Tantalus Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
This is a wilderness area. Personal watercraft of any sort are NOT permitted on the lake with the exception of those registered to the hut. Loud music, smoking (cigarettes, vaporizers or marijuana), and consuming alcohol outside your tent are also not permitted.
About This Park
Just north of Squamish, this new protected area includes the former Lake Lovely Water Recreation Area. Scenic Lake Lovely Water is located at 3,800 feet above sea level. The mountain ranges are predominantly made up of stable granite rock and expansive glaciers.
This area provides excellent opportunities for hiking, fishing, mountaineering and advanced backcountry skiing. This is a remote wilderness area with limited access and there are no facilities at this park.
Special Features: The special features in this park include beautiful sub-alpine and alpine settings and cascading mountain streams with glacier views from Lake Lovely Water and some campsites. Distant view of the Black Tusk.
Established Date: December 19, 1998
Park Size: 11,351 hectares
Reservations are not accepted for campsites in this park. Camping is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. There are 15 tent sites at the main campground and a small sand area available for a few more approximately 2.5 kms west at the Sandspit area. There are no food storage facilities located here. Camping is NOT allowed in any other area including the lakeshore, foreshore or up in the Niobe meadows.
There is a cabin for public use within the park that is available by reservation only.
Location and Maps
The following companies currently have a Park Use Permit to provide air taxi service:
Nature and Culture
Activities Available at this Park
There are steep and rugged established trails leading from the cabin towards Niobe Meadows (approximately 2.5km one-way) and Lambda Lake Meadows (approximately 3.5km one-way).
For 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.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Cabins / Huts
There is a cabin for public use (available in the late spring, summer and fall) located on the east end (outflow) of Lake Lovely Water in the Tantalus Range of the B.C. Coast Mountains approximately 64 km (40 mi) northwest of Vancouver. The hut is located in Tantalus Provincial Park.
The cabin is available by reservation only. The cost is $25 (member) or $35 (non-member) per person per night. For reservations or more information, go to www.accvancouver.ca/huts.
Pit or Flush Toilets
The trail to Lake Lovely Water is from the west side of the Squamish River. A canoe is required to cross the river (the cable car is locked and not available for public use). The crossing can be difficult and dangerous due to the speed and volume of the river. To reach the river access point, go West from Highway 99 on the road to the Upper Squamish Valley. Turn left at the fork in the road just past the Cheekeye River bridge. 2 km past the fork is and unmarked dirt road to the left. Travel this road for approximately 2 km to the river access point. Access to the river crosses Squamish First Nation land. The lower portion of the trail on the west side of the river crosses private land. Permission to travel on private lands should be sought from the landowners. Camping in Niobe meadows is prohibited. This park is frequented by permitted aircraft that land near the cabin and also on the lake.