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Arctic Pacific Lakes Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Road access to the canoe launch area at the upper Parsnip River Bridge
Road access to the canoe launch area at the upper Parsnip River Bridge on The Chuchinka-Arctic Forest Service Road is in good condition, the road has been brushed back and easy to travel due to recent logging. Use caution while crossing any of the road bridges on the way in due to some rotten decking.
About This Park
The main feature of the 13,887 hectare park is three small lakes that straddle the Continental Divide in a narrow, steep-sided glacial overflow channel. Arctic Lake is located in the headwaters of the Parsnip River that eventually drains into the Arctic Ocean. Portage and Pacific Lakes drain via James Creek into Herrick Creek and the McGregor River, which empties into the Fraser River on the way to the Pacific. This is a unique watershed as water flows to the Pacific and also to the Arctic Ocean.
The lakes are a beautiful turquoise colour, and situated in a very scenic area, with alpine peaks and ridges as a distant backdrop. Situated in an area of limestone bedrock, some watercourses drain underground. Valley bottoms alongside the lakes support wet meadows and mixed forest. Valley sides include extensive avalanche chutes and small, picturesque waterfalls.
The park protects very high value fall and spring grizzly habitat, and year-round caribou habitat. Lakes and streams support diverse fish populations, and provide excellent opportunities for fishing. Diverse fish populations including lake trout, bull trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, dolly varden, mountain whitefish, redside shiner, lake char, and chinook salmon, and arctic grayling in Arctic Lake.
This protected area contains an old aboriginal route that was followed by Alexander Mackenzie in 1793 during the first crossing of the continent to the Pacific Ocean.
Established Date: June 29, 2000
Park Size: 13,887 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Potential human/bear conflicts. This area is excellent black and grizzly bear habitat. Users of the area must be knowledgeable about wilderness travel and the necessary precautions. See the general visitor safety information below.
- Bring your own drinking water; potable water is not available in the park.
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Nature and Culture
- History: This protected area contains an old aboriginal route that was followed by Alexander Mackenzie in 1793 during the first crossing of the continent to the Pacific Ocean.
- Cultural Heritage: Archaeological sites are found around Arctic Lake. This area is used by the McLeod Lake Indian Band for berry picking, hunting, and fishing.
- Wildlife: Very high fall and spring grizzly populations and year-round caribou habitat. Diverse fish populations including lake trout, bull trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, Dolly Varden, mountain whitefish, redside shiner, lake char, and chinook salmon, and Arctic Grayling in Arctic Lake.
- Management Planning Information
- There is currently no approved valid management plan for this area. Management plans are prepared as soon as practicable, subject to available resources and the ability of key planning partners to participate.