Blue River Black Spruce Provincial Park
About This Park
An area of deep river meanders, oxbows, sandbars, and uplands in the North Thompson River. This park protects the southern most extent of black spruce into the region. Nature study and ecological education opportunities exist in the area. Also, the park has river access for canoeing. Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided here.
Know Before You Go
- Wildlife is potentially dangerous and may be encountered at any time. Never approach or feed bears or any wild animal. Make lots of noise when hiking where signs of bear are found.
- There are no developed trails in the park.
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
Location and Maps
230 km north of Kamloops on Hwy #5; the Park is located beside Hwy #5, on the North Thompson River, on the north boundary of the community of Blue River. The nearest communities, towns and cities are Blue River, Clearwater, Vavenby, McBride and Kamloops.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was created on April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan. The park will be managed according to the Interim Management Direction Statement for Blue River - Black Spruce Park.
- Conservation: The park protects diverse wetland habitat that includes an extensive stand of black spruce, which is unique to the region. Noted for acidification of soils with associated plants: sundew, Labrador tea, sphagnum moss, and sundew. Also noted for moose calving, rearing and winter habitat as well as mule deer and black bear use in the spring. The area is important rainbow and bull trout spawning habitat, and chinook and coho juvenile salmon rearing habitat. The area is also used for nesting by Great Blue Heron. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park's natural heritage, please don't damage or remove them.
- Wildlife: Fish species include rainbow and bull trout, chinook and coho salmon. Noted habitat for moose, black bear, and mule deer. Bird species include great blue heron and a variety of waterfowl. Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.