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Cabins and huts
There is a backcountry lodge in the conservancy operated by Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures Ltd.
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This park has hiking and walking trails. 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.


Fishing opportunities are unknown at this time. There may be cutthroat trout in the Callaghan River and some of its feeder tributaries. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing
There are viewing platforms in the park.

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. There are no trails in the conservancy designed for cycling.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Callaghan Conservancy. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

There are climbing opportunities in the park. Mountaineering opportunities exist on the peaks that form the border of the conservancy.

Hunting is permitted in the conservancy. Please confirm with the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for specific details. All hunters require applicable hunting licences.

Winter recreation

Winter recreation opportunities include cross-country skiing on groomed trails, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing (alpine touring), and some snowmobiling (limited primarily to the western portions of the conservancy).

Whether you are on or off trail in the conservancy during the winter, you are in a wilderness area. Anyone venturing into the backcountry does so at their own risk. Visitors should be well prepared, equipped and informed before entering the backcountry. The winter climate can be severe and unforgiving with weather conditions changing quickly. Heavy snow and poor weather will significantly increase the difficulty of skiing and snowshoeing. Cellular phone coverage is minimal. Do not rely on a phone for emergency or communication purposes!

Winter backcountry travel hazards exist, including avalanches and potentially unsafe ice and snow layers on Callaghan Lake. Visitors must be familiar with recognition and avoidance of avalanche terrain and conditions and with conditions on the lake. Backcountry visitors should be appropriately equipped with avalanche transceivers, probes, snow shovels, first aid kits and have adequate knowledge of avalanche assessment skills and avalanche rescue procedures.

There are no garbage facilities, so always pack out what you pack in!

To be consistent with the broader, non-motorize management direction in the Upper Callaghan Valley, prior to the establishment of the conservancy, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts issued a Recreation Order closing the upper Callaghan Valley to winter motorized use. This recreation order was carried forward into the establishment of the conservancy, includes approximately two thirds of the conservancy and is in effect from November 1 to May 15 of each year hereafter. Callaghan Conservancy remains open to snowmobiling in the Grizzly Lake and Ring Creek basins and only the top bench of Solitude Glacier during this period. For more information, please refer to this map [PDF].

Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures operates a commercial cross-country ski operation which includes over 15km of groomed trails within the conservancy (of the total 38km in its operating area), and a backcountry lodge. The operator also may offer a shuttle service for skiers to their lodge in winter.

In the Callaghan Valley, both Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures and Whistler Olympic Park offer an extensive, marked, snowshoe trail system (trail use fees in effect).

Helicopter skiing occurs in a western part of the conservancy under licence to Whistler Heli-skiing Ltd. This area is part of a larger tenure that also exists outside of the conservancy.