- There is no payphone in Bowron Lake Park
- The closest store is Bear River Mercantile, located about one kilometre away from the drive-in campground, towards Bowron Lake
Canoe Circuit regulations
Bowron Lake Park’s rules and regulations have been put in place to ensure the comfort and safety of park visitors and to reduce impacts on park facilities and the environment. With up to 4,500 people travelling the Canoe Circuit each season, impacts on the park are considerable. Although you may not immediately see the effects of your actions, please keep in mind the cumulative effect of all the people who visit the park each year.
Regulations are enforced to ensure that everyone can continue enjoying Bowron Lake Park. Repeated violations or serious infractions may result in charges under the Park Act or eviction from the park.
Canoes, kayaks, and motorboats
Canoes and kayaks are allowed on the Canoe Circuit. Motorized boats are not permitted.
Canoe Carts are permitted on the Circuit. To reduce damage to trails, the following restrictions apply:
- The maximum permitted axle width of canoe carts is 75cm (30in). Wide track tires are recommended.
- If using a cart, the weight of cargo in your canoe must not exceed 28kg (60lb). You must backpack all gear in excess of the 28kg limit.
Visitors to Bowron Lake Park must abide by Section 16 of the BC Park, Conservancy, and Recreation Area Regulations, which states: “Except on Bowron Lake or as authorized by a park officer, not more than six persons may travel together on the circuit of lakes in Bowron Lake Park.” This applies not only to canoeing but also to hiking, portaging, and camping.
In order to protect the visitor experience and reduce impacts on the park, ‘group parties’ and ‘individual parties’ are managed separately and the number of daily departures onto the Canoe Circuit varies and is limited.
An individual Party includes no more than six people. This is the maximum number of people permitted to travel together, unless registered as a group party. Individual parties are required to camp at designated individual campsites, which can be chosen daily on a first come, first served basis. Individual parties are not allowed to camp on sites designated for groups.
A group party includes between seven and 14 people. Parties larger that 14 are not permitted. Groups are required to camp at designated group campsites. Daily arrivals and departures at groupsites are closely managed, with groups being provided their campsite schedule upon arrival at the registration centre.
Portable stereos with external speakers are prohibited on the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit.
Please do not use soap (even biodegradable) for washing in the lakes. If you must wash with soap, do it at least 50m (150ft) inland from the lakeshore, and then deposit soapy water in the outhouse.
Anybody acting as a guide or offering guiding services in Bowron Lake Park must hold a valid park-use permit. For information on park-use permits, see the commercial permit information page.
Permitted commercial operators in Bowron Lake Park are:
Gear that is left in the backcountry as a result of an emergency situation will be retrieved by the owner or user via a letter of authorization or by park rangers when operationally feasible. Gear that is returned to the frontcountry as a result of being found will be held by park operator staff at the registration centre.
It is the responsibility of the owner or user to retrieve their gear or make arrangements for pick up. If gear is not retrieved by end of season, it will be disposed of in accordance with BC Parks disposal policy.
Firearms, crossbows, and bear bangers are prohibited in Bowron Lake Park. Pepper spray is permitted only if it is clearly labelled by the manufacturer as ‘for bear use only’.