|Central BC Nature Viewing Region|
|Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park|
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|The largest provincial park in BC featuring a variation of ecosystems and habitats|
|Geographical Description||Coast Mountains|
|Area/ Trail Length||Park area 990,000 ha.|
|Seasons to Visit||Year-round; high elevation areas mostly inaccessible in winter due to snow. Campgrounds open June to October.|
|Habitat||Coastal hemlock/red-cedar, Englemann spruce/subalpine fir, lodgepole pine/Douglas-fir forests; sub-boreal spruce and swamp, marsh, burned areas, alpine meadows and tundra, riparian, lakes|
|Viewing Highlights||The park includes the divide between the Bella Coola and Fraser River (via the Chilcotin) watersheds, between west coast rainforest and dry interior .|
Forest and alpine birds, raptors and other wildlife.
Grizzly and black bears can be observed at Belarko bear viewing platform in September on Highway 20, 13 km east of the western boundary of the park.
A number of trails in various habitats, especially subalpine and alpine. The Hunlen Falls and Turner Lake trail leads to a spectacular alpine area but is only accessible by a long drive on the very rough Atnarko Tote Road. The Octopus Lake, Crystal Lake trails and part of the Mackenzie Heritage trail are more easily accessible but still remote; all are for very experienced backpackers.
The Rainbow Range trail is the most accessible and popular hiking area and is treated separately.
|Main Access||All accesses are from Highway 20 between Hagensborg and Anahim Lake.|
|Cautions||Be very aware of bears and cougars. Bear activity is particularly noticeable in late summer and autumn, and viewing bears in locations other than the Belarko platform is discouraged.|
Please stay on trails to avoid damaging the fragile ecosystems
This is a remote area with few services nearby. Highway 20 is unpaved between Hagensborg and Anahim Lake, and features a long, steep (up to 18% grade) and sometimes rough drive between the Atnarko valley and Heckman Pass.
No mobile phone service in this area.
|Regulations||No camping or fires except in designated areas. Dogs on leash and should not be present during times of high bear activity.|
|Facilities||Picnic sites and pit toilets at Big Rock/Kettle Ponds and Fisheries Pool, as well as at Mackenzie and Rainbow Range trailheads and Atnarko Road turnoff.|
Basic services in Hagensborg and Bella Coola (50 km west of west park boundary) and Anahim Lake (40 km east of Rainbow Range trailhead). Nearest location with full services is Williams Lake, 320 km east of Anahim Lake.
|Other Recreational Activities||Canoeing, kayaking; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.|
|Other Connections||Tweedsmuir North Provincial Park is 447,000 hectares and is a more remote wilderness area with access only by air or water.|
Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail is a 420 km long wilderness trail connecting Bella Coola with Quesnel.
|FMI||Park operator: All In Enterprises Inc.|
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