Babine Mountains Park contains significant avalanche terrain. Winter users should be well educated about avalanche terrain and managing risk while travelling in such terrain. Please refer to the Avalanche Canada website for information on current avalanche conditions, trips, and terrain ratings for this park.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Caution: Skiers and snowshoers may travel in the designated snowmobile area if they wish. If you choose to do so, yield to snowmobilers as you can hear them coming but they cannot hear you.
Notice: In the winter, the Driftwood Road is not plowed to the summer parking lot. It is an additional 4km from the winter parking lot to the summer parking lot, making the ski or snowshoe to the Joe L’Orsa Cabin substantially longer.
Silver King Basin: From the parking area north of Driftwood Canyon Park, the trail follows an old mining road and climbs gradually through the heavily forested valley. Sunny Point is reached at 6km, and at 12km skiers reach the sub-alpine and views of the surrounding peaks. Exercise caution: under certain conditions there can be avalanche hazard from 12km to near the Joe L’Orsa Cabin at approximately 13.5km.
Lyon Creek Trail and Harvey Mountain Trail: Ski tourers and snowshoers often use the Lyon Creek Trail and the Harvey Mountain Trail, which leave the Driftwood Road about 1.5km and 4km beyond the winter parking lot respectively. A loop can be made by ascending the Lyon Creek Trail and coming back down the Harvey Mountain Trail.
Please Note: The Smithers Snowmobile Association will be collecting trail fees for use of the groomed snowmobiling trails leading to Onion Mountain Cabin and into Babine Mountains Park. Snowmobile club members, who obtain an annual membership, are not required to pay trail fees. For those who are not members, a $20 day pass is required. Fees go towards grooming the trails, maintaining emergency shelters, providing insurance and promoting avalanche awareness. Snowmobile day passes can be purchased in Smithers, at Trails North Powersports, Evergreen Industrial Supplies and Wayside Industries, and online from the SSA Website (smitherssnowmobileassociation.com) and on the trail.
BC Parks, in consultation with various user groups, has designated certain areas for snowmobiling. View the Babine Mountains Snowmobile Map [PDF] and the Google Earth file of designated Babine Mountains snowmobile areas for more information. Please respect these boundaries. Skiers and snowshoers may be encountered travelling in the designated snowmobile area. If you choose to do so, yield to snowmobilers.
Ganokawa Basin Area: From the junction of Old Babine Lake Road and Babine Lake Road, follow the Old Babine Lake Road northwest (toward Smithers) about 3 km to the Onion Mountain Trail and parking area. This trail provides access to the Ganokwa Basin snowmobiling area. The Smithers Snowmobile Association grooms the trail and maintains the Burdette Cabin. Please contact the Smithers Snowmobile Association for information regarding cabin usage. Please refer to the information above regarding trail use fees for snowmobiling on the Onion Mountain Trail.
Harvey Mountain Viewpoint: The corridor to Harvey Mountain provides access to the viewpoint only. Please stay north of the posted boundary signs.
Cronin Creek Basin and Four Lakes Area: These two areas are accessible to snowmobiles by special permit only. A limited number of permits are available on an annual basis. For further information, please contact BC Parks in Smithers.