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Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.


Campfires are permitted in this park. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using camp stoves instead, especially in alpine and subalpine environments. If you have a fire, please use dead, downed wood. Do not cut live vegetation.

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There are spectacular hiking opportunities in the park, but BC Parks does not yet maintain any trails. A network of trails has been constructed by a commercial lodge operator at the north end of the park. Contact BC Parks in Smithers at 250 847-7320 for further information. Good knowledge of route-finding combined with map and compass experience is essential.


Fishing is allowed in the park. Please read the BC Fishing Regulations. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing

There is an opportunity to see black and grizzly bears, caribou, mountain goats, as well as many other animals and birds. Visitors should not approach wildlife.


Mountaineering possibilities in the Howson Range of Burnie-Shea Park are extensive.


Hunting is allowed in the park. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Winter recreation

There is excellent backcountry skiing in the Howson Range. A commercial ski lodge is located at the north end of the park.

Please refer to the Burnie-Shea Park Management Plan for information on snowmobiling opportunities within the park or contact BC Parks at 250-847-7320.

Caution: Rugged terrain may produce zones of high avalanche hazard. It is recommended that you have experience in evaluating avalanche hazards.