in the west-central region of the province, Tweedsmuir
Park is 480 km northwest of Vancouver as the crow flies.
The Park boundary starts just a few miles to the west
of Anahim and Nimpo Lakes. Tweedsmuir
Park is considered an isolated wilderness for
the most part with infrequent patrols by park staff,
so care should be taken by all users of the park.
Tweedsmuir Park offers exceptional angling for
Salmon and Steelhead on the Atnarko and Bella
Coola Rivers as well as world-renowned fly fishing on
the Dean River. Surrounding lakes are teeming with Dolly
Varden, cuttthroat, whitefish and our famous, fighting
native Rainbow Trout.
Other activities in the park include hiking, horseback
riding, canoeing as well as snowmobiling,
downhill skiing and cross country skiing
in the winter. Wildlife is abundant here and provides
endless opportunity for some extraordinary wildlife
The Turner Lake Chain offers all canoeing enthusiasts
an opportunity for a three to five day canoe trip through
incredible mountain scenery. The chain of lakes can
be accessed by floatplane from Nimpo Lake or by hiking
16 km along the Hunlen Falls Trail. There are canoe
rentals and a campsite available at Turner Lake.
At the north end of Turner Lake the park facility operator
will welcome you. There you can rent canoes and
obtain your camping permit. There are
many lakes and rivers in the park for canoeing and boating,
but many can be difficult to access, so make sure you
have maps and complete information from park services
about the area before going too far into the backcountry.
The Rainbow Mountains sport the unusual
reds, yellows and pinks from mineral deposits resulting
from ancient volcanic activity. Hiking in the range
is extremely popular, where you can access high alpine
valleys where the coastal influence has created an incredible
abundance of wild alpine flowers for the botanist and
Either hiking or from horseback, you may see grizzly
bear, black bear, deer, moose, mountain
goat, wolves, caribou, and more. This is also
a favorite place for snowmobilers, down hill skiers,
cross country skiers and snowboarders in the winter
Hike or ride the Rainbow, Octopus, Capoose or Crystal
Lake Trails. Or for the conditioned hiker, take on the
480 km Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail,
an ancient trade route followed by natives from the
Pacific Ocean to the inland Plateau.
For those who would just like a short day hike, there's
the Kettle Pond and Burnt Bridge trails.
Hunlen Falls is named for the Indian Trapper,
Hana-Lin and is the third highest free falling water
fall in Canada at over 1000 feet. It is at the northern
end of the Turner Lake chain and can be reached by flying
in from Nimpo Lake or hiking 10 miles on the Hunlen
Trail. It starts at the bottom of the Bella Coola hill
at the Atnarko 'tote' road and climbs over 6000 feet.
Bella Coola, at the end of the road, offers businesses,
shops, groceries and fuel as well as ocean charters
for fishing. There is also a helicopter charter in Tweedsmuir
Park offering powder skiing in winter and fly outs in
summer. Below is a government link giving the vacationer
more comprehensive information on the park.
more critical information from Lands and Parks go to