Wells Gray Provincial Park – Trophy Mountain

History

The Trophy Mountain addition to Wells Gray Provincial Park was formerly contained within the Wellesley Gray Recreation Area. It was converted to a park in April 1996 as a result of the recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan.

An abandoned cabin in the southwest sector dates to a 1950s sheep grazing operation. An abandoned prospecting camp site on the north side of Trophy Mountain provides evidence of former exploration activity. Trails lead into the subalpine meadows.

Cultural Heritage

Aboriginal campsites and other archaeological sites may exist in the area, but have not as yet been accurately identified.

Conservation

The site contains a range of nine typically rounded peaks which show evidence of volcanic activity, including the existence of small lava balls within explosion fissures (the “Thunder Eggs”). The area contains over 45 sub-alpine lakes and tarns characteristic of the alpine terrain, with forest cover of essentially spruce-subalpine fir. The area protects a large variety of plant species, with flower displays unparalleled within Wells Gray or the Cariboo Mountains. The area also protects habitat for winter grounds of the woodland caribou herd, as well as mule, whitetail deer, black and grizzly bear, moose, Grouse and Ptarmigan.

Wildlife