent and keep
your campsite clean.
- Bleed and clean your catch in the stream, not at your
campsite, and throw offal into deep or fast moving water.
If approached by a bear, reel in and leave the area, or
cut the line if playing a fish.
- Do not handle roe used for bait on picnic tables. Wash
your hands afterwards, do not wipe on clothing.
- Do not build fires or cook by the river's edge.
For more information on bear safety at Tweedsmuir click
here (8KB PDF). Please refer to the visitor
safety link for more information on bear identification,
general bear safety and avoiding bear human conflict.
The Bella Coola Hill is a 9 km section of up to 18 percent
grade; a significant slope for any vehicle to conquer. This
emphasizes the need for extra caution when driving this route.
The following hints are listed below to ensure a safe and
the lowest gear on the steeper sections
speed on narrow sections
road conditions before setting out
several stops to allow your brakes to cool
your car is in good condition before driving this route
drive or dual tow vehicles are preferable for towing
heavy loads up or down steep hills.
During the early and mid summer months, do bring mosquito
repellent or full coverage clothing - the park is ideal
habitat for bugs, too!
Safety Information (park
safety, hazards, wildlife safety information, health risks)
parks that accept reservations,
all vehicle accessible campsites (with the exception of
group sites) must be reserved through Discover
are not accepted at this park, all campsites are on a first-come,
first-served basis. For parks that accept reservations or
information on the reservation service, click
Parks: Fees, park listings, what
you should know before you go and other useful links.
the Arnarko and Fisheries Pool area of the park only:
G & P Kleenery Ltd
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (250) 397-2523
park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come,
first-served basis - campsite reservations are not
(South) Park contains two vehicle-access campgrounds,
both located on Highway 20: Atnarko offers 28 campsites
nestled amongst an old-growth forest (on the Atnarko
River at the bottom of "the Hill"); while
Fisheries Pool, (situated near Stuie and the site
of an old fish hatchery run by DFO), attracts lots
of anglers to its 14 high-density open campsites.
There is parking available for extra vehicles at
the Atnarko Campground but not at Fisheries Pool.
It is often difficult for big rigs to turn around
when the park is full.
If staff are not available when you arrive at the
campground, choose your site and pay later. Staff
will be at the campground at least once a day during
the camping season. There
is a pay phone located in the park between the 2
campgrounds next to Tweedsmuir Lodge. The closest
store is approximately 50 km away in Hagensbourg.
Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night
Senior's Rate (Shoulder Season only):
$7.50 per senior's couple/night
All dates are subject
to change without notice
and Closing Campground Dates: (campground
is accessible but may not offer full services
such as water, security, etc.)
1 - September 5
(Gate is closed during the off-season)
1 - September 30
(gate is closed during the off-season)
Dates with Full Services and Fees:
1 - September 1
1 - September 30
Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:
Arnarko = 24
- Fisheries = 12
of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.
are many primitive campsites dotted throughout the
park; please read the hiking
page for more details. Some provide facilities such
as pit toilets and bear caches; others are more
wilderness sites are open year round when accessible.
In the Rainbow Range and the Ptarmigan Lake areas,
the campsites marked on the map have at least minimal
facilities - pit toilets and some have bear caches.
Please use these sites as you will have less impact
on the delicate alpine environment. Please read
and observe Leave
No Trace ethics.
the Turner Lake/Hunlen Falls area, sites are designated,
and more developed; bear caches and outhouses are
provided. There is a fee for these sites. The gate
to the Turner Lake Chain is open from June 15 -
September 15 and the portage will open dependent
on water levels.
Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night, for all persons 13 years of age or older
park has 5 picnic areas that have picnic tables and
pit toilets. Locations along Highway 20 are (from east
to west): at Rainbow Range Trailhead, Hunlen Falls/Turner
Lake Trailhead, Big Rock/Kettle Pond, Fisheries Pool
and Mackenzie Heritage/Grease Trailhead. The day-use
areas at Big Rock/Kettle Pond and at the Mackenzie Heritage/Grease
Trailhead also have drinking water available.
are no wheelchair accessible facilities at this park.
are water handpumps in the campgrounds and a water
tap at the sani-station; the water at the sani-station
is not suitable for drinking. In the backcountry,
bring your own drinking water or be prepared to
treat surface water, as potable water is not available
in the park.
toilets are located throughout the park and flush
toilets are located near the sani-station.
A sani-station is located near Atnarko Campground,
and is available during the camping season for a
at the sani-station is not suitable for drinking
Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge
Vehicle accessible Campgrounds Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility
Operator at the campgrounds, or you can bring your own
wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary.
To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don't
gather firewood from the area around your campsite or
elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat
element for many plants and animals and it adds organic
matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and improve
air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited
burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented and
some parks may use communal fire rings. Be prepared
to bring a portable stove for cooking.
Camping If you must have a fire in the backcountry,
please burn only dead and down wood and be sure to extinguish
the fire fully. Dead wood is an important habitat element
for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter
to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all.
Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
||There are no electrical hook-ups in this park.
are no regularly scheduled interpretive programs at
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. Trail
park does not have a playground.
is not recommended in the Bella Coola and Atnarko Rivers
at the campgrounds. However, the alpine and subalpine
lakes you encounter in the backcountry are delightful
for swimming (though cold), especially from the white
sand beaches of the Turner Lake Canoe Chain.
a three to five day canoe trip through spectacular
mountain scenery, try the Turner Lake canoe circuit,
located south of Highway 20. The chain can be accessed
via float plane from Nimpo Lake or by exiting Highway
20 onto Tote Road (12 km to trailhead), then by
hiking for 16 km along the Hunlen Falls Trail. Canoe
rentals and a campsite are available at Turner Lake.
The canoe chain comprises approximately 18 km of
lakes and 2.5 km of rivers and creeks. The portages
are short, with the longest being 1 km. A fee is
charged for camping. For details about the Turner
Lake canoe circuit, click
here. For more information on canoe rentals
and access to the Turner Lake Chain, please check
the following non-government
are single-wide car-top boat launches at Fisheries Pool
campground and Belarko and Steep Roof along Highway
20. There is limited space available for parking at
both boat launches.
are extensive fishing
opportunities at this park. Anyone fishing or angling
in British Columbia must have an appropriate
must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory
in British Columbia.
horse use is permissible in the Rainbow Range. This
terrain is recommended for experienced riders only (see
the Rainbow Range map, which has trails suitable for
horses marked as such).
you must bring your pets into the backcountry, they
must be kept 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.
wildlife viewing opportunities.
There are downhill skiing opportunities in this park; a
tow rope is operated by the Tweedsmuir Ski Club on Sundays during the winter.
It is located approximately 3 km from the parking lot at the Rainbow Range
There are approximately 15 km of set cross country skiing trails at the
Rainbow Range Trailhead during the winter. These are maintained by the Tweedsmuir
There are snowmobiling opportunities in the Rainbow Range. For more information
on snowmobiling in this park, click
SCUBA diving or snorkelling opportunities.
park is open to hunting in certain areas of the park. Please refer
to the British Columbia
Hunting Regulations for more information.
climbing or rock climbing opportunities.
spelunking or caving opportunities.
Rainbow Cabin is located in the Mackenzie Valley below Boyd Pass. It
is very rustic and without any sleeping platforms. It does, however,
have a wood stove. It is only available in the summer and people should
be prepared to camp outside in the event that the cabin is full. There
is no charge to stay in this cabin and no bookings are needed in order
to use the cabin.
The Tweedsmuir Ski Club operates a cabin close to the downhill ski area.
Overnight stays can be reserved by calling the club at (250) 982-2231.
The Rainbow Cabin, located in the Mackenzie Valley, is for emergency use
only. Free winter camping is permitted in the Rainbow Range parking lot.
There is an outhouse, but you must either bring your own drinking water
or melt snow.