Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park is true wilderness, dominated by high, serrated peaks and glaciers, and densely forested valleys featuring attractive lakes and lush wetlands. The park is situated in the interior wet belt between Bowron Lake and Wells Gray Provincial Parks. These parks now create one continuous protected area in the Cariboo Mountains that is over 760,000 hectares in size.
The park incorporates a diverse landscape ranging from mountain peaks and tarn lakes in hanging alpine valleys, to extensive meadows, large wetland complexes, and ancient red-cedar and hemlock forests. These diverse habitats support an equally diverse array of wildlife species. Though current use levels are low, Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park offers extensive, though undeveloped, opportunities for backcountry adventures.
Vehicle access camping is available at the Ghost Lake Recreation Site. This small, remote site features views down the lake and up into the surrounding mountains, and is adjacent to the scenic Matthew River Falls.
Park Size: 113,469 hectares
Recreation Sites and Trails BC manages the recreation site at Ghost Lake. There are 4 small sites, which are fairly open. The sites are open year-round when accessible extra vehicles can park in the parking lot. Its attractive location near Matthew River Falls makes it worth a visit. The closest stores are in Likely or Wells. There is no fee to stay in this recreation site.
Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.
Fish for sockeye, coho, chinook, kokanee, bull trout or rainbow trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The park is open to hunting. Please refer to the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Sysnopsis for more information.
The park is located northeast of Likely and east of Quesnel. The Ghost Lake recreation site can be accessed by travelling to Barkerville from Quesnel via Highway 26, and then taking the 3100 Forestry Road (gravel) from Barkerville. The park is located approximately 70 km (allow 1.5 hours) from Barkerville on the 3100 road. This is an active logging road: please drive cautiously with headlights on. Turn left onto a sign-posted 4-km access road, which leads to the recreation site.
Another route to Ghost Lake is via Likely (about 90 km). The 8400 Road (Cariboo Lake Road) from Likely leads north past Cariboo Lake, and eventually connects up with the 3100 Road. Follow this to the Ghost Lake turnoff (signed), turn right and drive another 4 km to the recreation site. The park can also be accessed from the McBride Valley via the Castle Creek Forest Service Road, which leads up Castle Creek and ends about 5 km from the park boundary.
Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park can also be accessed from Quesnel Lake by boat or along logging roads. However, no trails link Bowron Lake and Wells Gray Provincial Parks to Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park.
Please refer to the Cariboo Forest Region Recreation Map (East) published by the Ministry of Forests for more information. For map information, refer to topographic map numbers: 1:50, 000 92A/16, 92A/15, and 92A/9.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.