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Tweedsmuir Park

"...but I have seen nothing more beautiful and more wonderful than the great park which British Columbia has done me the honour to call by my name." - Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield

Welcome to Tweedsmuir Park (981,000 hectares) - Actually made up of two parks, North Tweedsmuir Park is 446,092 hectares, pristine wilderness with very limited access. Ministry of Environment warns that those who are not prepared to be completely self-sufficient or who do not wish to employ a professional guide should not contemplate a visit. North Tweedsmuir is only accessible by floatplane or hiking from the Chilcotin side. If you would like more information from Parks you'll find it here at North Tweedsmuir Park.

South Tweedsmuir Park, which forms the north western boundary of the West Chilcotin, is 506,000 hectares and Highway 20 goes right through the middle of it. However, that's pretty much the extent of 'easy' park access. The rest of the park is pure wilderness and a summer and winter playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Turner Lake chain is a favorite with canoeists, while Lonesome Lake was made famous by Ralph Edwards who brought the Trumpeter Swan back from the edge of extinction. There is a trail called the Tote Road at the foot of the Hill that goes to famous Hunlen Falls (third highest free falling waterfall in Canada) and then on to the lakes. Four wheel drive access only for a short distance. From there you must walk in. For a detailed map go to Hunlen Falls - Turner Lake Chain.

Tweedsmuir Park has numerous hiking trails ranging from day hike trails such as Kettle Pond and Burnt Bridge taking only an hour or two to complete, to the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail that can take very experienced hikers a month to complete. You can find extensive information and links to brochures for these trails on this Tweedsmuir Park page while you'll find a very good map of most of these trails on what's called the Rainbow Range Map.

The remarkable colors of the Rainbow Range in Tweedsmuir Park are caused by specific minerals involved in the volcanic formation of the range. This wild, rolling alpine is a favorite of hikers but is even better seen from the back of a horse. There are outfitters based near Anahim Lake that would be happy to take you on an adventure pack trip through the range. It is also a favorite of snowmobilers in winter as well as skiers and cross country skiers. You'll find a general information brochure and a map on the South Tweedsmuir Page and detailed information on snowmobiling and skiing in the park halfway down this page.

Tweedsmuir Park is probably best known for its angling and famous for its Coho, Sockey, Chum, Pink and Chinook Salmon fishing. The Atnarko and Bella Coola Rivers are popular BC destinations during the salmon runs and you can also fish for char and trout in these two rivers. Surrounding lakes are loaded with Dolly Varden, cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout and of course the Dean River is world renowned for its fly fishing. There are strict regulations governing fishing in BC, particularly for Salmon so make sure to consult the fishing regulations to find out about appropriate licenses.

Tweedsmuir Park has two vehicle access campsites, both at the foot of the "Hill" on Highway 20 and located on the Atnarko River. While there are basic amenities such as water, fire pits and toilets, there are no hookups. Along most of the trails there are primitive campsites and bear caches dotted throughout the Park. Check the Rainbow Range map and Hunlen Falls/Turner Lake Chain map for exact locations.

Tweedsmuir Park is well known for its abundant wildlife including black bears, grizzly bears, moose, caribou, mountain goat, deer, wolves, coyotes, cougar and numerous small mammals including wolverine and marmot. You are encouraged to exercise caution in all areas of the park as it has one of the largest concentrations of grizzly and black bear in the world. Prime viewing of these animals is during the summer and fall salmon runs when the bears venture from higher elevations to feed on the fish. It isn't uncommon to see a grizzly bear or two sitting on rocks in the middle of the river, periodically sliding off of their perch to splash through the water after a salmon.

Operators - Tweedsmuir Park

Eagles Nest Resort
Anahim Lake
Bella Coola Grizzly Tours
Bella Coola
Bella Coola Motel
Bella Coola
Stewarts Lodge & Camps
Nimpo Lake
Terra Nostra Guest Ranch
Clearwater Lake
Tweedsmuir Air Services
Nimpo Lake
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Bella Coola Valley
 
Huge rock split down the middle.
 
Minerals create bright colored mountains formed by volcanic activity.
 
A river boat out in the Atnarko River.
 
Snowshoes
 
Chris Harris Photo
 
Chris Harris Photo
 
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